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39 articles published


Space-matching service finds work for idle offices across Japan

National Feb 23, 2018

Space-matching service finds work for idle offices across Japan

Keito Kobayashi runs a business consultancy out of a condominium in Tokyo, but when he needs to hold a face-to-face meeting with clients he reaches for his smartphone and books a room elsewhere. Kobayashi, 34, is a frequent user of an online conference-room and space-matching ...

With Kuroda staying at the BOJ, Japanese firms rush to issue long debt

Business Feb 23, 2018

With Kuroda staying at the BOJ, Japanese firms rush to issue long debt

Japanese companies are selling superlong bonds amid expectations that Haruhiko Kuroda's reappointment as central bank governor will prolong easy monetary policy, even as increases in overseas yields put pressure on domestic market rates to rise. Less than a week after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated ...

All-day regime bombardments new normal in Syria's Ghouta

World Feb 23, 2018

All-day regime bombardments new normal in Syria's Ghouta

For residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta, five days of intense bombardment have imposed a new routine of terror in a district already tormented by years of siege. Syria's civil war has long dictated the rhythms of daily life in eastern Ghouta, the largest area held ...

Sapporo: Famous for its snow, but a delight in green

Travel Feb 23, 2018

Sapporo: Famous for its snow, but a delight in green

by Melissa Devaughn

Sapporo balances a vibrant city feel with the quieter reprieves of lush parks, dense forests and meandering trails that speak to Hokkaido's nature-centric reputation. One minute you're fighting crowds at a fish market and the next you're listening to birds chirping in the Japanese ...