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Japan’s Life Insurers Facing Hurdles Wherever They Seek Returns

24-Oct-2015 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM

Japan’s biggest life insurers face hurdles wherever they seek returns in the fiscal second half, as Bank of Japan debt buying depresses local yields, the yen shows [...]
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Tourist Spending in Japan Reaches Record $8.3 Billion

23-Oct-2015 Intellasia | Skift | 6:00 AM

Foreign tourists to Japan spent a record 1 trillion yen ($8.3 billion) in the three months through September as Chinese visitors – encouraged by a weaker yen – [...]
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Japan Startup Gets Bank Money as Entrepreneurship Grows

23-Oct-2015 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM

Tucked in a shabby alley of Shibuya, Japan’s Silicon Valley, is a startup that’s done the almost impossible: win funding from the country’s notoriously [...]
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China Tests Japan’s Resolve Over East China Sea

23-Oct-2015 Intellasia | The Diplomat | 6:00 AM

The Japan Air Self Defense Force scrambled its jets 117 times against Chinese planes in the third quarter of 2015, up from 103 times in the same period last year, the [...]
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Why Japan wants to transform into a ‘hydrogen society’

23-Oct-2015 Intellasia | Fortune | 6:00 AM

Japan is making a big bet on an alternative fuel for the future – but will it pay off? The Japanese government has joined forces with some of the country’s [...]
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2015 casino expansion off the table in Japan

23-Oct-2015 Intellasia | Reviewjournal | 6:00 AM

Once again, casino legislation in Japan appears dead. Union Gaming Group Managing Partner Grant Govertsen said the Japanese legislative body decided not to hold a special [...]
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Japan casino bill scuttled until 2016

23-Oct-2015 Intellasia | Worldcasinodirectory | 6:00 AM

Gaming legislation that would legalise casinos in Japan this year has been scuttled once again as local sources report that plans for an extraordinary session of parliament [...]
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Japan eager for face time with Trudeau to talk trade, energy, security

23-Oct-2015 Intellasia | The Province | 6:00 AM

Japan is eager to talk to Canada about moving forward on some important trade, energy and security projects, so it hopes Justin Trudeau will attend next month’s G20 and [...]
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Japanese monk goes nine days without food, water or sleep

23-Oct-2015 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

A Japanese Buddhist monk on Wednesday finished a gruelling nine-day ritual without eating, drinking, or sleeping as he chanted sutras 100,000 times, reports said. The [...]
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Japan offers India soft loan for $15 billion bullet train in edge over China

23-Oct-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Japan has offered to finance India’s first bullet train, estimated to cost $15 billion, at an interest rate of less than 1 percent, officials said, stealing a march on [...]
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JGBs edge up as US bond gains, lower Nikkei give market lift

23-Oct-2015 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Japanese government bond prices edged up on Thursday as gains by US Treasuries and a slip in Tokyo’s Nikkei gave the debt market a lift. The benchmark 10-year JGB yield [...]
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Japan lawmakers visit controversial Yasukuni Shrine en masse

Japan lawmakers visit controversial Yasukuni Shrine en masse

22-Oct-2015 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

The group of 73 politicians and 96 representatives of other lawmakers came to the shrine to mark the autumn festival. Scores of Japanese lawmakers visited the controversial [...]
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Shinzo Abe Stays Away as Japanese Lawmakers Visit Contentious Yasukuni Shrine

22-Oct-2015 Intellasia | NY Times | 6:00 AM

In what has become a familiar ritual for conservative politicians here, dozens of lawmakers on Tuesday visited a shrine to Japan’s war dead that is regarded by [...]
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Japan trade deficit narrows but exports fall short

22-Oct-2015 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM

Japan’s trade deficit narrowed in September to 114.5 billion yen ($955 million) but exports fell short of expectations as demand from China waned. The monthly trade [...]
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Japan exports to China slump in challenge for Tokyo’s growth bid

22-Oct-2015 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Japanese exports to China fell again last month as a slowdown in the world’s number two economy weighs on the countries’ huge trading links, official data showed [...]
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