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Tokyo lost and found included ¥3.7 billion in cash last year

Mar 16, 2017

Tokyo lost and found included ¥3.7 billion in cash last year

In addition to keys and eyeglasses and other commonly lost objects, millions of dollars worth of cash reaches the Tokyo police’s lost and found department every year. In fact, last year people handed over a record ¥3.67 billion ($32 million) in lost cash, and ...

Rural Japan's folk traditions fading as residents age

Feb 9, 2017

Rural Japan's folk traditions fading as residents age

Traditions die hard in the small mountain town of Kanegasaki, whose history includes a series of battles nearly 1,000 years ago that drove an ancestor of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to leave the area for southern Japan. But as Japan ages and rural towns ...

Depopulating rust belt counts on 'robonomics' to run assembly lines

/ Dec 19, 2016

Depopulating rust belt counts on 'robonomics' to run assembly lines

A withering factory town in the rust belt is looking for revival through a dose of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “robot revolution.” Kadoma’s population in Osaka Prefecture has shrunk 13 percent as the nation ages, prompting mergers among elementary schools and emergency services departments. ...

Retailers turn deaf ear to Kuroda's inflation pledge

/ Nov 25, 2016

Retailers turn deaf ear to Kuroda's inflation pledge

While Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda’s vow to overshoot the Bank of Japan’s 2 percent inflation target caused a stir among monetary policy watchers in September, it’s yet to have an impact among retailers. Stores as diverse as supermarket operator Aeon, Mister Donut and Wal-Mart have ...

Kuroda leads BOJ to a policy crossroads

Jul 30, 2016

Kuroda leads BOJ to a policy crossroads

After more than three years of pumping out cheap money that has failed to secure its inflation target, the Bank of Japan has signaled a rethink. Instead of buying yet more government bonds, cutting interest rates or pushing further into uncharted territory, the BOJ ...