Abdication of Japan’s emperor moves a step closer

By Elaine Lies TOKYO, June 2 : Japanese Emperor Akihito’s abdication moved a step closer today when the lower house of parliament approved a bill paving the way for the first such abdication in nearly two centuries. Akihito, 83, who has had heart surgery and treatment for prostate cancer, said in rare public remarks last […]

Japan’s factory output races in April to hit its highest level since 2008

By Minami Funakoshi TOKYO, May 31 : Japan’s factory output rebounded in April from March and grew at the fastest pace in almost six years, taking production to its highest level since 2008. Japan’s industrial output rose 4.0 percent in April from the previous month, the strongest growth since posting a 4.2 percent gain in […]

Tokyo’s female governor takes on Japan’s old-boy network, but denies run for PM

By Linda Sieg and Ami Miyazaki TOKYO, May 30 : Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is challenging Japan’s old-boy network in the capital, where she thrashed a ruling party rival to win her post and now aims to lead reform-minded candidates to victory in a city-wide July election. A popular former TV announcer who speaks Arabic […]

Nikkei edges up in choppy trade as markets await for U.S. data

By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, May 29 : Tokyo stocks edged up in choppy trade on Monday morning as investors waited for clues to when U.S. interest rates will next rise from key U.S. economic data, including jobs figures, to be released later this week. Markets showed little reaction after North Korea fired what appeared to […]

Japan protests against UN privacy expert’s queries on contentious bill

By Linda Sieg TOKYO, May 22 : Japan today protested against a letter to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from a UN independent expert raising concerns that planned legislation targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other crimes could allow police to trample civil liberties. The lower house of Japan’s parliament is expected to approve the bill […]

US Pacific commander visits Japanese East China Sea listening post

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, May 18 : The head of the US Pacific Command made his first visit to a Japanese radar station on the edge of the disputed East China Sea that Japan opened last year to the anger of its regional rival China. Admiral Harry Harris visited the Yonaguni Coast Observation Unit on […]