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Deputy foreign minister named as Japan's chief TPP negotiator

The government announced Tuesday that it has appointed a deputy foreign minister as chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, with an eye to bringing the deal into force without the United States. Keiichi Katakami takes up the post while still holding his deputy ministerial role. The post ...

Government takes aim at Japan firms' tax paperwork burden

Apr 25, 2017

Government takes aim at Japan firms' tax paperwork burden

A government panel has started discussions on ways to reduce the clerical workload of private companies responsible for reporting residential tax information. The regulatory reform panel, led by Hiroko Ota, a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, is discussing a system ...

Mercari e-commerce site bans listing of currency for sale

Apr 25, 2017

Mercari e-commerce site bans listing of currency for sale

Mercari, a mobile e-commerce site that matches individual buyers and sellers, has banned sellers from listing cash after the site operator discovered that ¥10,000 notes were being sold at a higher value. According to officials of the Japanese startup virtual market place, which mainly ...

Same lawyer represents passengers in two viral airline videos

Apr 25, 2017

Same lawyer represents passengers in two viral airline videos

The woman seen sobbing in a viral video after an American Airlines flight attendant took away her stroller now has a lawyer — the same attorney representing a man dragged off a United Express flight earlier this month. The Chicago lawyer, Thomas Demetrio, says ...

Japan, UAE reach broad agreement on investment pact

Apr 24, 2017

Japan, UAE reach broad agreement on investment pact

Japan and the United Arab Emirates agreed Monday to broaden economic ties as Tokyo eyes an extension in Japanese companies’ rights in many of the Abu Dhabi oil fields prior to their expiration in 2018. “By realizing the early signing of (the investment) agreement, ...