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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…

Third of single women want to be full-time housewife in Japan

TOKYO, (PNA/Xinhua)– About 34.2 percent of single women aged 15 to 39 years old are willing to be a full-time housewife, local media reported Wednesday. At the same time, only…

Japan, Canada to boost tie-ups toward Canadian shale gas exports

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper are expected to agree to increase cooperation toward starting Canadian shale gas exports to Japan from around…

Economy moving “smoothly” to achieve 2% inflation target: BOJ chief

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo) — Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda showed confidence Friday in achieving the central bank’s 2 percent inflation target to beat deflation, saying that the Japanese economy is…

Abe, Aso to put final touches to stimulus package

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo) — Finance Minister Taro Aso expressed confidence Friday that the government will smoothly map out an economic stimulus package, despite lingering discord over whether to implement a corporate…

Japan donates school buildings in North Cotabato’s conflict- affected schools

PIKIT, North Cotabato, (PNA) — While negotiations for peace between Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are ongoing, the Japanese government continues its support in over-all efforts…

Abe visits crippled nuclear plant over toxic water leaks

TOKYO, (PNA/Xinhua) –Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday visited the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant over its highly contaminated water leaks amid world concerns over the issue. The visit…

No. of travelers to Japan hits August record

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo) — The number of foreign visitors to Japan in August broke the record for the month, rising 17.1 percent from a year earlier to 907,000, on the back…

Japan to officially protest S. Korea’s fisheries ban, eyes WTO intervention

TOKYO, (PNA/Xinhua) — Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Monday sent a senior official to South Korea to protest its ban on fisheries products from eight prefectures in…

Japanese vessel detained for illegal fishing in South African waters

CAPE TOWN, (PNA/Xinhua) — A Japanese vessel was arrested for allegedly fishing illegally in South African waters, authorities confirmed on Friday. The Japanese-registered long-line vessel Koei Maru No. 88 had…

Feature: Osaka builds bicycle lanes to reduce accidents among cyclists, pedestrians

By Atsushi Ebihara OSAKA, (PNA/Xinhua) — This commercial hub of western Japan has recently completed its first bicycle lanes in one of its main downtown streets but residents should have…

BOJ: Fiscal credibility important for interest rates

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo) — Many Bank of Japan policymakers said maintaining credibility of fiscal management was important to ensure the stability of interest rates and called on the government to promote…

Japanese woman killed, another injured in Turkey attack

CAIRO, (PNA/Kyodo) — One Japanese woman was killed and another was in critical condition after they were stabbed in a knife attack near Zemi Valley in Cappadocia in central Turkey…

Ambitious program boosts Japan’s Asian business profile

TOKYO, (PNA/VNS) — Media partners of a program entitled ‘Catch Asia! Media Network’, co-founded by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and Japanese Fuji Television nearly two years ago, gathered at…

Japan’s July current account surplus down 12.9 percent

TOKYO, (PNA/Xinhua) — Japan’s current account surplus was down 12.9 percent compared with the same period of last year in July, mainly due to increasing imports, government data showed Monday….