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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 ...

G-20 to be given explanation on monetary easing

Apr 18, 2013

G-20 to be given explanation on monetary easing

Japan aims to seek global understanding of its aggressive monetary easing at this week’s meeting of Group of 20 finance chiefs to ease possible concerns about the yen’s recent steep fall and negative effects that could spill over to other economies. Bank of Japan ...

BOJ easing options limited

| Mar 1, 2013

BOJ easing options limited

The Bank of Japan’s options to reinforce its monetary easing grip will probably be limited even if Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda, a strong advocate of aggressive easing, takes the BOJ helm in March. The government’s nomination of Kuroda, 68, apparently reflects its ...

Sony aims at special client base with PS4

Feb 26, 2013

Sony aims at special client base with PS4

The new PlayStation 4 reflects Sony Corp.’s renewed focus on value-added products to attract selected customers rather than the general public, as the company struggles to turn its slumping electronics business around. In unveiling the successor to the PlayStation 3 launched in 2006, Sony ...