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  • Dollar drops vs yen and euro as stocks weaken, on track for monthly loss

    LONDON (Reuters) -- The dollar lost ground against the safe-haven yen and the low-yielding euro on Monday as global stock markets began the week in the red, prompting investors to trim bets against currencies popularly used to fund risky carry trade

    August 31, 2015 05:10 pm JST
  • Hitachi's new fridge

    'Sleepy' vegetables last longer

    TOKYO -- How do you keep an asparagus fresh and crisp in the refrigerator for seven days? You put it to sleep. Hitachi has just released a new refrigerator that prolongs the storage life of vegetables through the natural gases it discharges. By

    August 31, 2015 04:40 pm JST
  • Tokyo stocks fall on murky Fed outlook, soft Japanese factory data

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo stocks closed lower on Monday in lighter trading as lingering uncertainty about the U.S. monetary policy outlook and unexpectedly soft Japanese industrial output data combined to stifle investor sentiment. The 225-issue Ni

    August 31, 2015 04:13 pm JST
  • G-20 meeting

    World leaders to try and stop stock rout

    TOKYO -- It remains uncertain whether the market confusion triggered in China will subside. The issue is likely to dominate a meeting of finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the Group of 20 leading world economies in Ankara on Friday and S

    August 31, 2015 04:00 pm JST
  • New booking website

    Rich Chinese tourists in Japan about to have more dinner options

    Ikyu, a Japanese hotel-booking website operator, plans to launch a restaurant reservation service for Chinese tourists in Japan. The company has agreed with Ctrip.com International, China's largest travel website operator, to tie-up on providing "fo

    August 31, 2015 03:50 pm JST
  • JGBs firm on flight to safety, month-end demand

    TOKYO (Reuters) -- Japanese government bond prices firmed slightly on Monday on safety bids and month-end demand but many investors were reluctant to buy ahead of a 10-year bond auction on Tuesday. The 10-year Japanese government bond yield dipp

    August 31, 2015 03:35 pm JST
  • Dollar slides to lower 121 yen, weighed down by weak Tokyo stocks

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The U.S. dollar fell to the lower 121 yen zone Monday morning in Tokyo as a sharp fall in Tokyo stock prompted traders to cash in on its robust gains induced by remarks from a senior Federal Reserve official over a U.S. rate hike.

    August 31, 2015 01:05 pm JST
  • Tokyo stocks fall in morning on soft factory data, Fed uncertainty

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo stocks fell Monday morning as a combination of surprisingly soft Japanese industrial output data and lingering uncertainty about the U.S. monetary policy outlook stunted investor sentiment. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Avera

    August 31, 2015 12:30 pm JST
  • Japan's industrial output down 0.6% in July

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's industrial output fell a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent from the previous month in July despite the government's forecast of an increase, due in part to slowing demand overseas amid worries over the Chinese economic slowdow

    August 31, 2015 11:35 am JST
  • Japan July industrial output falls, signals laboured economic recovery

    TOKYO (Reuters) -- Japan's industrial output unexpectedly fell in July in a worrying sign that high inventories and weak overseas demand could further hamper an economy struggling to recover from a slump in the second quarter. The 0.6 percent de

    August 31, 2015 09:50 am JST
  • Tokyo stocks fall in early trading after soft Japan factory data

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo stocks fell in early trading Monday amid subdued investor sentiment after government data showed Japan's industrial output sank a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent in July from the previous month. In the first 15 minutes of

    August 31, 2015 09:33 am JST
  • Dollar at lower 121 yen level in early Tokyo deals

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The U.S. dollar traded in the lower 121 yen range early Monday in Tokyo, down from levels on Friday in New York. At 9 a.m., the dollar fetched 121.30-33 yen compared with 121.65-75 yen in New York and 120.75-77 yen in Tokyo at 5

    August 31, 2015 09:12 am JST
  • Susheela Rivers

    Asia to draw renewed interest from property investors

    Asia has been an attractive destination for inbound property investment for years. Global investors have poured money into the region in the hope of high returns. However, 2014 saw a surge in the value of outbound real estate deals utilizing capital

    August 31, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Collective self-defense

    Opponents of Japanese security bills miss the big picture

    TOKYO -- In diplomacy as in personal relationships, it pays to put yourself in your counterpart's shoes. Yet the debate over national security bills in Japan suggests some have difficulty seeing things from the perspective of the country's allies.

    August 31, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Convenience store synergies

    Lawson seeks deal with Three F to boost Tokyo access

    TOKYO -- Japanese convenience store giant Lawson is negotiating a partnership with midtier player Three F, with plans to collaborate on merchandise development and procurement. Lawson seeks to obtain a stake of about 5% in Three F for an estimat

    August 31, 2015 02:41 am JST
  • Auto industry realignment

    Suzuki celebrates end to VW tie-up, but problems remain

    TOKYO -- Suzuki Motor will buy back the entire 19.9% stake held by Volkswagen, as a nearly four-year dispute finally ends. Suzuki had sought to dissolve the tie-up with the German automaker since 2011, but VW had refused to do so. An Internation

    August 31, 2015 01:41 am JST
  • 42% support war statement

    Abe cabinet's approval rating bounces back to 46%

    TOKYO -- The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet has rebounded after a dip in July, a Nikkei group poll conducted Friday through Sunday found. The rating improved 8 percentage points from July to 46%, while the disapproval ra

    August 30, 2015 11:14 pm JST
  • Huge protest in Tokyo rails against Abe's security bills

    TOKYO (Reuters) -- Tens of thousands of protesters gathered near Japan's parliament building on Sunday to oppose legislation allowing the military to fight overseas, the latest sign of public mistrust in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security policy.

    August 30, 2015 07:24 pm JST
  • Whale meat arrives in Japan via Arctic Ocean for 1st time

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A cargo ship carrying 1,816 tons of whale meat from Iceland arrived in Japan's Osaka port via the Arctic Ocean for the first time Sunday, after changing its conventional sea route via the Indian Ocean to avoid obstruction by antiwh

    August 30, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Suzuki to buy back VW stake as tribunal settles long feud

    TOKYO (Dow Jones) -- An international arbitrator ruled that an alliance between Suzuki Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG has been terminated and ordered the German car maker to dispose of its 19.9% stake in the Japanese auto maker, the two companies sai

    August 30, 2015 05:00 pm JST