Japan's economy minister said Thursday that Tokyo may intervene in the currency market on its own to rein in the yen's strength, even without the consent of the U.S.
The minister, Seiji Maehara, also said foreign exchange was an issue over which Japan and the U.S. were at odds, and that their differences couldn't be resolved through negotiations.
"If we judge that the yen has become excessively strong, even if we have held prior talks, it's true that Japan may intervene on its own," Mr. Maehara said in an exclusive interview, when asked about U.S.-Japan relations over currency policy.
At 2:46pm every Japanese television channel paused to remember the dead, cancelling their regularly scheduled programming to show the prayers of Japanese people around the country.
That is, every channel except one. One decided to air Alien: Resurrection instead. (ibtimes.co.uk )
Kochi prefectural police are investigating an incident involving a man who sustained severe injuries after being stabbed several times in the abdomen. Police said they believe the attack is linked to a dispute the victim was having with another man over their children dating. (Japan Today )
Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today )
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com )
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )