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10 things you need to know before European markets open

Good morning! Here are 10 of the most important stories in markets today. Japan's inflation rate is now back at zero. Stripping out the effect of the tax increase that came in last April, core inflation fell to zero, posing a challenge for the government of Shinzo Abe and the Bank of Japan. Show More Summary

Lt. General Snowden

--General Snowden, before a plaque signed and presented to him by the last Japanese Emperor of the Empire of Japan (Hirohito) Strangers on this road, we are all We are not two, we are one --Strangers, Golden Smog _______________________ We recently had the pleasure of meeting a hometown hero, Lt. Show More Summary

Growing Speculation BOJ Easing May Outlast Kuroda’s Tenure

There is growing speculation that the Bank of Japan's monetary easing program may outlast the term of Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, which ends in April 2018.

Friday Watch

Evening Headlin es Bloomberg: Monday Deadline for Greece. (video) Japan's Inflation Gauge Halts at Zero in February. The Bank of Japan’s key inflation gauge ground to a halt as consumer spending slumped, highlighting weakness in the nation’s recovery from recession. Show More Summary

Denpa Ningen no RPG FREE hits 2 million downloads

Denpa Ningen no RPG FREE just keeps rolling on in Japan. Taking the franchise in a free-to-play direction was certainly the right choice! This latest entry has now pulled in 2 million downloads! That milestone and the title's anniversary release will be celebrated on April 4th, 2015. Link

Japan PM Abe to address joint session of Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so.

Honda S660 First-Drive In Japan: Video

5 hours agoVehicles / Cars : TopSpeed

While sports car enthusiasts were hoping that Honda would finally revive the S2000 to give the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 a run for its money, Honda had other plans. Those plans included a successor to the tiny Beat, which arrived as the S660 Concept at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Show More Summary

Japan's Latest Destroyer Sure Looks Like An Aircraft Carrier!

6 hours agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Japan has inducted into service its largest warship since WWII, the 814 foot long Izumo. The activation of such a large ship, dubbed a 'Helicopter Destroyer,' has regional powers and academics alike questioning the limits of Article 9 in Japan's Constitution. Read more...

Japan makes a start on sharing lessons from nuclear crisis

SENDAI, Japan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When professional boxer and model Tomomi Takano heard that children in Japan's Fukushima prefecture were becoming unfit and overweight as the 2011 nuclear crisis there limited the time they could play outside, she decided to use her skills to help.

David Ignatius’s full interview with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Editor’s note: In his Friday column, David Ignatius writes about his interview with Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe. Below is the complete transcript of their interview. DAVID IGNATIUS: I want to start with economics and the economic policies that we call “Abenomics.”  Explain to me the way that your economic policies are different from previous efforts to […]

Japan core inflation falls to zero

Japanese inflation went back to zero for the first time in nearly two years in February.

In Pictures: The First Lady’s Trip to Japan and Cambodia

As part of the “Let Girls Learn” initiative to open the doors of education for girls around the world, First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Tokyo, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; and Siem Reap, Cambodia from March 18 to March 22, 2015. Take aShow More Summary

Will Myanmar's Military Reform?

YANGON--It was, in a sense, a reverse Pearl Harbor on the Irrawaddy River. After welcoming the Japanese army into Burma in 1942, a young Burmese general named Aung San and his ragtag national army had become disillusioned with Japanese...Show More Summary

The Surprising Way Japan's 2011 Earthquake Is Still Changing the Climate

12 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The 9.0 Tohoku earthquake damaged thousands of buildings when it ripped through Japan four years ago. Much of that debris is gone now, but the broken buildings had an invisible effect, too: The earthquake released thousands of tons of ozone-destroying greenhouse gases into the air. Read more...

Tokonyan, A Giant Lucky Cat Figurine in Tokoname, Japan

12 hours agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

photo by Hayashi Mei Tokonyan is a giant maneki-neko (a good-luck cat figurine) in Tokoname, Japan. The ten-and-a-half-foot cat head looks over the town of Tokoname while two figures of smaller cats stare back at their massive feline friend. photo by Shinya Uchida photo by isamu_WJ photo by Minami_Carapare photo by Hayashi Mei via Minami_Carapare, […]

The Fed and the ECB face off

The expansionary monetary policies of the ECB and the Bank of Japan will make it more difficult for the Federal Reserve to achieve policy normalisation.

Artist Mariko Mori Uncovers Parallel Universes With New Show 

Photograph by David Sims. Courtesy of Sean Kelly Gallery. Though you might not have heard her name, in her home country of Japan 48-year-old polyglot artist Mariko Mori is a superstar. Her pieces, spanning from video, to film, to sculpture,...Show More Summary

Black Keys Cancel More Dates as Patrick Carney Recovers From Injury

The Black Keys have canceled their upcoming performances in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, since drummer Patrick Carney has experienced a setback in his recovery from a dislocated and broken shoulder. The duo previously nixed the European leg of their Turn Blue tour, which was scheduled for February and March after Carney sustained the injury while swimming off...

Sumo Wrestling and Sukiyaki: Inside Princeton's Life-Altering Trip to Japan

Princeton football head coach Bob Surace likes to email his players—a lot. When you're dealing with roughly 100 18-to-22-year-olds, it's the most efficient way to reach them with important information. Last summer, Surace sent out an email like he normally does. Show More Summary

What it's like to be 'hafu,' or half-black, in Japan

The backlash against Miss Universe winner Ariana Miyamoto reflects the struggle of biracial people in Japan.

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