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Feb 2, 2016

Cabinet gives formal blessing to signing of TPP on Thursday

A Cabinet meeting Tuesday saw the government formally decide to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact — putting an end to years of wrangling and heartache over the agreement. A signing ceremony in Auckland on Thursday will see Japan, the United States and ...

Feb 2, 2016

JAL named world's most punctual airline for fifth time

Japan Airlines has been recognized as the world’s most punctual major international airline, in a rating by U.S. flight data services firm FlightStats. JAL achieved a on-time arrival rate of 89.44 percent in FlightStats’ seventh annual survey, a lead of 0.47 point over second-ranked ...

Feb 2, 2016

FSA to monitor effects of negative interest rate on banks, Aso says

Finance Minister Taro Aso said Tuesday the government will monitor what the effects of the Bank of Japan’s negative interest rate policy on financial institutions. The Financial Services Agency “needs to carefully monitor financial institutions,” said Aso, who also doubles as state minister for ...

Feb 2, 2016

Skymark's rehabilitation on track a year after bankruptcy

A year after its bankruptcy, Skymark Airlines, the nation’s third-largest carrier, is seeing an improvement in fortunes as rehabilitation gains pace. It has withdrawn from unprofitable routes since it filed for bankruptcy protection with the Tokyo District Court on Jan. 28 last year, and ...

Alphabet comes before Apple as world's most valuable company

Feb 2, 2016

Alphabet comes before Apple as world's most valuable company

Alphabet now comes before Apple atop the list of the world’s most valuable companies. The shift occurred in Monday’s extended trading after Alphabet, Google’s new parent company, released a fourth-quarter earnings report that highlighted the robust growth of the digital ad market. Apple Inc.’s ...