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Emperor Akihito's abdication date may be announced in September

National Jul 27, 2017

Emperor Akihito's abdication date may be announced in September

Originally expected to make an official announcement next summer about the timing of Emperor Akihito's abdication and the start of the new era, the government may reveal details as early as September, informed sources said. The government believes moving up the timing of the announcement ...

Japan doesn't need fiscal stimulus, economic adviser says

Business / Economy Jul 27, 2017

Japan doesn't need fiscal stimulus, economic adviser says

With the economy growing above its potential rate, the nation needs structural reforms rather than a big dose of government spending, according to Susumu Takahashi, a member of the government's economic and fiscal policy council. Strong exports and resilient domestic demand have set the economy ...

LMVH profit jumps as Japan, Europe join China luxury rebound

Business / Corporate Jul 27, 2017

LMVH profit jumps as Japan, Europe join China luxury rebound

LVMH's first-half profit grew at the fastest rate since 2011 as Japan and Europe joined a luxury industry recovery led by China, showing double-digit sales increases in the second quarter. The world's biggest luxury-goods company said Japan was boosted by promotional activity like staging Louis ...

World Jul 27, 2017

Wanted Congo warlord surrenders to U.N. forces

One of Democratic Republic of Congo's most notorious warlords, Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, wanted for alleged crimes against humanity, surrendered to U.N. peacekeepers on Wednesday, the U.N. mission in Congo (MONUSCO) said. Sheka's militia, Mai-Mai Sheka, is one of a patchwork of armed groups in eastern ...

ANA, JAL seek to stand out with diverse in-flight meals

Business / Corporate Jul 27, 2017

ANA, JAL seek to stand out with diverse in-flight meals

Major carriers All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines are offering more options for in-flight meals amid a rise in foreign passengers and fierce competition with low-cost carriers, the companies said. ANA said that 30 years ago, most passengers on its international flights were Japanese. But ...

Iconic restaurant offers halal menu

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Jul 27, 2017

Iconic restaurant offers halal menu

Japanese restaurant Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu is pleased to introduce a new Muslim-friendly menu. Gonpachi, which has attracted many celebrities in the past, is especially known for hosting a meeting between former U.S. President George Bush and then Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in 2002. It was ...

Call for essays on free trade

General | NEWS AND NOTES Jul 27, 2017

Call for essays on free trade

The Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. (JFTC) has started accepting entries for it's 13th annual essay competition under the topic of "The Ideal Free Trade System: Tasks and Solutions." Founded in 1947, the JFTC is one of Japan's most influential business associations. Last year saw 189 ...

Harumafuji may need to undergo elbow surgery

Sumo Jul 27, 2017

Harumafuji may need to undergo elbow surgery

Yokozuna Harumafuji may require left elbow surgery, a move which would not only rule him out of the summer regional tour beginning this weekend, but also the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in September, his stablemaster said Thursday. "He has inflammation in his left elbow and ...