Japan is set to impose sanctions against North Korea's primary foreign exchange bank, in line with the United States.
Undersecretary of the US Treasury Department David Cohen met the Director General of Japan's Finance Ministry's International Bureau Tatsuo Yamasaki in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Cohen explained the US decision to ban the Foreign Trade Bank of North Korea from engaging in transactions with US financial institutions, as part of sanctions against the North's nuclear development program, and sought cooperation from Japan.
Yamasaki informed Cohen of Japan's intention to follow suit with the US.
The government will soon block the North Korean bank from doing business with Japanese banks.
A strong 6.1 earthquake has struck off the northern coast of Japan's main Honshu island, seismologists say, but no tsunami warning was issued and there are no immediate reports of damage. (news.com.au )
Yahoo Japan Corp said on Friday night it suspected that up to 22 million of its user IDs may have been "leaked" and it detected an unauthorized attempt to access the administrative system of its web portal Yahoo Japan, the Kyodo news agency reported. (Reuters )
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)