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Japan has to toughen up, says J-League boss
Japan must kick its obsession with style over substance to avoid being left behind by other countries, J-League boss Mitsuru Murai told AFP before the weekend start of the domestic season. Gamba Osaka will be the team to beat when the J-League kicks off on Saturday after winning the treble last year, flexing their muscles by beating fierce rivals Urawa Reds 2-0 in the curtain-raising Super Cup ...(3/5/2015 3:04:18 AM)
Japan to name Halilhodzic as new football coach of national side
Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic has agreed to become the new coach of the Japan national team following the sacking of Mexican Javier Aguirre, Japanese football officials said on Thursday. The appointment of the 62-year-old Halilhodzic, who guided Algeria to the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time last year, is expected to be formalised after the JFA's board meeting on March 12.(3/5/2015 6:59:22 AM)
Cheap yen, fading Fukushima fears lure Japan tourists
The 2011 earthquake and tsunami that smashed into Japan laid waste to the country's tourism industry, leaving a coastline in ruins, killing thousands and sparking the worst atomic crisis in a generation. Worries about radiation sent the number of inbound visitors to Japan into a steep dive and the thought of attracting new tourists seemed an impossible goal in the days and weeks after the ...(3/4/2015 11:46:27 AM)
Japan court battles could delay nuclear restarts further
By Mari Saito and Kentaro Hamada TOKYO (Reuters) - The fight over restarting Japan's nuclear industry is moving to the courts, where power companies face the risk of further delays in firing up idled reactors if judges side with local residents worried about nuclear safety. Four reactors owned by two utilities cleared regulatory safety checks in recent months, potentially soon ending more than a ...(3/4/2015 4:03:11 PM)
Own Up to the War Former Japan PM Tells Abe
Murayama, 91, who told the world Japan must “eliminate self-righteous nationalism” that triggered the war, called on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to water-down the statement that bears his name, and retain references to the “aggression” and “colonial rule” the nation inflicted on its Asian neighbors. Murayama, the country’s first Socialist prime minister in almost half a century, stressed in a ...(3/5/2015 2:29:42 AM)
Japan slams brakes on Uber taxi service
Japan has slammed the brakes on a pilot project by taxi service Uber less than a month after it was launched, with a government official saying Wednesday it probably violates transport laws. The development marked another blow for the web-based taxi app, which has incurred the hostility of traditional taxi companies in many countries. "Last Friday, we met with Uber Japan officials and told them ...(3/4/2015 7:41:16 AM)
Japan negotiator: TPP trade deal with US do-able by spring
A deal between Japan and the U.S. needed to move ahead with a Pacific Rim trade pact is possible by this spring, a top Japanese trade negotiator said Tuesday. Top negotiators for the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific ...(3/3/2015 4:14:57 AM)
Bank of Japan's QE skeptic says appropriate inflation lower than 2 percent
By Leika Kihara MAEBASHI, Japan (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan should give itself more time to achieve its ambitious price target, board member Takahide Kiuchi said, warning that an appropriate level of inflation for Japan is currently lower than the bank's 2 percent target. The remarks by Kiuchi, who has long been skeptical of the central bank's radical stimulus program, contrast with Governor ...(3/5/2015 1:33:26 AM)
While the Middle East and Eurasia are dominated by violent scenarios that change by the minute, Asia has been largely quiet, except for the Chinese military's "your island is my island" attempts to gulp down all the small islands in the South China Sea. With Japan still bound by the post-World War II constitutional prohibition against an active military in the region, one can sit back and relive ...(3/3/2015 6:00:24 PM)
Dice-K starts comeback bid in Japan with solid outing
NISHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) — Daisuke Matsuzaka made the first start of his comeback in Japan on Wednesday, returning to the scene of one of his most memorable pitching performances.(3/4/2015 4:06:38 AM)
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