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Feb 23, 2017

BOJ policymaker warns current monetary policy may hurt economy

A Bank of Japan policymaker expressed concern Thursday that the central bank’s current policy, aimed at keeping the country’s long-term interest rates low to spur domestic demand, may eventually hurt the economy. “Controlling long-term interest rates at a certain level could undermine the automatic ...

JR West unveils 10-coach luxury express train

Feb 23, 2017

JR West unveils 10-coach luxury express train

West Japan Railway Co. on Thursday unveiled its 10-coach luxury “Twilight Express Mizukaze” train which has proven popular even months before the start of its services through western Japan in June. “The train realizes the concept of a hotel running through beautiful Japan. We ...

Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

Feb 23, 2017

Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

High-rise wooden buildings, led by The Tree, a 52.8-meter (173-foot) apartment block in Norway, are claiming a place on city skylines as the timber industry challenges the supremacy of concrete and steel. New, ultra-strong wood materials are creating a small but fast-growing market for ...

China selfie-app leader Meitu seeks to 'beautify the world'

Feb 23, 2017

China selfie-app leader Meitu seeks to 'beautify the world'

Strolling a tree-lined Shanghai street with friends, Hu Dongyuan pulls out her smartphone and does what millions of Chinese women do daily: take a selfie, digitally “beautify” their faces, and pop it on social media. Such virtual make-overs, typically involving lightening skin, smoothing out ...

Holdout Dakota pipeline protesters face police as deadline passes

Feb 23, 2017

Holdout Dakota pipeline protesters face police as deadline passes

Several dozen demonstrators, the last holdouts from a mass protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, faced off against riot police on Wednesday as they defied a deadline to end their months-long occupation of an encampment on federal land. Police arrested a handful of protesters ...

Apple 'spaceship' campus ready for boarding

Feb 23, 2017

Apple 'spaceship' campus ready for boarding

Apple on Wednesday announced that workers will start boarding its futuristic new “spaceship” campus in Silicon Valley in April, fulfilling a vision set out by late founder Steve Jobs. The process of moving more than 12,000 people to a new campus that Jobs envisioned ...