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Kuroda plans huge bond binge for BOJ

Apr 05, 2013

Kuroda plans huge bond binge for BOJ

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Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda reveals his strategy for ending more than a decade of deflation by expanding the central bank's purchases of government bonds and allowing it to buy riskier assets.

Apr 05, 2013

Funds gripe snags SDF isle defense deployment

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The Defense Ministry may have to abandon a plan to station a Ground Self-Defense Force coastal monitoring unit on Okinawa’s Yonaguni Island because negotiations with the town over the price of land have deadlocked. “If the current situation continues, we have no choice but ...

Apr 05, 2013

Fast Retailing chief Yanai richest person in Japan: Forbes

Fast Retailing Co. President and Chairman Tadashi Yanai topped U.S. magazine Forbes’ 2013 list of the 50 wealthiest in Japan announced Thursday. With assets of $15.5 billion as of March 25, Yanai remained in the top spot for the second straight year. His assets ...

Honda recalls 145,573 vehicles over fire-prone defect

Apr 05, 2013

Honda recalls 145,573 vehicles over fire-prone defect

Honda Motor Co. told the transport ministry Thursday it is recalling 145,573 of its Vamos, Vamos Hobio and Z cars due to an engine parts defect that could cause a fire. Subject to the recall are vehicles of those three models produced between October ...

Aomori blossoms 'best': poll

Apr 05, 2013

Aomori blossoms 'best': poll

Residents of Aomori Prefecture spend more time and money on cherry blossom viewing than people do in the nation’s other 46 prefectures, according to a recent survey by Weathernews Inc. The survey showed that the average per-capita number of planned cherry blossom viewing occasions ...

Nissan sees rebound in China this quarter

Apr 05, 2013

Nissan sees rebound in China this quarter

Nissan Motor Co., the most successful Japanese automaker in China, expects sales in the world’s largest automobile market to rebound within three months as demand for Japanese-branded vehicles recovers. “We’ve seen growth in retail year on year in March and year to date,” Andy ...

To communicate in English, TOEFL is vital: LDP panel

Apr 05, 2013

To communicate in English, TOEFL is vital: LDP panel

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English-language education at public schools should shift in emphasis to verbal communications skills, and for that purpose, universities must adopt the Test of English as a Foreign Language for entrance exams, the head of the Liberal Democratic Party’s education reform panel said. If the ...

Four tsunami-hit Otsuchi schools merge into one

Apr 05, 2013

Four tsunami-hit Otsuchi schools merge into one

Otsuchi Elementary School in disaster-stricken Iwate Prefecture held an opening ceremony Thursday to mark its merger with three nearby schools as the number of local children keeps declining following the killer 2011 tsunami. The ceremony took place in a gymnasium in a makeshift school ...

Apr 05, 2013

Mistake halts Fukushima No. 1 water cleaner

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday a system that can substantially reduce radioactive substances in tainted water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has been halted because of a worker’s operational mistake. The advanced liquid processing system, or ALPS, had been in continuous ...

Apr 05, 2013

Diet opens debate on Hague Convention bills

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Amid mounting international pressure on Japan to rectify cross-border parental abductions of offspring, the House of Representatives on Thursday started deliberating bills related to joining the Hague Convention. Signing the accord was one of the pledges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made to U.S. President ...

KLM now flying from Fukuoka to Amsterdam

Apr 05, 2013

KLM now flying from Fukuoka to Amsterdam

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines launched a direct fight service between Fukuoka and Amsterdam on Thursday, becoming the first carrier to regularly connect the city with Europe. A KLM Boeing 777 jet carrying about 300 passengers landed at Fukuoka airport at around 8 a.m., with ...

Apr 05, 2013

Utility, trader to launch first overseas geothermal project

Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Thursday it will launch a geothermal power generation project in Indonesia with trading house Itochu Corp. This marks the first overseas geothermal power generation project by a Japanese electric power company. Kyushu Electric said a power plant will begin ...

Apr 05, 2013

Government to let ships carry armed guards

The government is set to submit a bill to the Diet that would permit armed guards on Japanese ships after their presence on other vessels in waters off Somalia led to a sharp fall in piracy. Some 18,000 ships annually sail through the Gulf ...

Apr 05, 2013

Australia wants tariffs on Japanese cars to linger

Australia has demanded it be allowed to keep its 5 percent tariff on Japanese car imports in place in bilateral free-trade negotiations with Japan. The demand is apparently a response to Tokyo’s recent decision to tolerate U.S. auto tariffs in separate trade negotiations, a ...

Maryland House passes firearm bill

Apr 05, 2013

Maryland House passes firearm bill

The Maryland House of Delegates passed what would be among the most restrictive U.S. gun-control measures Wednesday, voting to ratchet up the state’s already tough rules by requiring fingerprinting of gun buyers, new limits on firearm purchases by the mentally ill, and bans on ...

China touts sea burials as space for graves shrinks

Apr 05, 2013

China touts sea burials as space for graves shrinks

In a country of almost 1.4 billion people, life for Chinese is an unending struggle for resources. And it doesn’t get easier in death. Prices for graves are skyrocketing, driven by decades of unbridled development and scarce city land. The government’s answer to this ...

Spain royal to face court in graft case

Apr 05, 2013

Spain royal to face court in graft case

A Spanish judge named King Juan Carlos’ daughter Princess Cristina as a suspect in a corruption case on Wednesday, dealing a spectacular blow to the prestige of the royal family. The decision, the first time a direct relation of the king has been called ...

Apr 05, 2013

Abe government honors sluggers

The Abe government helps get Japan's pro baseball season started by conferring the People's Honor Award on two Giant sluggers a generation apart.

Apr 05, 2013

North Korea's provocations

International community members must deepen cooperation and watch their behavior as long as North Korea keeps baiting them with war drums.

Audiard's method: as slow and steady as the waves

Apr 05, 2013

Audiard's method: as slow and steady as the waves

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My first impression of director Jacques Audiard is that he’s almost as wired as the street-punk hero of his film “The Beat That My Heart Skipped,” fidgeting in his chair, desperate for a smoke, jumping in mid-translation to clarify a point. Entering his sixth ...

Leno to leave 'Tonight Show' in spring 2014

Apr 05, 2013

Leno to leave 'Tonight Show' in spring 2014

For the second time in about four years, Jay Leno is stepping down from NBC’s iconic late-night franchise “The Tonight Show.” This time, he’ll exit in spring 2014 to make way for “Late Night” star Jimmy Fallon. Fallon will take over sometime after that, ...

'Sakura, Futatabi no Kanako (Orpheus' Lyre)'

Apr 05, 2013

'Sakura, Futatabi no Kanako (Orpheus' Lyre)'

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I used to think that religion in Japan was for most a matter of custom, not belief. You clap your hands at the shrine because that’s what people do, not because you think the resident gods are actually listening. But as Minoru Kurimura’s drama ...

'Rust and Bone'

Apr 05, 2013

'Rust and Bone'

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A boxer knows how to get back up when knocked down. So when life spins out for French bare-knuckle fighter Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), he spends his last euros on a train out of town, his 5-year-old son in tow. It’s a responsibility this sullen ...

'Hitchcock'

Apr 05, 2013

'Hitchcock'

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A more suitable title to this would be: “Hitch and Alma: The love story.” But as Alma — the wife of cinema giant Alfred Hitchcock — complains in this fictional and wildly entertaining account of Hitchcock’s private life, no one pays her any attention ...

'Terraferma'

Apr 05, 2013

'Terraferma'

Set on the tiny isle of Linosa, halfway between Sicily and Tunisia, “Terraferma” follows a crusty old sailor, Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio), and his naive grandson Filippo (Filippo Pucillo), who still run an old fishing boat. Filippo’s widowed mother, Giulietta (Sicilian beauty Donatella Finocchiaro), decides ...

Ieyasu rides again in parade

Apr 05, 2013

Ieyasu rides again in parade

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There aren’t many people as important in the history of Japan as Tokugawa Ieyasu. He was the man who, in 1603, seized power over the whole country as he launched the Tokugawa Shogunate, which lasted until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Since he is ...

Bullington leads Carp to first victory of season

Apr 05, 2013

Bullington leads Carp to first victory of season

Right-hander Bryan Bullington allowed three leadoff singles but no runs over seven innings on Thursday to earn the Hiroshima Carp’s first win of the season, a 1-0 decision over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows at Mazda Stadium. Bullington, the losing pitcher in the Carp’s season-opener, ...