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Reform and we'll invest, India told

Apr 03, 2013

Reform and we'll invest, India told

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday Japan is willing to cooperate in developing infrastructure in India, but urged the South Asian nation to pursue financial-sector regulatory reform and improve its tax system in order to increase Japanese investment there, Foreign Ministry officials said. In ...

Lobbyist urges Abe to spur demand for loans

Apr 03, 2013

Lobbyist urges Abe to spur demand for loans

New bank lobby chief Takeshi Kunibe urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to follow through on his pledge to spark private investment through deregulation, a stimulus element the group says is key to boosting anemic loan demand. “Domestic lending is turning around, but it isn’t ...

Hopes ride on Mazda3, soft yen to keep stock up

Apr 03, 2013

Hopes ride on Mazda3, soft yen to keep stock up

The slide in the yen has turned Mazda Motor Corp.’s biggest weakness into its biggest strength. All Japan’s most export-dependent automaker has to do now is sell more cars. Japan’s fifth-largest car company has the wind of the yen’s 16 percent descent in the ...

Nippon Ishin not an ally in race, DPJ says

Apr 03, 2013

Nippon Ishin not an ally in race, DPJ says

The Democratic Party of Japan does not plan to cooperate with Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) in the Upper House election this summer. “We will not cooperate with Ishin,” DPJ Secretary General Goshi Hosono told a news conference Monday after a party ...

Renovated Kabukiza reopens in Ginza district

Apr 03, 2013

Renovated Kabukiza reopens in Ginza district

The Kabukiza theater, spiritual home of the 410-year-old performing art, reopened Tuesday in Ginza, Tokyo, after a three-year hiatus following extensive renovation work. As part of the “kokera otoshi” series of performances to commemorate the grand opening, both veteran and young actors will perform ...

| Apr 03, 2013

Religious 'radicals' behind unrest

Two years after a repressive junta ceded power, Myanmar is grappling with a surge in religious extremism that experts trace to anti-Muslim “provocateurs,” including radical Buddhist monks. At least 43 people have been killed while mosques, schools and Muslim homes have been destroyed over ...

Moleskines are shaping virtual notebooks

Apr 03, 2013

Moleskines are shaping virtual notebooks

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Australian author Bruce Chatwin has a lot to answer for. Specifically, he's responsible for a forthcoming initial public offering (IPO) on the Italian stock market. It all goes back to something he wrote in his 1986 book "The Songlines."

D'Orazio: Digital photos kill beauty

Apr 03, 2013

D'Orazio: Digital photos kill beauty

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Sante D’Orazio, a photographer at the heart of the supermodel era, believes the switch to digital cameras means greater detail than ever before, but the loss of something more important: beauty. “The sense of emotion is gone. It creates a detachment from the subject. ...

Eagles rout Buffaloes in home opener

Apr 03, 2013

Eagles rout Buffaloes in home opener

Masahiro Tanaka threw seven innings of one-run ball and got plenty of help from catcher Motohiro Shima, who drove in four runs on a pair of singles and triple as the Rakuten Eagles rolled to an 8-2 win over the Orix Buffaloes in their ...

Hiroshima faces ACL group elimination

Apr 03, 2013

Hiroshima faces ACL group elimination

J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima are in danger of first-round elimination in the Asian Champions League after suffering their third consecutive defeat in a 1-0 loss to South Korea’s Pohang Steelers on Tuesday. Bae Chun Suk scored the only goal midway through the opening ...

Akita veteran guard Hasegawa to retire after season

Apr 03, 2013

Akita veteran guard Hasegawa to retire after season

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What has been expected for many months is now official: Makoto Hasegawa is set to retire after this season, the Akita Sakigake Shimpo and other media outlets reported on Tuesday, Hasegawa’s 42nd birthday. The veteran point guard, who has only appeared in eight games ...