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  • Japan aims to lure foreign tourists to outlying regions

    TOKYO -- The Japanese tourism ministry seeks to encourage more foreign visitors to journey to outlying regions, and not just such popular destinations as Tokyo and Kyoto, by strengthening cooperation with local businesses and municipalities. The

    October 25, 2014 06:18 am JST
  • Japan may let university applicants use Toefl scores

    TOKYO -- A new standardized entrance exam for Japanese universities may take into account high school students' performance on international tests of English-language proficiency. The Education Ministry is considering replacing the grueling two-

    October 25, 2014 06:04 am JST
  • Southeast Asian demand likely lifted Unicharm to record profit

    TOKYO -- Unicharm is expected to report an operating profit of around 36 billion yen ($330 million) for the April-September term on robust sales of disposable diapers in Southeast Asia and high-margin products in China and Japan. The Japanese co

    October 25, 2014 05:57 am JST
  • Missile defense still an issue for US, South Korea

    WASHINGTON -- American and South Korean officials have agreed to delay transferring control of joint wartime operations to the government in Seoul until it can better counter the North Korean threat, leaving the topic of missile defense untouched.

    October 25, 2014 05:48 am JST
  • Ebola's arrival in New York raises concerns over containment

    WASHINGTON -- With New York reporting its first case of Ebola on Thursday, the city's response could serve as a test case of whether a metropolis, where millions cross paths riding public transit, can prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Colu

    October 25, 2014 05:24 am JST
  • Brand renaissance in China could prove crucial for Sony

    SHANGHAI/TOKYO -- In the global war for consumers, a battered Sony needs a winning strategy for emerging markets, and this could hinge on bolstering its brand in China. The company's steps toward this end provide the backdrop to the three-day So

    October 25, 2014 05:22 am JST
  • Japan finally talking emission reduction target

    TOKYO -- Japan has finally started discussing a greenhouse gas emission reduction target for 2020 and beyond, having fallen behind other major economies such as China, the U.S. and the European Union. The international community is working to es

    October 25, 2014 05:02 am JST
  • US congressional committee probing Takata's air bag safety

    NEW YORK -- U.S. lawmakers have launched an investigation into Takata's defective car air bags, which have sent metal fragments flying into passengers upon deployment. The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce announced

    October 25, 2014 05:01 am JST
  • Tepco seen reaping $1B pretax profit by cutting costs

    TOKYO -- Tokyo Electric Power is expected to log a substantial pretax profit for a second straight year even without restarting its workhorse nuclear power plant or raising electric rates again. The operator of the ruined Fukushima Daiichi plant

    October 25, 2014 04:31 am JST
  • Poor trading hurts bottom lines at Japanese online brokers

    TOKYO -- Japan's five major online brokerages apparently suffered a decline in net profit or slipped into the red in the April-September half, as sluggish trading by individual investors pushed down fee revenue. The six-month period saw a lull i

    October 25, 2014 04:25 am JST
  • Chinese slowdown taking toll on South Korean economy

    SEOUL -- South Korea is starting to pay the price for its heavy reliance on China as exports to the Asian giant slump. July-September exports slipped 2.6% from the preceding quarter, the sharpest drop since the financial crisis, according to pre

    October 25, 2014 04:18 am JST
  • Working on the railroad a big draw for Japanese companies in India

    TOKYO -- With expanding rail infrastructure a key policy objective in India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese machinery manufacturers are packing their advanced technologies to catch the train. JFE Engineering already has a ticket. It

    October 25, 2014 03:59 am JST
  • Asian Development Bank seeks new pastures with public-private partnerships

    MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank is strengthening ties with the private sector to meet the urgent need for infrastructure projects in the region and differentiate itself from the new China-led development bank. Some $8 trillion will be requi

    October 25, 2014 03:56 am JST
  • New development bank a marker of China's greater ambitions

    BEIJING -- The agreement reached Friday to form a China-led development bank signaled the country's drive to carve out a larger role for itself in the international financial order and secure more resources. Twenty-one nations, including China,

    October 25, 2014 03:52 am JST
  • Japan to link corporate pension pay-ins to income

    TOKYO -- Japan's welfare ministry is looking to let higher earners save more for their old age each month with defined-contribution retirement plans. Monthly contributions to employer-run plans are currently capped at 55,000 yen ($509). The mini

    October 25, 2014 03:29 am JST
  • Toyota won't press parts suppliers to lower prices

    NAGOYA -- Toyota Motor has decided not to seek price cuts from parts suppliers for the October-March half, providing relief to smaller business partners being squeezed by the sliding yen. The Japanese automaker negotiates prices for engines, spr

    October 25, 2014 02:45 am JST
  • Minister-level TPP talks in homestretch, but hurdles remain

    SYDNEY -- Ministers from 12 countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations will meet here for three days starting Saturday to lay the groundwork for a basic agreement, but many differences still need to be resolved. Minister-level talks

    October 25, 2014 02:39 am JST
  • NEC to build smart-card system for mass transit in Bangladesh

    TOKYO -- NEC will construct a system in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka to let people ride buses or trains with a single smart card. The company has received a 320 million yen ($2.93 million) order for the project from the Japan International C

    October 25, 2014 02:39 am JST
  • Sharp's first-half operating profit seen slipping 10%

    TOKYO -- Sharp's operating profit for the April-September half likely fell 10% or so on the year to less than 30 billion yen ($275 million) to undershoot the guidance of 4% growth, mainly on sluggish sales of electronic parts. Sales likely misse

    October 25, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Overnight stock futures trading picks up more followers in Japan

    TOKYO -- More investors are starting to trade stock futures overnight here, aiming to rake in profits from a more volatile market and better respond to developments abroad. After-hours trading has shot up lately in Japan. It has accounted for ab

    October 25, 2014 02:00 am JST