That’s what the world is, after all: an endless battle of contrasting memories.
— Haruki Murakami
  • Japan to finance Thilawa project

    TOKYO - Japan pledged fresh aid worth about 63 billion yen (19.5 billion baht) in loans to Myanmar on Sunday, mainly to help the Southeast Asian country's infrastructure-building projects.

  • Japan top foreign car seller in China

    Sales of new automobiles in China hit an all-time monthly high in November, with sales of Japanese cars beating all foreign rivals, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Dealers sold 2,043,900 vehicles, up 14.1 percent from a year earlier, the industry group said Tuesday. The association also said ...

  • Japan’s GDP growth downgraded to annual 1.1%

    Japan’s economy grew at an annualized rate of 1.1 percent in the third quarter of 2013 in inflation-adjusted terms, downgraded from preliminary data against the backdrop of a downward revision to capital spending, the government said Monday. The July-September growth in real gross domestic product, the total value of goods ...

  • Japan to help SMEs enter Asean

    TOKYO - The Japanese government will set up a public-private initiative to support small and medium-sized businesses expand into Association of Southeast Asian Nations markets, a Japan-Asean diplomatic source said Friday.

  • Japan parliament approves contentious secrets law

    Japan's parliament approved on Friday a state secrets law that stiffens penalties for leaks by government officials and for journalists who seek such information, overriding criticism that it could be used to cover up government abuses and suppress civil liberties.

  • Japan minister handling trade talks in hospital

    The Japanese economy minister involved in talks with the U.S. and other countries on a Pacific Rim trade pact has been hospitalized for tests, just as the negotiations approach their year-end deadline.

  • Nomura to raise pay for 4,000 employees in Japan to help spur economy

    Nomura Holdings Inc., Japan’s biggest brokerage, will raise salaries for about 4,000 employees in the country as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urges companies to help defeat deflation and sustain the economic recovery. Base pay at the Nomura Securities Co. unit will climb an average 2 percent starting in April, the ...

  • Foreign trainees in Japan face exploitation

    When Chinese textile worker Wang Mingzhi heard he could more than triple his income with a three-year stint working in Japan as an apprentice, he eagerly paid a broker $7,300 in fees and deposit money.

  • Japan trade deficit widens as imports surge

    The trade deficit nearly doubled in October as growth in imports outpaced robust increases in exports to the U.S. and China, the Finance Ministry reported Wednesday. The weakening of the yen over the past year has helped exports, but it has also increased the cost in yen terms for imports, ...

  • Japan trade deficit widens as imports surge

    Japan's trade deficit nearly doubled in October, as growth in imports outpaced robust increases in exports to the U.S. and China, the Finance Ministry reported Wednesday.

  • Japan Finance Ministry to call for end of farm protection

    A Finance Ministry panel will propose that the government end protective measures for farmers in a bid to bolster the competitiveness of Japan’s agricultural sector ahead of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, ministry sources said. In a proposal to be finalized by the end of this month, the Fiscal System Council will ...