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Jul 7, 2014

Japan-EU free trade talks enter sixth round

Tariff cuts and the opening of the Japanese railway sector are expected to be at the heart of the sixth round of free trade talks with the European Union that began Monday in Tokyo. The talks through Friday are the first since the EU ...

Prices for grilled eel slide as numbers bounce back

Jul 5, 2014

Prices for grilled eel slide as numbers bounce back

Prices for grilled eel are finally dropping thanks to a rebound in populations of the fish here and abroad. Supermarkets in Japan are starting to sell the summer specialty at bargain prices ahead of the Day of the Ox on July 29, when they ...

Mizuho to heed frontline troops

Jul 5, 2014

Mizuho to heed frontline troops

Mizuho Financial Group Inc.’s newly chairwoman says she wants to be receptive to the opinions of those running its frontline operations to boost the lender’s oversight structure in the wake of last year’s yakuza loan scandal. Hiroko Ota, who got the shareholders’ nod to ...

Jul 5, 2014

Russia forces data move to domestic web servers

Russia’s parliament on Friday passed a law to force Internet sites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so inside the country, a move that the Kremlin says is for data protection but which critics see as an attack on social ...

Farmers fattening pigs with recycled food

Jul 4, 2014

Farmers fattening pigs with recycled food

by Aya Takada

Japan burns or buries 3.3 million tons of commercial food waste every year. Then it imports 10 million tons of corn to feed animals, more than any other country. Asako Nagano and her colleagues at the agriculture ministry in Tokyo are part of a ...

Jul 4, 2014

TPP officials set to begin working-level meeting in Ottawa

Officials from 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative are set to begin an unusually long bout of negotiations in the Canadian capital on Thursday. The 10-day meeting in Ottawa comes after U.S. President Barack Obama said he hoped the countries ...