Japan Nov wholesale prices rise at fastest pace in 9 years

By Leika Kihara and Sumio Ito TOKYO, Dec 12 : – Japan’s wholesale prices rose an annual 3.5 percent in November, the fastest rate in nine years, the Bank of Japan said, in a sign that rising global commodity costs were driving up corporate expenses. Analysts say it is uncertain whether household spending is resilient […]

Japanese priestess stabbed to death at shrine in apparent family feud

By Kaori Kaneko TOKYO, Dec 8 : A Shinto priestess was killed on the grounds of a famous Tokyo shrine by a man wielding a traditional Japanese sword who then killed another woman before committing suicide, police said on Friday, in what local media described as an apparent family feud. Nagako Tomioka, 58, chief priestess […]

Japanese priestess stabbed to death at shrine in apparent family feud

By Kaori Kaneko TOKYO, Dec 8 : A Shinto priestess was killed on the grounds of a famous Tokyo shrine by a man wielding a traditional Japanese sword who then killed another woman before committing suicide, police said on Friday, in what local media described as an apparent family feud. Nagako Tomioka, 58, chief priestess […]

Japan’s Q3 growth twice as fast as first estimated, outlook brightens

By Stanley White TOKYO, Dec 8 : Japan’s economy grew twice as fast as originally estimated in the third quarter thanks to big gains in capital expenditure, revised data showed on Friday, with expansion seen to continue thanks to buoyant exports. The economy grew an annualised 2.5 percent in July-September, handily beating the preliminary reading […]

Japan’s Oxford-educated crown prince to bring global view to Chrysanthemum Throne

By Linda Sieg TOKYO, Dec 8 : Japan’s Oxford-educated crown prince, Naruhito, looks set to bring a more global outlook to the ancient imperial institution while carrying on Emperor Akihito’s legacy of promoting peace and reconciliation with Asia when he ascends the throne in 2019. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet on Friday signed off on […]