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German, Japanese industry on increasingly parallel lines

Quantitative easing, a negative deposit rate, stagnant retail sales, low unemployment and wage rises, relatively strong currencies, and government bonds that yield next to nothing are just some of the things Japan has in common with Germany.

Japan Crash Continues, European Banks Soar On Speculation ECB May Monetize Bank Shares

While algos patiently await the only thing that matters for US stocks today which is Janet Yellen's testimony before Congress. expected to be released at 8:30 am (and previewed here), the rest of the world this morning is a hot mess of schizophrenic highs and lows. Show More Summary

In business: Amazon receives Chinese shipping license, looks to challenge Alibaba for global supremacy

37 minutes agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Not content with investing in food delivery companies with cutesy names, Amazon is planning to become a real fixture in China, with an expansion of its logistics operations that will handle goods headed to Japan, Europe, and the US. [ more › ]

VAIO Says The Phone Biz Will Not Be Launching In The US

53 minutes agoTechnology / Gadgets : Ubergizmo

Last week VAIO announced their first ever Windows 10 Mobile device – the oddly-named Phone Biz. It was announced in Japan and is expected to be made available in the Japanese markets, so the question is will it arrive stateside? The bad news is that it won’t, at least according to a recent tweet by VAIO USA’s Twitter account. Show More Summary

Germany’s Knorr-Bremse buys TMD Friction rail business from Nisshinbo

Germany-based braking system manufacturer Knorr-Bremse has acquired the rail transport portion of brake pad manufacturer TMD Friction from Japan's Nisshinbo Holdings as part of its plan to expand its friction materials services.

Japan's Most Beautiful Castle

If you're living in Japan, you have to put Himeji Castle on your bucket list. I've seen many of Japan's castles, but Himeji really is the crown jewel. It is one of the original 12 remaining castles, and one of the 4 national treasures - the other 3 are Hikone, Inuyama, and Matsumoto. Show More Summary

VAIO Phone Biz Launched In Japan; Specs Include 5.5-Inch Display, 13MP Camera, Snapdragon 617 Chipset

Sony off-shoot VAIO has recently launched a new smartphone and it's a sleek Windows 10 Mobile model. According to Techno Buffalo, the device is dubbed as the Phone Biz and it is only going to be available in Japan, for now. There are no details yet on whether the device will be making its way to other countries but there's a possibility that it will.

Watch Out, Minecraft

For years now, people have been building amazing creations in Minecraft. But in Japan, people don’t need Minecraft to make cool constructions. Thank Minecraft clone, Dragon Quest Builders for that. Read more...

Monkey Bus Stop.

Monkey Bus Stop. Awajishima Monkey Center, Awaji Island, Japan. By Aaron Cuellar. Read more...

The Fed’s All Talk, But That Might Be the Point

A couple weeks ago the Bank of Japan made a startling move when it pushed a key interest rate into negative territory. After one of its officials had said just The post The Fed’s All Talk, But That Might Be the Point was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

Housing, jobs, visas: Practical steps that make settling in Japan easier

Its been just over 4 months since we landed in Japan, so now we're obviously experts in everything Japanese. Here is a handy brief on everything you might need to know in order to move here yourself. First of all, you'll need to find a job. Show More Summary

Japanese Finance Agencies' Websites Brought Down by Anonymous-Linked Group

The websites of Japan's National Tax Agency, External Trade Organization and several private financial companies were hacked on Wednesday by an Anonymous-linked group of hackers, local media reported.

Japan says El Nino has weakened, weather to return to normal by summer

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's meteorology agency said on Wednesday that the El Nino weather pattern, which is often linked to heavy rainfall and droughts, had somewhat weakened and that the weather would likely return to normal by summe...

Wednesday Watch

Evening HeadlinesBloomberg: FX Reserves: Is China Running Out of Options? (video) Will the Yen Rally Accelerate? This Indicator Says It Will: Chart. The yen’s strengthening past 115 yen has raised concern that the rally in the Japanese...Show More Summary

Global Stocks Enter Bear Market

With stock markets from every continent plunging (Japan most recently), it should be no surprise that MSCI's world index has entered a bear market - dropping over 20% from its April 2015 record highs. However, as Gavekal notes, while...Show More Summary

Here’s 40 minutes of Valkyria: Azure Revolution courtesy of the Japanese demo

Vlakyria Chronicles Remastered comes with a Valkyria: Azure Revolution demo in Japan, and now we can look at it. 40 minutes of Valkyria: Azure Revolution footage has been posted online, taken from the demo. The footage comes from Twitch streamer hamachin, but was mirrored on YouTube by AllGamesBeta. Valkyria: Azure Revolution releases on PS4 in […]

Sorry, Sushi Burrito: Japanese Program Certifies Authentic Cuisine

In a world of Big Mac sushi and Cajun rolls, Japan is launching a new program to certify those Japanese restaurants outside the country that uphold traditional washoku cuisine values.

Ken Watanabe Is Battling Stomach Cancer, Broadway Return Delayed

Ken Watanabe‘s return to the Broadway stage in the musical The King and I has been delayed as he is currently battling stomach cancer. The 56-year-old actor is recovering in Japan after undergoing endoscopic surgery and he has released a statement to thank his fans for their patience in his return to the stage. “I [...]

Japan Is Selling Bonds Guaranteed To Lose You Money

13 hours agoNews : The Two-Way

With the global economy in turmoil, interest rates on some government debt are falling below zero.

Economics Professor: Negative Interest Rates Aimed at Driving Small Banks Out of Business and Eliminating Cash

More than one-fifth of the world’s total GDP is in countries which have imposed negative interest rates, including Japan, the EU, Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden. Negative interest rates are spreading worldwide. And yet negative interest...Show More Summary

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