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U.S., South Korea, Japan seek to raise pressure on North's nuclear program

SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States and two key Asian allies discussed how to increase pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program and will urge China to help bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table, officials said.

Japan, Philippines to deepen ties as China asserts sea claims

TOKYO/MANILA (Reuters) - Japan and the Philippines are set to bolster security ties when President Benigno Aquino visits Tokyo next week, the latest move by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to beef up cooperation with Southeast Asian nations facing China's growing naval ambitions.

Take Tree Hugging to the Next Level Through Shinrin-Yoku: Medicine of the Forest

Shinrin-yoku, which translates as "forest bathing" or the medicine of being in the forest, is all the rage in Japan and South Korea. There are 44 official shirin-yoku accredited forests in Japan where folks go to escape civilization and engage in mindful forest relaxation as a source for restoration and healing. Show More Summary

China’s housing boom

China has experienced a decade-long housing market boom, with the market being compared to the housing bubbles of Japan in the 1980s and the US in the 2000s. This column uses data on mortgage loans in 120 cities to investigate whether the Chinese housing market might trigger a financial crisis. Show More Summary

Three Do’s, One Don’t to Achieve 2% Japan Growth

How realistic is annual growth of 2% in Japan? That's the level of expansion targeted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration as it seeks to bring the good times back to Japan after years of deflationary stagnation.

BOJ Minutes Show Continued Rift Among Board Members

Debate heated up among the Bank of Japan's policy board members in late April over the BOJ's 2.0% inflation target and commitment to defeat deflation, highlighting a lingering rift among the members as the inflation rate has sagged to...Show More Summary

China's AIIB gambit trips up major players

The US and Japan lost face, Europe lost an opportunity to win more concessions and China may have got more than it bargained for.

Japan to join major US-Australia military drill

Japanese troops will take part in a major US-Australian military exercise for the first time in July, as Washington looks to bolster links among its allies in the face of an increasingly assertive China. Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) — […]

Japan nuclear regulator finishes review on Kyushu reactors, could be first to restart

TOKYO (Reuters) - Kyushu Electric Power Co's two-reactor Sendai nuclear plant on Wednesday cleared safety regulations introduced after the Fukushima crisis, paving the way for the resumption of nuclear power generation in Japan.

Lockheed to Upgrade Japanese AEGIS Destroyer for ABM Use

Lockheed Martin Maritime Sensors and Systems won a $124 million cost-plus-award-fee contract modification to upgrade Japan's Kirishima Kongo-Class AEGIS destroyer to the capability of an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Block 2004 capability....

Apple Set to Issue Yen-Denominated Bonds

Apple is likely to issue its first yen-denominated bonds in Japan in June, taking advantage of rock-bottom yields.

Apple Eyes ¥200B Japan Bond Deal, Says Nikkei

Apple (AAPL), which has made a name for itself in capital finance in recent years, is considering offering ¥200 billion in bonds in Japan, which would be the “biggest yen-denominated float by a foreign company,” since a 2007 bond issue by Citigroup (C), according to a report today from Nikkei News Service. 200 billion yen [...]

Final Look: 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Edition

3 days agoVehicles / Cars : AutomoBlog

The current generation of the legendary Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution entered production in Japan in 2007 and made its way to American showrooms in early 2008. After being in production for nearly eight years, the current or the 10th generation of the Lancer Evo is beginning to show its age. Over its long production cycle, the […]

Tour Southeast Asia and Japan from the Comfort of a Private Jet

When Remote Lands and Amanresorts joined to forces to offer their inaugural private jet tour in October 2015, the trip booked up immediately; so the boutique travel agency and exclusive resort chain recently announced an encore journey, slated for March 6 through 20, 2016. Show More Summary

abystle: Athena, Salvador Dalí, 1965. Black ball-point pen and...

3 days agoArts / Art History : Old Paint

abystle: Athena, Salvador Dalí, 1965. Black ball-point pen and watercolor on Japan paper, 68 x 52 cm.

A Private Home on a Busy Street in Narashino, Japan

Architects face demands from all sides when working on projects. From clients to location, the ability to balance the needs and aspirations of a customer must work with the complexities of zoning laws and the land where a shelter is built… The post A Private Home on a Busy Street in Narashino, Japan appeared first on Selectism.

Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS will not support stereoscopic 3D

Earlier this month Square Enix announced that PS2 game Dragon Quest VIII was being ported to the 3DS and will be released in Japan on August 27. We may get it in the […]

Blue Bottle Is a Major Hit in Japan

The chain is opening a third location at the end of this year. California-based cult favorite coffee shop Blue Bottle is seeing much success in Japan. The chainlet opened its first location in Tokyo in February and opened a second outlet in the city a month later. Show More Summary

Japan to Join Huge US-Australian Pacific War Games As China Tensions Mount

The US continues to push its allies to take a larger role in patrolling the waters of the Pacific. To that end, the United States and Australia have brought Japan into its regular war games, a move signaling a renewed front against a perceived Chinese threat.

Japan’s Incredibly Complex Underground Bicycle Storage System

Japan has invented a bike storage system that people in Brooklyn can only dream about. Introducing the Eco Cycle Anti-Seismic Underground Bicycle Park, an intricate automated system that stores bikes underground. As the video above shows,...Show More Summary

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