Dec 9, 2016

ECB's asset tapering move hints at stimulus exit plan

The European Central Bank decided Thursday to extend its asset purchase program by nine months to the end of 2017 to boost tepid price growth, but pledged to reduce the monthly pace of buying from April. The ECB said it will continue asset purchases ...

Dec 9, 2016

Pension bill needs more explanation

The government has a duty to explain in detail and in an easy-to-understand manner how the reform bill now in the Diet would contribute to rebuilding the pension system's finances.

Dec 9, 2016

Amended law urges firms to keep cancer patients employed

The House of Representatives on Friday amended the Cancer Control Act in an effort to oblige companies to keep cancer patients employed. The amendments marked the first full-fledged revision of the act, which was established in 2006 to help cancer patients receive appropriate treatment ...

U.S. Marine pilot in F/A-18 crash off Kochi confirmed dead

Dec 9, 2016

U.S. Marine pilot in F/A-18 crash off Kochi confirmed dead

A U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot whose F/A-18 crashed into the Pacific Ocean has been confirmed dead, a U.S. official said Thursday. The F/A-18 crashed into the sea south of Koichi Prefecture late Wednesday afternoon when it was flying with another aircraft within air ...

Japanese city tags elderly dementia sufferers with barcodes

Dec 9, 2016

Japanese city tags elderly dementia sufferers with barcodes

A city has introduced a novel way to keep track of senior citizens with dementia who are prone to getting lost: tagging their fingers and toes with scannable barcodes. A company in Iruma, Saitama Prefecture, developed tiny nail stickers, each of which carries a ...