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Japan June exports slide in warning sign for economic outlook
Japan's exports unexpectedly fell in June for a second straight month, weighed down by a drop in shipments to Asia and the United States, signalling that weak external demand may require bolder measures from policymakers to sustain the country's economic recovery. Sluggish exports, a weak spot in the world's third-largest economy, have been a concern for policymakers who hoped that a recovery in ...(7/24/2014 4:09:10 AM)
Naval ships from US, India and Japan to start war games
The United States, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China and its military buildup. Warships from the three countries are to begin the joint exercises on Friday, after an official opening ceremony at the Sasebo Naval Base in southern Japan on Thursday. Known as the Malabar Exercise, the ...(7/24/2014 3:58:57 AM)
UN watchdog urges Japan to accept blame for 'comfort women'
The United Nations has called on Japan to accept full blame for pressing women from Korea and other Asian nations into sexual slavery during World War II. "We want Japan to make the kind of statement that the families and the women themselves -- the few who are still surviving -- can recognise as an unambiguous, uninhibited acceptance of total responsibility," said Nigel Rodley, head of the UN ...(7/24/2014 1:40:02 PM)
Japan appoint Aguirre as new coach after World Cup flop
Mexican Javier Aguirre was appointed Japan's new football coach on Thursday after the team's World Cup flop prompted the resignation of Alberto Zaccheroni. Japan Football Association (JFA) technical director Hiromi Hara told reporters: "We have agreed on terms and the executive board have approved his appointment." The 55-year-old Aguirre, who led Mexico to the last 16 of the World Cup in 2002 ...(7/23/2014 8:10:10 PM)
Japan trade deficit surges to record on weak exports
Japan's trade deficit ballooned to a record in the first half of the year as exports fell further in June, data showed Thursday, ramping up pressure on the central bank to unveil fresh measures to boost the economy. Japan has seen widening trade deficits since the Fukushima nuclear crisis in March 2011 forced it to switch off its atomic reactors and turn to pricey fossil fuel imports to plug the ...(7/23/2014 11:31:56 PM)
U.N. panel tells Japan to compensate 'comfort women'
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights panel called on Japan on Thursday to undertake independent investigations of wartime sex slavery and apologise to the women who were victims before it was too late. Some historians estimate that as many as 200,000 so-called comfort women, many from China and South Korea, were forced into the Imperial Japanese Army's brothels ...(7/24/2014 4:25:58 PM)
'Eliminating misogyny' key to shaking up Japan's workforce: UNDP chief
Japan must work to "eliminate misogyny" if it wants to draw more women into the workforce as part of a wider bid to stimulate the economy, said the head of the United Nations Development Programme. Helen Clark, a former New Zealand prime minister, made the comments in an interview with AFP ahead of the release of the agency's 2014 Human Development Report in Tokyo on Thursday. "Japan still has ...(7/24/2014 1:49:41 PM)
Japan trade deficit at record $75B in first half
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade deficit surged to a record 7.6 trillion yen ($74.9 billion) in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.(7/23/2014 10:37:59 PM)
Japan's growth forecast trimmed but BOJ easing expectations fade: poll
Japan's economic recovery appears more fragile after a recent tax increase but the central bank looks less likely to ease policy, a Reuters poll showed, underscoring the uncertainty surrounding the world's third-biggest economy. Economists responding to a monthly Reuters survey trimmed their growth forecasts, remaining notably less bullish than the government and the Bank of Japan, which have ...(7/24/2014 5:45:45 AM)
Mexican Aguirre named as new coach of Japan
Japan has appointed Mexican Javier Aguirre as the new head coach of the national team. The Japan Football Association made the appointment on Thursday, with the 55-year-old Aguirre replacing Alberto Zaccheroni, who coached the team to a disappointing group-stage exit at the World Cup. Aguirre guided Mexico to the round of 16 at the World Cup in 2002 and 2010, and most recently was coach of ...(7/24/2014 8:05:08 AM)
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