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May 05, 2013

U.S. jobless rate lowest since 2008

The U.S. unemployment rate falls to its lowest in more than four years, sending stock markets to new heights and dispelling fears that the recovery has stumbled.

Generators likely caused Bangladesh factory disaster

May 05, 2013

Generators likely caused Bangladesh factory disaster

A top investigator probing the recent garment factory disaster in Bangladesh on Friday blamed vibrations from four illegal generators for the collapse of the building, in which more than 500 workers were killed. The preliminary findings of the government probe, as described by lead ...

ASEAN, East Asia knit closer financial ties

May 05, 2013

ASEAN, East Asia knit closer financial ties

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus Japan, China and South Korea have agreed to enhance the region’s financial cooperation, despite the absence of the Chinese and South Korean finance ministers. At the so-called ASEAN Plus Three meeting involving East Asia’s three largest economies, ...

Article 96 invites sent out to Ishin, Your Party

May 05, 2013

Article 96 invites sent out to Ishin, Your Party

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged opposition groups Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) and Your Party to help him revise Article 96 of the Constitution to make it easier to amend the supreme code. “I’m asking for cooperation in forming a majority” ...

ADB flags danger of Asia forming 'asset bubbles'

May 05, 2013

ADB flags danger of Asia forming 'asset bubbles'

Emerging Asia needs to be on guard against “asset bubbles” as central banks around the globe loosen monetary policy, Asia Development Bank Managing Director Rajat Nag warned. “The positive thing of quantitative easing out of Japan and other economies is that they will start ...

Malaysia rivals ready for poll

May 05, 2013

Malaysia rivals ready for poll

Malaysia’s bitter political rivals launched a last-ditch campaign sprint Saturday on the eve of the first elections in the country’s history in which the long-ruling regime faces possible defeat. Prime Minister Najib Razak and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim barnstormed through their home regions, where ...

North aid contingent on abductees

May 05, 2013

North aid contingent on abductees

Even if North Korea gives up its nuclear arms, Japan would not resume aid to the isolated state until it clears up the abductions of Japanese citizens dating back more than three decades, said Keiji Furuya, minister of state for the issue. Prime Minister ...

Motegi seeks quick U.S. approval of LNG exports

May 05, 2013

Motegi seeks quick U.S. approval of LNG exports

Trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi has requested early U.S. approval of liquefied natural gas exports in a meeting with Acting Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman in Washington, saying that securing a relatively cheap energy source is crucial to Japan. Poneman told Motegi on Friday that he ...

May 05, 2013

Mr. Inose does not understand

The Tokyo governor's remarks about Olympic Games rival Istanbul shows that he is not yet quite ready to participate in international society, let alone host the games.

May 05, 2013

Tokyo Rainbow Week

Tokyo Rainbow Week, inaugurated April 27 and financially backed by several corporations, saw events aimed at supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals.

Revealing the many masks of Mishima

May 05, 2013

Revealing the many masks of Mishima

by Paul Mccarthy

This is a whale of a book — both unusually massive and extremely informative and stimulating. The title means “mask” in Latin and is probably an allusion to Yukio Mishima’s first full-length novel, “Confessions of a Mask,” published in Japan in 1949 and translated ...

May 05, 2013

Wenger says he plans to remain with Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has no intention of leaving Arsenal before his current contract expires, he said on Friday and indicated he could yet stay with the club beyond 2014. The 63-year-old Frenchman, the Gunners’ manager since 1996, has recently been linked to a move to ...