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  • Japan and US to extend civilian nuclear pact

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. nuclear cooperation agreement with Japan will automatically be extended this summer as neither party seeks to renegotiate the deal.First put into effect in 1988, the pact permits Japan to use plutonium for peaceful purposes. A

    January 18, 2018 03:46 am JST
  • Semiconductor demand fuels capital spending in Japan

    TOKYO -- Ever-growing demand for semiconductors is spurring capital spending in Japan, making manufacturers of chipmaking equipment among the most active investors.Core private-sector machinery orders, which serve as an indicator of corporate capita

    January 18, 2018 03:42 am JST
  • Earnings preview

    Ricoh sees profit quintupling in fiscal 2018

    TOKYO -- Ricoh expects operating profit to rise more than fivefold to over 50 billion yen ($451 million) in the fiscal year starting in April as restructuring costs pass and revamped operations improve margins.The Tokyo-based office equipment maker

    January 18, 2018 02:08 am JST
  • Alliance negotiations between 2 Japanese opposition parties break down

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Negotiations between two major Japanese opposition parties to form a Diet alliance broke down Wednesday amid strong opposition from rank-and-file lawmakers on both sides citing differences in security policy and stance toward revisi

    January 17, 2018 09:28 pm JST
  • Over 210,000 petition Seoul to leave cryptocurrency market alone

    SEOUL -- Investors in South Korea are calling for the government not to meddle in the markets after its threatening messages on cryptocurrencies caused a crash in the value of bitcoin and other virtual currencies.By Wednesday afternoon, more than 21

    January 17, 2018 08:21 pm JST
  • Moody's warns of ongoing risks on Korean Peninsula despite dialogue

    TOKYO -- Despite tentative signs of a thaw in inter-Korean relations recently, Moody's Investors Service reminded investors Wednesday that "nothing has changed" in terms of the fundamental tensions over Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons.The

    January 17, 2018 07:05 pm JST
  • Where are all the tourists in Japan coming from?

    TOKYO -- Japan's tourism bonanza shows no signs of abating. The country welcomed a record 28.6 million visitors from abroad in 2017, an increase of 19.3% on the year. Travelers also spent significantly more: 4.4 trillion yen ($39.68 billion), up 17.

    January 17, 2018 05:43 pm JST
  • A party before dying: Japanese are embracing the logic of the 'pre-funeral'

    TOKYO -- With all the flowers and teary eyes, the send-off for Satoru Anzaki looked just like any other funeral, with one conspicuous difference: Anzaki was alive.Having been diagnosed with terminal cancer, the former president of construction machi

    January 17, 2018 03:00 pm JST
  • Cover story

    Funerals for the 21st century: Asia's new ways to say goodbye

    TOKYO/HONG KONG -- On a recent Saturday afternoon on the roof deck of a small ship in Tokyo Bay, 13 passengers sat in somber silence as the vessel chugged its way to the middle of the inlet. The tortured lyrics of John Lennon's 1970 song "Mother" wa

    January 17, 2018 03:00 pm JST
  • In Bangladesh, the sewing and stitching run in high gear

    TOKYO -- In April 2013, an eight-story building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1,000 people, many of them women making garments for well-known international brands. The tragedy did much to raise concerns over the poor working conditions in th

    January 17, 2018 02:45 pm JST
  • Japan's nuclear fuel cycle policy suffers another setback

    TOKYO/AOMORI -- Japan's central government is finding itself in a bind over its long-standing nuclear fuel cycle policy, due to repeated delays in the completion of a key facility, two and a half decades after construction work began.The policy suff

    January 17, 2018 12:40 pm JST
  • APEC summit outlook clouded by new host's problems

    AUCKLAND -- Corralling the 21 governments in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc into acting on regional challenges is hard enough at the best of times. It may be something practically unachievable in 2018.Already strained by U.S. President D

    January 17, 2018 12:30 pm JST
  • Self-driving era beckons as cars boost their street cred

    TOKYO -- Self-driving technology has been sparking both excitement and foreboding in the auto industry for a few years now. U.S. companies such as Google-affiliated Waymo and car-hailing app Uber Technologies have been getting most of the press rece

    January 17, 2018 11:30 am JST
  • Services sector helps Japan's November machinery orders rise 5.7%

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's core private-sector machinery orders unexpectedly rose in November, up 5.7 percent from the previous month, lifted by increased orders from the services sector, government data showed Wednesday.The orders, which exclude thos

    January 17, 2018 11:21 am JST
  • Japan rejects South Korea's call for additional measures on comfort women

    VANCOUVER (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Tuesday rejected a South Korean request that the Japanese government take additional measures over the issue of Korean women who were forced into Japan's wartime military brothels.Japan "ca

    January 17, 2018 06:40 am JST
  • Japan business lobby seconds call for 3% pay hikes

    TOKYO -- Top Japanese business lobby Keidanren has urged members to raise wages 3% in this spring's labor talks, backing government efforts to boost incomes, consumption and, ultimately, prices."The escape from deflation is within reach," Yasumi Kud

    January 17, 2018 06:36 am JST
  • Japan warns on falling for North Korean charm offensive

    VANCOUVER, Canada -- As top diplomats from 20 countries met here Tuesday to discuss the North Korea crisis, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono pushed for continued pressure on Pyongyang, arguing that it is trying to buy time with recent dialogue.Th

    January 17, 2018 06:19 am JST
  • Two Japanese banks fight over panda bond bragging rights

    TOKYO -- In a rather rare public spat among Japanese financial institutions, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Mizuho Bank are each insisting it is the first Japanese business to issue yuan-denominated bonds on the Chinese mainland.Photo finishBTMU a

    January 17, 2018 06:18 am JST
  • Japan's NHK will not cut fees amid ire over broadcaster's funding

    TOKYO -- NHK does not plan to reduce the fees paid by viewers to support the service for the next three years, citing the cost of expanding online programming and other measures meant to bring the public broadcaster into the modern age.NHK is expect

    January 17, 2018 05:38 am JST
  • Interview

    Nissan laboring to rebuild manufacturing leadership: president

    TOKYO -- Nissan Motor is striving to fix deeply ingrained problems that contributed to improprieties in vehicle inspections, the Japanese automaker's president told The Nikkei on Tuesday.Besides shoring up management oversight, Hiroto Saikawa also s

    January 17, 2018 05:07 am JST