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PM Funds Roundup: Japan’s Activist Investors, Venezuelan Manager Sentenced, Gross Talks Rates

Activist investors are gaining more of a foothold in Japan. Kosaku Narioka, The Wall Street Journal. Venezuelan hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi gets 13 years in prison for fraud. Michael Melia, AP. Bill Gross says the long-term environment of low interest rates foster by the Fed is eroding the hope of returns at the foundation [...]

Honda Recalls To Squeeze Profit, Cloud Guidance As Cheap Fuel Poses New Threat

By Chang-Ran Kim TOKYO (Reuters) - As Japan's Honda Motor Co pays hundreds of millions of dollars to replace potentially deadly air bags, hitting earnings, a new headache lies around the bend - cheaper U.S. petrol could lure buyers away from its fuel-efficient cars. Show More Summary

Temples and Skyscrapers: Visual Impressions of Japan through the Lens of Akhil Sesh

New York-based photographer and videographer Akhil Sesh imparts some visual impressions of his trip through Japan in this latest photo essay. Akhil’s images convey the mesmerizing and stark contrast between Japan’s notoriously thriving… The post Temples and Skyscrapers: Visual Impressions of Japan through the Lens of Akhil Sesh appeared first on Highsnobiety.

Google's Nexus Player to be available in Japan by the end of February

It looks like the Nexus Player is beginning its exploration of the wide, wide world. Google announced today that the Android TV device will be coming to Japan at the end of February for 12,800 yen (about $108).

School of Ragnarok is Square Enix's 1-on-1 arcade fighter

If you are in Japan or going sometime this year (and want to take me with you!), you can play Square Enix's newest title, School of Ragnarok. The one-versus-one fighter is more of a Gundam VS (or maybe Square's own Dissidia) than a typical...Show More Summary

Blame It On The Chupacabra! Home-Rehabbed Johnny Depp Uses Make-Believe Beast As Excuse For No-Show

Johnny Depp, after a purported drinking relapse months back, blamed a missed media conference in Tokyo on Tuesday on a Chupacabra attack. The 51-year-old, in Japan to promote his… READ ON

Google to release Nexus Player in Japan next month

3 hours agoWeb / Web Videos : NewTeeVee

Google's Nexus Player won't be exclusive to North America for much longer: The device will start selling in Japan next month, and other international rollouts may not be far behind. Google…

Mega Man Remix getting a reprint in Japan

- created by Hitoshi Ariga - due out March 18th in Japan - features both volumes of the comic in a single book - new cover - includes two new 2015 versions of the "Rockman Writer's Secret Talks" segment - 304 pages - 3,600 yen (roughly $30 US) Thanks to Heat Man for the heads up! Link

What?s it like to fly business class with ANA (All Nippon Airways)?

ANA (All Nippon Airways) is the largest airline in Japan, a member of Star Alliance, and ranked one of the top 10 airlines in the world. It is one of less than 10 airlines worldwide to currently hold Sytrax’s 5-star rating and has aShow More Summary

China's Worst Nightmare? Japan May Sell India Six Stealth Submarines

Zachary Keck Security, Asia-Pacific Japan may have the chance to extract some revenge from China by selling India its latest diesel-electric Soryu-class submarines. For years China has excelled at antagonizing Japan. Now Tokyo may have...Show More Summary

News from Nippon: Do Japan's Lonely Singles Really Want 'Marriage-Hunting' Apartments with Stripper Poles?

Photo via Property Design Office In Japan, where a recent study found that nearly 50% of adults are not having sex, a Tokyo property developer has come up with his own solution to the country's problem. The remedy, according to...

Why Vending Machines Are So Popular in Japan

8 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Right now, I am visiting New York. There are not many vending machines here, like there are in Osaka, where I live. Surely, there must be a good reason for Japan having all those vending machines. Turns out, there are several. Read more...

Japan's Record Defense Budget: Should Asia Be Concerned?

Benjamin Schreer Security, Japan The simple answer is no.  Much has been made in the media (for instance, here and here) about the Japanese government’s “record” defense budget request for Fiscal Year 2015. With ¥4.98 trillion (roughly US$42 billion), it’d be the “largest budget ever,” according to a Defence Ministry official. Show More Summary

Why Vending Machines Are So Popular in Japan

Right now, I am visiting New York. There are not many vending machines here, like there are in Osaka, where I live. Surely, there must be a good reason for Japan having all those vending machines. Turns out, there are several. Read more...

Japan says it trusts Jordan to help ISIS hostages

Jordan must bring Sajida al-Rishawi to the Turkish border by sunset Thursday in exchange for Kenji Goto and Muath al-Kaseasbeh.

The Traditional Carved Wood Guitars of Japan are Incredibly Beautiful

12 hours agoOdd : Neatorama

(Photo: Inami Wood Carving Collective) The Inami style of wood carving dates back to Eighteenth Century Japan. The master craftsmen there make the finest sculptures and other implements rendered in wood. In addition to more traditional uses for their craft, the artisans also make bodies for electric guitars. Show More Summary

Japan studying latest message in Middle East hostage crisis

Japan has been studying the latest message purportedly from the Islamic State group, which extends the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly Thursday to try to free a Japanese journalist...Show More Summary

New Recruit Ichiro Keen to Repay Marlins Faith

15 hours agoSports / Baseball : Bats

Future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki said he wanted to return the faith shown by Miami Marlins executives after they flew to Japan to convince the veteran to sign for the Florida ball club.

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