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May 4, 2015

Abe, Obama exchange 'thank you' tweets

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama have exchanged tweets in a sign of their closer personal ties following Abe’s official visit to the United States last week. “Barack, thank you for everything, including Lincoln Memorial tour, Yamaguchi sake and haiku — ...

May 4, 2015

ASEAN Plus Three pledge further structural reforms

Financial chiefs from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus Japan, China and South Korea have agreed on the need to promote structural reforms in a bid to promote economic growth, and to be vigilant against risks arising from large capital outflows. Meeting on ...

Zoos join hands on breeding koala bears

May 3, 2015

Zoos join hands on breeding koala bears

Zoos are collaborating on a breeding program for koalas and have organized an annual conference so they can loan the Australian marsupials among themselves to increase their ranks in Japan. Japan has about 50 koalas spread across eight zoos, down from the peak of ...

May 3, 2015

Minor tsunami hit Izu after magnitude-5.9 quake

Tsunami of up to 50 cm hit the Izu island chain early Sunday after a magnitude-5.9 earthquake, and one isle was hit even before warning could be sent. There have been no reports of damage or injuries from the waves, according to police and ...

May 3, 2015

Broader Panama Canal set to help energy-hungry Japan

The reopening next April of a wider Panama Canal is expected to help shape Japan’s post-3/11 energy policy. With all reactors offline after the shattering of the nuclear safety myth, imports of liquefied natural gas are growing so thermal power can offset the total ...