Fans flock early to snag Murakami's latest book

Apr 13, 2013

Fans flock early to snag Murakami's latest book

Fans of Haruki Murakami lined up at bookstores from the wee hours of Friday morning to be the first to get their hands on the famed author’s much-anticipated new novel. “Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei no Toshi,” (“Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki ...

Kuroda defends his major policy shakeup

Apr 11, 2013

Kuroda defends his major policy shakeup

The impact of the dramatic monetary policies adopted last week by the Bank of Japan was “within expectations,” but the bank will keep a close watch on markets, BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Wednesday. Speaking during a joint interview with The Japan Times and ...

Kuroda plans huge bond binge for BOJ

Apr 5, 2013

Kuroda plans huge bond binge for BOJ

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.

Mar 30, 2013

'Loophole drugs' easy for teenagers to obtain

Use of quasi-legal “loophole drugs” is spreading quickly and teens are getting caught up due to easy access and lack of proper awareness, the latest studies show. According to a survey released Thursday of more than 54,000 junior high school students by the National ...

Mar 25, 2013

Abe wants TOEFL to be key exam

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not satisfied with revising monetary policy — he also appears bent on reviving another failing field: the public's ability to speak English.

Deflation foe Kuroda takes helm of BOJ

Mar 22, 2013

Deflation foe Kuroda takes helm of BOJ

New Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda reiterated his determination to end Japan’s decades-long deflation after officially being named to the position Thursday by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “I was told to do all I can and bring the Japanese economy out of deflation,” ...

Shirakawa exits after 'turbulent' BOJ term

Mar 20, 2013

Shirakawa exits after 'turbulent' BOJ term

Departing Bank of Japan Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa expresses regret for not being able to end a decades-long struggle with deflation during his "turbulent" five years in office, but adds that he believes a recovery is possible.

Ginza stage set for Kabukiza's fifth coming

| Mar 19, 2013

Ginza stage set for Kabukiza's fifth coming

The venerable Kabukiza Theater in Tokyo’s Ginza district reopens April 2 after three years of renovations and the addition of a 29-floor attached office tower. A key venue for kabuki and other performances since 1889, the theater will retain its original ornate Japanese facade. ...

Kuroda rides in on high hopes, high-set bar

| Mar 16, 2013

Kuroda rides in on high hopes, high-set bar

“Abenomics” looks ready to bloom just in time for spring, given the Diet’s approval Friday of Haruhiko Kuroda as the next governor of the Bank of Japan. As head of the central bank, Kuroda, currently president of the Asian Development Bank, will have vast ...