| Dec 8, 2016

Nikkei hits new closing high for 2016

The benchmark Nikkei average hit a new closing high for 2016 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday, driven by the overnight advance of U.S. equities. The 225-issue Nikkei average jumped 268.78 points, or 1.45 percent, to close at the day’s high of 18,765.47, its ...

Graves and gods of Otsuka

| Nov 26, 2016

Graves and gods of Otsuka

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It’s a bright fall morning when I return to Gokokuji Temple, an Important Cultural Property in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward. Exiting Gokokuji Station, it only takes me a few minutes to find the two monks who promised to help me when I visited here earlier: ...

Tokyo area gets first November dusting of snow in 54 years

Nov 24, 2016

Tokyo area gets first November dusting of snow in 54 years

Snow fell in Tokyo and elsewhere in eastern Japan on Thursday, the first snowfall to hit the Japanese capital in November in 54 years, disrupting traffic and causing electricity usage to spike due to heating demand. Injuries were also reported in Tokyo and surrounding ...

| Nov 17, 2016

Tokyo stocks edge up on stable dollar

Stocks cut earlier losses to close slightly higher on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday, underpinned by a stable dollar versus the yen. The 225-issue Nikkei average edged up 0.42 point, or 0.00 percent, to close at 17,862.63. On Wednesday, the key market gauge gained ...