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AIIB rise reflects new economies

Apr 18, 2015

AIIB rise reflects new economies

A planned Chinese-led investment bank may not have been the major theme at a meeting of Group of 20 finance chiefs, but it drew significant attention amid the growing presence of emerging economies. On the sidelines of the gathering, which ended Friday, Finance Minister ...

Sunflowers sew grass-roots exchanges with Fukushima

Feb 23, 2015

Sunflowers sew grass-roots exchanges with Fukushima

Machiko Shibata and Yuka Horai are among the girl scouts who have visited Fukushima Prefecture after becoming “foster parents” for sunflower seeds delivered from the disaster-hit region. When the girl scouts from Chiba Prefecture joined the Fukushima Sunflower Foster Parent Project in summer 2011 ...

Swiss aviator prepares to fly solar plane around the globe

Jul 1, 2014

Swiss aviator prepares to fly solar plane around the globe

A Swiss psychiatrist-turned-adventurer who circumnavigated the globe in a hot air balloon now wants to become the first to do it in a solar-powered aircraft. Bertrand Piccard, 56, believes the flight by Solar Impulse 2 offers a chance to promote renewable energy over nuclear ...

Nestle takes aim at Japan market as demand for coffee rises

Jun 17, 2014

Nestle takes aim at Japan market as demand for coffee rises

The domestic coffee market hit a record high last year, with consumption reaching 446,392 tons, according to the All Japan Coffee Association. “Coffee was originally thought a social drink to be consumed at coffee shops,” said Toyohide Nishino, the association’s executive director. “But the ...

May 15, 2014

Restructure or suffer, Fed official warns Japan

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams said Thursday structural reforms are needed if Japan is to solve long-term problems, including its aging society and shrinking workforce, calling monetary policy “a limited tool.” The potential of the Japanese economy and how fast ...

Things look up for Tokyo's jilted felines

Mar 26, 2014

Things look up for Tokyo's jilted felines

Good news for cat lovers without cats: You can now find your new pet and an apartment to share it with at the same time. Keiko Morishita, an embassy employee and Tokyo resident, is one of those whose apartments have become “temporary shelters” for ...

Kyoto has recipe for promoting food

Jan 3, 2014

Kyoto has recipe for promoting food

Now that traditional Japanese cuisine has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage list, Japan is looking to train foreign chefs in the ways of “washoku” to promote proper worldwide appreciation of the culinary heritage. At the forefront is the cultural capital of Kyoto. Since ...