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Putin says he’s ready to discuss isle row but hits Japan’s sanctions over Ukraine

18-Apr-2015 Intellasia | Japan Times | 6:00 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow is ready to hold territorial talks with Japan but that Tokyo’s move to back sanctions against Moscow over the [...]
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BOJ’s Kuroda counters IMF’s gloomy forecast on Japan inflation

18-Apr-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Thursday defended the central bank’s rosy inflation forecasts, saying the gap with the gloomy estimates made by the IMF were [...]
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JGBs gain on firm results from BOJ operation, stronger US and euro zone debt

18-Apr-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Japanese government bond prices rose on Friday as the market took heart from firm results in the Bank of Japan’s debt-buying operation. Declines in US and euro zone [...]
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Russia-Japan relations over disputed islands unchanged after Crimea – Putin | Reuters

18-Apr-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Russia’s relations with Japan over disputed Pacific Islands have not changed following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir [...]
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Japan, US agree ADB, World Bank may issue joint loans with AIIB-Aso

18-Apr-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Japan and the United States agreed that global institutions like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank may work with the new Beijing-backed development bank by [...]
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Nissan says to expand US regional recall for Takata air bags

18-Apr-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Nissan Motor Co said on Friday it would expand an investigative recall in certain US regions to replace air bags made by Takata Corp (7312.T), adding about 45,000 Sentras [...]
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Critics: Biracial Miss Universe Japan, ‘Not Japanese Enough’

18-Apr-2015 Intellasia | NY Daily News | 6:00 AM

The newly crowned Miss Universe Japan – who was born and raised in Nagasaki and speaks fluent Japanese – isn’t Japanese enough, some critics say. Ariana [...]
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Japan trade seen back in surplus for 1st time since mid-2012

18-Apr-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Japan is expected to swing back into trade surplus in March for the first time since mid-2012 after a soft yen helped exports and lower oil prices cut import costs, a Reuters [...]
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Japan’s Sharp, banks near $1.7 billion bailout deal: source

18-Apr-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Japan’s Sharp Corp and its main banks are set to agree on Thursday to a $1.7 billion rescue and restructuring plan that will likely include a promise to split off its [...]
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Rush to China’s Bank Pushes US, Japan to Speed Up Trade Talks

18-Apr-2015 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM

China’s success in lining up 57 countries for a new infrastructure bank is piling pressure on the US and Japan to advance a Pacific trade deal seen as critical for the [...]
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Japan’s Creative, Ephemeral Homes

18-Apr-2015 Intellasia | WSJ | 6:00 AM

Would you buy a house that you knew would lose its value as years passed? That you would never be able to sell? That you might have to pay to demolish? In Japan, this is the [...]
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McDonald’s Japan Projects Wider Loss After Food Scandals

18-Apr-2015 Intellasia | WSJ | 6:00 AM

The operator of the McDonald’s chain in Japan said Thursday it expects to post deep losses in the current year and that it would be closing 131 of its stores. Unveiling [...]
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Why Japan just passed China as the number-one buyer of US debt

18-Apr-2015 Intellasia | VOX | 6:00 AM

Japan has just overtaken China as the largest foreign government buyer of US government debt, which hopefully can mark a time to finally retire dumb talking points about [...]
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Toyota Leaves Japan in the Dust

18-Apr-2015 Intellasia | Bloombergview | 6:00 AM

Nobody should be surprised that Toyota, flush with $18 billion in profits this year, has emerged as a major beneficiary of Abenomics. After all, the weakened yen at the [...]
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Japan jets scramble at Cold War levels as Chinese, Russian incursions continue to climb

18-Apr-2015 Intellasia | Japan Times | 6:00 AM

The Air Self-Defense Force said Wednesday that jet fighter scrambles have reached a level not seen since the height of the Cold War three decades ago, as Russian bombers [...]
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