Stocks close 0.13% higher
News On Japan via Japan Today -- Aug 02
Tokyo stocks closed 0.13% higher Thursday on hopes that the European Central Bank will announce stimulus measures to help ease the eurozone debt crisis.
The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange gained 11.33 points to 8,653.18 while the Topix index of all first-section shares rose 0.44% or 3.20 points to 732.98.
Hopes for European action were rising ahead of an ECB policy meeting later Thursday, stoked after the bank's chief Mario Draghi said last week it would do whatever was necessary to support the euro.
|| Japan's child kidnapping problem |
| || Dozens of American children are abducted to Japan every year-not by strangers, but by parents after messy divorces. (thedailybeast.com ) |
|| China cracks down on over-the-top anti-Japan dramas |
| || 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 ) |
|| Man kills 3 family members, then himself |
| || Police said Friday they have found four dead bodies in an apartment in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, in what is believed to have been a family murder-suicide. (Japan Today ) |
|| Chinese tourists a bane for Japanese hookers |
| || 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) |
|| 6 dead in freighter fire at Wakkanai |
| || Six sailors were found dead after a fire on a foreign freighter docked at a port in Hokkaido, northern Japan.
The sailors are presumed to be Russians. (NHK ) |