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Exports propel Japan to third straight monthly trade surplus

Japan posted a trade surplus for the third straight month in April, helped by a further rise in exports including to the United States, according to official data released Monday. U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to root out “unfair” trade practices around the world and target countries, including Japan, ...

/ | May 23, 2017

Dollar weakens to around ¥111.20

The dollar weakened in Tokyo trading Tuesday amid sluggish Japanese stocks, a suspected terror attack in Britain and news reports about U.S. President Donald Trump’s Russia-related allegations. At 5 p.m., the dollar stood at ¥111.20-20, down from ¥111.29-30 at the same time Monday. The ...

/ | May 23, 2017

Stocks dragged down on yen's rise

Stocks turned lower Tuesday, dragged down by the yen’s ascent against the dollar. The Nikkei 225 shed 65.00 points, or 0.33 percent, to finish at 19,613.28. On Monday, the key market gauge gained 87.52 points. The Topix, which covers all first-section issues, closed 2.43 ...

Dwindling apple growers see opportunities in hard cider

May 23, 2017

Dwindling apple growers see opportunities in hard cider

Apple growers are increasingly going into the cider business, often with government assistance aimed at revitalizing regional economies that are grappling with the prospect of aging and dwindling populations, especially among farmers. As is the case in many agricultural areas in the country, the ...

May 23, 2017

French fare feast; beer brewed for altitude; surfing the sky

French fare feast Air France’s business class customers can enjoy Michelin-starred chef Michel Roth’s signature dishes on long-haul flights from Paris through June. Each month, the menu will be renewed with two new dishes. In May, customers can choose either chicken with rare peppers ...