Deadly storms in Kyushu hit traditional businesses hard

Jul 30, 2017

Deadly storms in Kyushu hit traditional businesses hard

The storms in Kyushu earlier this month not only ruined homes and roads but also dealt a blow to traditional businesses, including makers of liquor and pottery. Communities in Fukuoka and Oita prefectures worry the devastation could make it even harder for aging owners of ...

Japan and EU reach free trade accord in blow against protectionism

Jul 6, 2017

Japan and EU reach free trade accord in blow against protectionism

Senior European Union and Japanese officials reached a free-trade agreement on Wednesday, paving the way for leaders to conclude the political accord Thursday, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said. "We've reached political agreement at ministerial level on an EU-Japan trade deal. We now recommend to ...

Oita hopes international student entrepreneurs will rev up economy

May 26, 2017

Oita hopes international student entrepreneurs will rev up economy

Facing a shrinking population, Oita Prefecture has since fiscal 2016 ramped up efforts to help international students start their own businesses or work locally. With the largest proportion of students from overseas for every 100,000 in population, the prefecture hopes this will help revitalize its ...