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Russia, Japan to hold joint anti-terrorism, anti-piracy mil exercises

TOKYO, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — Russia and Japan have agreed to hold joint anti-terrorism and anti-piracy military exercises, the first in history, and to begin consultations on the cyber-terrorism problem and step…

Japan’s household income gap reaches record level in 2011

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo) — The income gap among Japan’s households reached its widest disparity ever in 2011, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Friday. The key parameter for measuring income…

Japan’s TPP flip-flop likely to draw harsh reprisalsby Jon Day

TOKYO, (PNA/Xinhua) — Japan, as one of the countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade negotiations, decided along with other member nations that a conclusive deal will be…

AsiaNet: Japan Press Pool Service for APEC Meetings in Bali, ASEAN Meetings in Brunei

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo JBN-Asianet) — Kyodo News, The Japan Times and The Mainichi have launched a joint English portal website to provide news reports, official documents and other information for a…

Abe seeks to improve ties with China, S. Korea at regional summits

OSAKA, (PNA/Kyodo) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe showed his intention Sunday to seek to improve Japan’s soured relations with China and South Korea as he began a trip to Southeast…

Japanese premier eyes meeting with Chinese, S Korean leaders at APEC summit

TOKYO, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — Tokyo plans to search for ways of improving relations with Beijing and China, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday before leaving for a trip to Indonesia where…

Japanese premier, Russian deputy premier attend opening of STS forum in Kyoto

KYOTO, Japan, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich on Sunday took part in the ceremony of opening the 10th jubilee International Forum…

Japan to take up S. Korea’s import ban on marine products at WTO

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo) — The Japanese government plans to take up the issue of South Korea’s import ban on fisheries products from some parts of Japan at a committee meeting of…

Ex-Mizuho official knew of loans to crime groups: bank exec

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo) — A retired deputy president of Mizuho Bank learned of its lending to organized crime groups in December 2010 but failed to take necessary corrective steps for more…

BOJ maintains ultraeasy monetary policy, economic assessment

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo) — The Bank of Japan decided Friday to maintain its ultraeasy monetary policy and left unchanged its assessment of the domestic economy, saying it is “recovering moderately” amid…

14,000 women suffer from poor quality of Japanese Kanebo cosmetics

TOKYO, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — The number of Japanese women who have suffered from poor-quality skin-whitening beauty products produced by Japan’s Kanebo Cosmetics reached 14,000, as reported on Friday by representatives of…

Tokyo stocks end slightly lower on U.S. gov’t shutdown

TOKYO, (PNA/Xinhua) — Tokyo stocks ended slightly lower Thursday as investors refrained from active buying amid concerns over the negative economic impact stemming from the ongoing partial U.S. government shutdown….

Support rate for Abe Cabinet rises to 63.3%: Kyodo poll

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo) — The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet stands at 63.3 percent, up from 61.8 percent last month, a Kyodo News survey showed Wednesday, despite the…

Japan group asks S. Korea to lift import ban on fishery products

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo) — Japan’s National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations asked South Korea on Tuesday to lift its import ban on fishery products from parts of Japan imposed because of…

TEPCO halts test operation of Fukushima water treatment system

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo) — Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Saturday it has halted trial operation of its water treatment system at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station a day after resuming…