London's commuters make do as strike shuts subway system

Jul 10, 2015

London's commuters make do as strike shuts subway system

Thursday’s transportation choices in London were: take a hike, ride a bike, try to find a bus you like. Millions of commuters jammed buses, rented bicycles or simply walked for miles to and from work as a 24-hour strike shut down the British capital’s ...

Jul 2, 2015

Record 62% of households in Japan face financial hardship

The proportion of households facing financial difficulties in Japan hit a record high of 62.4 percent as of July 2014, a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry survey showed Thursday. The result partly reflects the consumption tax hike from 5 percent to 8 percent in ...

Protesting ferry workers block Calais port; Channel Tunnel closed

Jul 1, 2015

Protesting ferry workers block Calais port; Channel Tunnel closed

Ferry workers on Tuesday threatened to continue their protest on Wednesday after blocking Calais’ port for two days, forcing the closure of the Channel Tunnel linking France and England for several hours. The ferry workers on Tuesday blocked the tunnel’s entrance by setting fire ...

Consumer prices inch higher as Kuroda pumps stimulus

Jun 26, 2015

Consumer prices inch higher as Kuroda pumps stimulus

Consumer prices rose fractionally in May, as Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda tries to generate inflation with unprecedented monetary stimulus. Consumer prices excluding fresh food increased 0.1 percent from a year earlier, the statistics bureau said on Friday, versus forecasts by economists for ...