| Jan 14, 2010

What bankruptcy means for JAL

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The government has effectively gotten Japan Airlines Corp.’s main creditor banks to agree to let JAL file for bankruptcy under the Corporate Rehabilitation Law, and the carrier may do so Tuesday. It remains unclear, however, how Japan’s biggest airline can be resurrected under court-led ...

| Jan 9, 2010

Bankruptcy would be bitter medicine for JAL

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Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corp. of Japan, a state-backed body tasked with Japan Airlines Corp.’s rehabilitation, is expected to decide within this month whether and how it will save the nation’s largest airline. A major focus is whether the program will be a court-led bankruptcy ...

| Dec 3, 2009

How the monetary easing measure will work

The Bank of Japan plans to pump around ¥10 trillion into the banking system to rein in deflation and the surging yen. Here are some questions and answers about the ramifications: Why has the BOJ introduced the measure? The central bank expects the measure ...

Never a dull moment when U.S. presidents come calling

| Nov 11, 2009

Never a dull moment when U.S. presidents come calling

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U.S. President Barack Obama will make his first Japan visit Friday and exchange views with the new Democratic Party of Japan administration of Yukio Hatoyama on global concerns. During his two-day stay in Tokyo, Obama is expected to touch on complex bilateral negotiations, ranging ...

| Oct 29, 2009

Japan Post, with new boss, returning to public roots

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Bowing to calls to resign, most adamantly by Shizuka Kamei, state minister in charge of postal services, charismatic former banker Yoshifumi Nishikawa officially stepped down Wednesday as president of Japan Post Holdings Co. and was replaced by former Vice Finance Minister Jiro Saito. Experts ...

Lowdown on H1N1 vaccinations

| Oct 23, 2009

Lowdown on H1N1 vaccinations

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With swine flu inoculations now under way for medical workers, other people may be anxious about when it will be their turn. As cooler weather sets in, and with it higher risks of contracting the new H1N1 virus, the government is administering vaccinations on ...

| Oct 16, 2009

Can Narita, Haneda live in harmony?

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Transport minister Seiji Maehara’s controversial proposal floated this week to turn Tokyo’s Haneda airport into a 24-hour international hub caused a firestorm of anger in Chiba Prefecture, where Narita International Airport is a key part of the economy. The plan would mark a huge ...

Custody laws force parents to extremes

| Oct 10, 2009

Custody laws force parents to extremes

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The high-profile case of Christopher Savoie, a Tennessee man who was arrested in Fukuoka Prefecture for snatching his two children from his Japanese former wife and now faces kidnapping charges, illustrates the extremes a partner in a broken international marriage will resort to for ...

| Oct 3, 2009

Devil's in the details on debt relief

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To rescue cash-strapped small firms and households, financial services minister Shizuka Kamei is preparing to submit a bill at the extraordinary Diet session this month that will pressure financial institutions to ease loan conditions for borrowers. The proposed debt moratorium program has sparked opposition ...

Details on how Japan's dolphin catches work

| Sep 23, 2009

Details on how Japan's dolphin catches work

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Dolphin slaughters in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, have drawn strong protests from animal rights groups, their supporters and foreign media over what they call the brutality of the traditional hunt. In addition, animal activists are warning of the potentially dangerously high levels of methyl mercury ...

| Aug 19, 2009

Ultimately, it all comes down to numbers

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All signs seem to indicate Prime Minister Taro Aso and his Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling coalition face a tough battle in trying to hold onto their Lower House majority in the Aug. 30 election. If the Democratic Party of Japan-led opposition camp wins ...

List of goods qualified for Eco-points now out

| Jun 20, 2009

List of goods qualified for Eco-points now out

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The government revealed a list of products and services Friday that can be exchanged for Eco-points, a type of currency to stimulate consumption and promote use of energy-efficient goods. The campaign is boosting replacement demand at electronics retailers as consumers flock to accumulate Eco-points ...