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Are the US and G-20 Finally Leading on Climate?

Update November 17: As expected, the United States and Japan announced their pledges of $3 billion and $1.5 billion, respectively, to the Green Climate Fund at the G-20 summit in Australia. The United Kingdom is set to announce a £650...Show More Summary

Why the World Should Hope Shinzo Abe Wins Reëlection

yesterdayNews : News Desk

The decision by Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, to dissolve parliament and call a snap election is a risky but justified gambit. If it succeeds and Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party wins reëlection, he will have a mandate to intensify his efforts to rescue what is still the world’s third-largest economy from two decades of stagnation. Show More Summary

Bank Of Japan Warns Abe Over "Fiscal Responsibility" While Monetizing All Its Debt

If one were to look up the definition of hypocrisy, the image of BoJ head Kuroda should be front-and-center. Having tripled-down on his money-printing and ETF-buying largesse just last week, he came out swinging last night at the government's...Show More Summary

Japan's Military Is Revving Up To Meet China's Growing Regional Ambitions

For a long time, Japan's military force was an exercise in contradiction. The country has ranked among the world's top military spenders, at almost $50 billion in 2013 — despite a constitution that explicitly forbids war (and even the maintenance of "land, sea, and air forces"). Show More Summary

The Planet Just Had Its Hottest October On Record

The Japan Meteorological Agency reports that last month was the hottest October in more than 120 years of record-keeping -- by far. NOAA projects that 2014 is very likely to be hottest year on record. The post The Planet Just Had Its Hottest October On Record appeared first on ThinkProgress.

This train could take you from D.C. to New York in less than an hour

The Central Japan Railway Company recently began test runs of a maglev train that can reach 500 kilometers per hour (that's about 310 mph). In the below video from the BBC, you can watch the train's gleeful first passengers go for a ride, their cameras and small kids in tow. That scene is both a […]

The Oral History Of The Poop Emoji (Or, How Google Brought Poop To America)

Everyone's favorite emoji began in Japan. But without Google, it may have stayed there. If the story of the poop emoji's rise were told in emojis, it would look like this: Read Full Story

Another austerity victim: Japan falls back into recession

For the fourth time since 2008, Japan is back in a technical recession. Its economy unexpectedly shrank for the second quarter in a row, this time falling 1.6 percent as its big sales tax hike continued to slam growth. Maybe Japan shouldn't do any more austerity until it's actually beaten deflation? That, at least, is […]

My Husband and I Visit Cat Cafe Miysis in Yokohama, Japan

I recently celebrated a birthday. According to Facebook, I'm 87 years old. In reality, I'm slightly younger than that. Despite my advancing age, my old bones only really wanted to drag themselves to one place. Here's a hint: This happily...Show More Summary

World stocks down as China property, Japan weighed

Futures augured a muted open on Wall Street: Dow and S&P futures were essentially flat

Hatsune Miku Is a Piece of Software. She May Also Be the Future of Music.

Hatsune Miku, one of Japan’s most famous pop stars, has been 16 for the past seven years. She wears her cascading aquamarine hair in pigtails that skim the ground when she dances, and according to stats offered up on her record company’s website, she stands five-two and weighs about 93... More »

Japan's 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster still fracturing families

When the massive magnitude 9 earthquake rumbled through Fukushima prefecture in March 2011, it swelled the seas and shook the earth. But long after the ground stopped trembling, the disaster has continued to fracture families like that of Yoshinobu Segawa.

Tokyo stocks close lower

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 stock index closed down 0.32 percent, after the Bank of Japan wrapped up a meeting with policymakers. ||| Tokyo - Tokyo's Nikkei 225 stock index closed down 0.32 percent on Wednesday, after the Bank of Japan wrapped...Show More Summary

The bad economic news out of Japan: what does it mean?

Here is one version of the latest report, here is another.  People, don’t be surprised by this bad news.  Unemployment in Japan already had fallen to about three and a half percent.  So how much of a miracle could Abenomics accomplish in the first place?  Not much, not even for committed Keynesians.  Commentators have grown […]

Japan's Biggest Problem Is Basically Unfixable

Japan's economy is in trouble. The latest GDP figures show that it's currently (and unexpectedly) in recession. In the long term, this is largely a story about demographics, and Japan is fighting an uphill battle. Currently, 25% of Japan's population is over the age of 65, and that number isn't going down anytime soon. Show More Summary

Japan Is Dying And We Still Don't Get It?!

Submitted by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog, Dorothea Lange Miserable poverty, Hooverville, Elm Grove, Oklahoma County, OK Aug 1936 What is it with us? Don’t we WANT to understand? Japan announced on Monday that its economy is in hopeless trouble and back in recession (as if it was ever out). Show More Summary

Japanese ‘black widow’ suspected in deaths of seven partners

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

A 67-year-old millionaire was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of poisoning her husband with cyanide as it emerged six former partners had already died, in Japan’s latest apparent “black widow” case. Chisako Kakehi has been the beneficiary of a combined 800 million yen ($6.8...

Open Up To Our Beer, EU To Tell Japan In Trade Talks

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Japan needs to open up its beer market to European exports if Tokyo and Brussels are to agree one of the world's biggest free trade deals next year, according to an EU document prepared for the next round of talks in December. Show More Summary

Japan PM Calls Snap Election Next Month

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election for December and put off a sales tax hike planned for next year, vowing today to step down if his strategy to revive the ailing economy falls flat. Despite Abe's aggressive revival policies to end two decades of stagnation, the Japanese...

K5 Security Guard Robot by Knightscope has arrived in Silicon Valley

We told you about Robots selling Nescafe vending machines in Japan just a few days ago, guess what Japan is not the only country using robots as cheap labour. Microsoft has deployed.. K5 Security Guard Robot by Knightscope has arrived in Silicon Valley is a post from The latest in tech and gadgets -

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