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31 Oct
Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda points to a placard showing BOJ policy decisions during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo on Friday. The Bank of Japan surprised global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive stimulus spending in a stark admission that economic growth…
31 Oct
Japan's central bank expanded its asset purchases in a surprise move Friday to shore up sagging growth in the world's No. 3 economy. The Bank of Japan said it would increase its asset purchases by between 10 trillion yen and 20 trillion yen to about 80 trillion yen annually. The…
31 Oct
The Tokyo Harvest event will be held on November 8th and 9th in Roppongi Hills Arena to express gratitude to farmers and fishermen. Tokyo Harvest was launched last November, attracting about 30,000 people. This year, Tokyo Harvest will take place not only in Roppongi Hills Arena but in various special…
31 Oct
The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reopened all of Yoyogi Park, 57 days after dengue-carrying mosquitoes were found there. Parts of the park had been off limits to the public as health workers sprayed pesticide to try to kill off the insect colony. Officials said that with the onset of…
31 Oct
Japanese shares surged more than 5% on Friday after the Bank of Japan ramped up its vast monetary easing program, sending the yen into freefall. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index jumped 5.09% to 16,455.84 points following the surprise BOJ decision. After a one-day meeting, policymakers said they would add up…
31 Oct
Two women were killed and one man remains in a coma after two vehicles collided in Kasumigaura City, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Thursday night. According to police, the accident occurred just after 11:30 p.m. on National Route 354. NTV quoted police as saying that a station wagon carrying five men and…
31 Oct
North Korea had told Japan it intends to deepen its probe into the fate of Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang decades ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, but there was no indication of any imminent breakthrough. "North Korea indicated its stance to thoroughly deepen its investigation from…
31 Oct
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 39-year-old member of the Air Self-Defense Force on a charge of attempted murder after he pushed a man onto the train tracks at JR Okubo Station in Shinjuku Ward. The incident occurred at around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The suspect, identified as Lt-Col Yoshiaki…
31 Oct
A Malaysian family on Friday sued the government and beleaguered national carrier for negligence in the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370, in what is believed to be the first lawsuit filed over the disaster. The suit was filed by lawyers on behalf of the two underage sons of Jee Jing…
31 Oct
China called on Japan on Thursday to stop scrambling its jets against Chinese aircraft following a rise in the number of such operations, saying it was a source of flying safety concerns. Tension has been high between Asia's two largest economies in recent months, with each accusing the other of…
31 Oct
The Boston Red Sox have signed Koji Uehara for two more years, committing $18 million to the reliever who closed out the 2013 World Series but struggled along with the team this season. One year to the day after Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to seal Boston's third title in…
31 Oct
Japanese inflation slowed further in September as consumers tightened their purse strings, data showed on Friday, fuelling concerns that a tax hike this year could detail the nation's economic recovery. The internal affairs ministry said Japan's core consumer inflation, stripping out volatile fresh food prices, came in at 3% year-on-year,…
31 Oct
Asia News Weekly host Steve Miller returns with an episode chocked full with important updates from the region. First, he explores the current state of the Hong Kong protests. After more than a month, where are the protests headed? Miller explains why the vote canceled last week has done harm…
31 Oct
31 Oct
A vanguard force of Iraqi peshmerga troops entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey on Thursday, part of a larger group of 150 fighters that the Kurds hope will turn back an offensive by militants of the Islamic State group. The deployment, accompanied by 50 members of…
31 Oct
A nurse defied Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients, leaving her home Thursday for a bike ride. The governor of Main said negotiations with the nurse have broken down and he is ready to exercise the "full extent" of this authority to protect the…
31 Oct
The reduced purchasing power of the Japanese yen -- part of the anti-deflationary strategy espoused by Abenomics -- is to be blamed for higher prices on a number of imported consumer items. But what about domestically raised pork? In August, reports Weekly Playboy (Nov 10), Kiyoken, the marketer of Yokohama's…
31 Oct
All Nippon Airways (ANA) said on Thursday its half-year net profit soared 78% as an expansion of one of Tokyo's airports boosted the carrier's international business. The airline earned 35.77 billion yen against a 20.07 billion net profit a year earlier, while April-September sales rose 9.1% to 854.82 billion yen,…
31 Oct
Campaigning got under way Thursday for the Nov 26 Okinawa gubernatorial election, with the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ air base at Futenma the biggest issue. Incumbent Gov Hirokazu Nakaim, 75, is running for a third four-year term. He is being challenged by former Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga,…
31 Oct
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands are greeted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie before a banquet hosted by Abe at the Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo on Thursday.
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