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MUFG Bank to launch smartphone payment service

Business / Financial Markets Dec 4, 2019

MUFG Bank to launch smartphone payment service

MUFG Bank will set up a joint company with human resources services provider Recruit Holdings Co. to launch a smartphone-based cashless payment service, it was learned Wednesday. The core banking arm of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. will seek to utilize Recruit's client base of ...

Iran sounds out Japan about possible Hassan Rouhani visit: source

National Dec 4, 2019

Iran sounds out Japan about possible Hassan Rouhani visit: source

Iran relayed to Japan on Tuesday its wish for President Hassan Rouhani to visit the country, a source close to bilateral relations has said. Abbas Araghchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister for political affairs, serving as a special envoy of the president, relayed the message to ...

Upper House approves U.S.-Japan trade deal

Business / Economy Dec 4, 2019

Upper House approves U.S.-Japan trade deal

The Diet approved a trade deal with the United States on Wednesday that slashes tariffs on farm and industrial goods, clearing the way for its entry into force at the beginning of next year. The deal, agreed to by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. ...

Nakamura Hochu: The Osakan Rinpa pioneer

Art Dec 4, 2019

Nakamura Hochu: The Osakan Rinpa pioneer

by Matthew Larking

The Rinpa school of painting's initial phase was formed by the superlative talents of Honami Koetsu (1558-1637) and Tawaraya Sotatsu (c. 1570-c. 1630) in late 16th-century Kyoto. The aesthetics resonated with the grand and powerful ornamental inclinations of the Momoyama Period (1573-1603) — gold ...

U.S., France, Japan to march last in 2020 Parade of Nations

Olympics Dec 4, 2019

U.S., France, Japan to march last in 2020 Parade of Nations

The International Olympic Committee announced at an Executive Board meeting Tuesday that the United States, France and Japan will be the last three countries to march in the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Games. As in previous editions, Japan as host will be the ...