Saturday, 24 August 2019

Tag Archives: Japan

Tokyo stocks close lower as eyes turn to earnings

TOKYO stocks closed lower as Japan’s ruling bloc retained its majority in the upper house as widely expected, with focus now shifting to corporate earnings announcements this week. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 0.23 percent, or 50.20 points, to 21,416.79, while the broader Topix index fell 0.49 percent, or ...

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Japan ‘hell’ fire killed dozens trying to escape

KYOTO (AFP) – Details emerged Friday of a horrifying inferno that tore through a Japanese animation firm and killed dozens, with people jumping out of the three-storey building and others trapped in a staircase unable to escape. Eyewitnesses described a fire that was like “looking at hell,” after a man ...

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Japan on landslide alert as heavy rains lash south

TOKYO: Fears of landslides and flooding put southern Japan on high alert as heavy rains continued to lash the region, prompting authorities to order more than one million people to evacuate. Despite the orders, just 3,000 people were in shelters in the Kagoshima region on Thursday morning, an official tally ...

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G20 agrees marine plastic pollution deal

TOKYO: The Group of 20 major economies said they agreed a deal to reduce plastic waste that is choking the seas at a meeting in Japan. Under the agreement, G20 member countries committed to reducing plastic waste but gave little detail on how that would be done. They added that ...

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Abe flexes diplomatic muscle as he seeks to mend Iran-US standoff

TEHRAN: The purpose of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Iran is twofold: to deliver a message aimed at easing US-Iran tensions, and also to ensure stability in Japan’s crude oil imports. Abe hopes his close relationship with US President Donald Trump and Japan’s diplomatic ties crafted with nations in ...

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schoolgirl among two killed in Japan stabbing

JAPAN: A knife-wielding man has attacked a group of schoolchildren waiting for a bus in the Japanese city of Kawasaki near Tokyo. At least 18 people were injured in a residential area. Two of them, an 11-year-old girl and a 39-year-old man, have died. A suspect, a man in his ...

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Trump greenlights Japanese PM Abe’s visit to Iran

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe

The Japanese Prime Minister reportedly discussed his intention to visit the Iran with US National Security Advisor John Bolton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. US President Trump reacted positively to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to visit Iran in June in an effort to mediate tensions between Washington and Tehran, says a report ...

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Japan’s Trade Surplus Falls Sharply As Exports Drop

TOKYO: Japan’s trade surplus dropped by around 90 percent in April, official data showed Wednesday, with exports affected by a slowdown in China’s economy as it wages a trade war with Washington. Meanwhile, Japan’s politically sensitive trade surplus with the United States grew 17.7 percent in April from a year ...

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Toshiba profit up on chip business sale

TOKYO: Japanese engineering firm Toshiba reported improved full-year net profit thanks to the sale of its chip business, but said operating profit was sharply down. In the year that ended March, Toshiba’s net profit jumped 26.0 percent to 1.01 trillion yen ($9 billion), chiefly because of “profit from completion of ...

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China, Japan to arrange exchanges, visits for 30,000 youths

EIJING: China and Japan have agreed to arrange exchanges and visits for 30,000 young people of the two countries in the next five years, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said. The arrangement will be a part of the China-Japan Youth Exchange Promotion Year, spokesperson Lu Kang told a press briefing. “Amity ...

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