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Feb 25, 2015

Japan tourism industry to take 3,000 to China

Japan’s tourism industry is taking a 3,000-strong delegation to China this year, a lawmaker said Wednesday, as Tokyo looks to capitalize on its neighbor’s growing appetite for travel. With ties between the countries beginning to thaw after a years-long freeze, lawmaker Toshihiro Nikai said ...

Yellen reiterates patience is still the watchword for the Fed

Feb 25, 2015

Yellen reiterates patience is still the watchword for the Fed

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said Tuesday the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but that for now the Fed will remain patient about raising interest rates because the job market is still healing and inflation is too low. In her semiannual economic report ...

Diet approves Harada as new BOJ Policy Board member

Feb 25, 2015

Diet approves Harada as new BOJ Policy Board member

The Diet on Wednesday approved the appointment of Waseda University economics professor Yutaka Harada to the Bank of Japan’s Policy Board. His appointment to the nine-seat governing board will take effect in late March. Harada is succeeding Ryuzo Miyao, a former economics professor at ...

Sony taps Tom Rothman of 'Titanic' fame to head movie studio

Feb 25, 2015

Sony taps Tom Rothman of 'Titanic' fame to head movie studio

Sony Pictures Entertainment has named veteran film executive Tom Rothman, a force behind all-time top-grossing blockbusters “Titanic” and “Avatar,” to head its movie studio in a shuffle prompted by the fallout from the recent cyberattack. Rothman, 60, takes over for Amy Pascal, who suffered ...

An afterlife for man's best robot friend?

Feb 25, 2015

An afterlife for man's best robot friend?

Incense smoke wafts through the cold air of the centuries-old Buddhist temple as a priest chants a sutra, praying for the peaceful transition of the souls of the departed. It is a funeral like any other in Japan. Except that those being honored are ...