This Carousel Has Had Quite a Ride. Will Anyone in Japan Save It?

TOKYO — From the shrines of Nikko and the temples of Kyoto to the castles of Matsumoto and Himeji, the Japanese are fiercely proud of the country’s centuries-old monuments of cultural heritage. Not so for a 113-year-old carousel in the nation’s capital. Despite a celebrated history that includes roots in Germany, a visit by Theodore […]

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Japan Is Paying Firms to Make Things at Home. But China’s Pull Is Still Strong.

TOKYO — Until July, the Japanese household goods company Iris Ohyama had always made its line of masks at its two factories in China. But early this year, as the coronavirus was spreading around the world, the Japanese authorities approached the company with an urgent problem. In China, the government had locked down factories that […]

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Japan’s newly minted prime minister steps into UN limelight

TOKYO — Considered something of a lightweight on foreign policy issues, Japan’s new prime minister has spent much of his career in the shadows, supporting previous leader Shinzo Abe with backroom bureaucratic maneuvers and in largely scripted, sometimes prickly dealings with the media. That will change Saturday morning (Friday afternoon at the United Nations) when […]

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China’s Xi: COVID reveals isolationism as a futile pursuit

TOKYO — China’s leader took oblique potshots at the United States and its foreign policies Tuesday, cautioning in a U.N. address that the world must “not fall into the trap of a clash of civilizations” — remarks played minutes after delegates heard the American president insist that the United Nations “hold China accountable” for how […]

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Amid China’s bumpy rise, Xi faces delicate moment at UN

TOKYO — The descriptions that China’s state media rolled out ahead of leader Xi Jinping’s speech Tuesday at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations were hardly unexpected. The Xinhua news agency lauded him as as a “champion of the U.N. ethos,” and commentaries laid out his expectations and plans as he […]

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Japanese finmin to continue to work closely with BoJ’s Kuroda

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday said he would continue to work closely with Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda in steering the economy, saying the central bank’s monetary easing has had positive effects on the economy. “As a result of monetary easing over the past 7-8 years, the yen has […]

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China, Japan, South Korea agree to make ‘all policy efforts’ to fight pandemic

TOKYO (Reuters) – Finance ministers and central bank governors from China, Japan and South Korea discussed policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and regional financial cooperation, and agreed to continue their policy efforts, they said in a joint statement. “China, Japan and Korea are committed to enhance our cooperation and communication with each other as […]

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Japan’s New Leader Picks His Team: The Same Old Men, and Fewer Women

TOKYO — Japan’s governing party resisted any urge to pick a magnetic crowd-pleaser when it anointed Yoshihide Suga as its leader this week. As Parliament officially elected him prime minister on Wednesday, he repaid its support. Mr. Suga, 71, put forward an everyone-old-is-new-again cabinet dominated by ministers who will continue in the jobs they held […]

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Yoshihide Suga elected Japan’s new PM, replacing Abe

TOKYO — Japan’s Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man. Suga, keeping his straight face, bowed deeply several times when the results were announced first in the lower house, the more powerful of the two parliamentary chambers where he has a seat, as his fellow ruling […]

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Suga wins party vote, to replace outgoing Abe as Japanese prime minister

TOKYO — Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new head of Japan’s ruling party on Monday, all but assuring that he will become the country’s new prime minister when a parliamentary election is held later in the week. Despite his low-key image, Suga, 71, has been a key figure in outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s […]

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Japan’s Next Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, Emerges From Behind the Curtain

TOKYO — There are few true surprises in Japanese politics, but the rise of Yoshihide Suga to become the next prime minister was not exactly preordained. The son of a strawberry farmer and a schoolteacher from rural northern Japan, Mr. Suga is one of the few leading Japanese lawmakers not from an elite political family. […]

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Yoshihide Suga, Right-Hand Man of Shinzo Abe, Is Set to Be Japan’s Prime Minister

TOKYO — Japan’s governing party on Monday anointed Yoshihide Suga, the current chief cabinet secretary, as its choice for the next prime minister, settling on what it saw as a safe pair of hands to grapple with the country’s many economic and strategic challenges. Two weeks after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was stepping […]

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Shinzo Abe Vowed Japan Would Help Women ‘Shine.’ They’re Still Waiting.

TOKYO — This was supposed to be the era when Japan finally stepped beyond its centuries of patriarchal dominance and empowered women in the workplace. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the country’s prosperity depended on it, and promised policies to help women “shine.” He even gave the push a name: womenomics. Sayaka Hojo has yet […]

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Japan Urges Millions to Evacuate as Typhoon Looms

TOKYO — Japanese authorities on Sunday ordered more than a million residents of western Japan to seek shelter as a major storm lashed the coast with high winds and threatened record-breaking flooding. Typhoon Haishen sat off the coast of the western island of Kyushu gathering power and creating chaos in the region, where it knocked […]

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Japan’s Suga signals focus on protecting jobs, rules out sales tax cut

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Saturday the new prime minister must continue to protect companies and jobs, mainly through pay-outs and loans, to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic. Suga, a frontrunner to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a leadership race later this month, repeated his […]

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75th anniversary of end of WWII is mostly virtual amid virus

When Japanese military leaders climbed aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945, the battleship was packed with U.S. sailors eager to see the end of World War II. On Wednesday, the 75th anniversary of the surrender, some of those same men who served the United States weren’t able to return to […]

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Typhoon Maysak sweeps southern Japan, heads to South Korea

TOKYO  — A powerful typhoon blew over Japan’s southernmost islands on Tuesday and was headed toward the country’s main southern island and the Korean Peninsula. More than 20,000 homes were left without electricity, according to Okinawa Electric Power Co. As of noon, Typhoon Maysak had already traveled past the area around Okinawa, home to U.S. […]

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Many Want to Be Japan’s New Leader. Do They Know What Awaits Them?

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan is leaving office a year early with no obvious successor. But whoever ultimately emerges from the fierce jockeying within his party will face a clear set of monumental challenges. The coronavirus, although relatively contained now, could yet rage out of control. The Japanese economy, the world’s third […]

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Shinzo Abe’s Resignation Prompts Speculation About His Successor

TOKYO — In his resignation speech on Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said that the executives of his conservative political party were finalizing plans for selecting a new leader. Speculation about who that might be was swirling even before he took the podium. Mr. Abe, who would have led the world’s third-largest economy […]

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Japan’s Leader Is Leaving. Here’s How It Might Pick a New One.

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s announcement on Friday that he would step down will open the field for what may become a fierce battle to become his successor. Mr. Abe, who took office in 2012 and became Japan’s longest-serving leader in the modern era, was originally set to leave office in September 2021. That […]

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BOJ’s Suzuki says Japan banks could see spike in COVID-related credit costs

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese financial institutions may see credit costs balloon to levels hit during the global financial crisis if a second and third wave of coronavirus infections hammer the economy, Bank of Japan board member Hitoshi Suzuki said on Thursday. “As financial institutions actively support companies suffering from funding strains caused by the pandemic, […]

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Dozens of WWII veterans to gather in Hawaii amid pandemic

Several dozen aging U.S. veterans, including some who were in Tokyo Bay as swarms of warplanes buzzed overhead and nations converged to end World War II, will gather on a battleship in Pearl Harbor next month to mark the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender, even if it means the vulnerable group may be risking their […]

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Japan’s Been Proudly Pacifist for 75 Years. A Missile Proposal Challenges That.

TOKYO — Shinzo Abe is facing some of the toughest challenges of his record-setting tenure as Japan’s prime minister, with persistent flare-ups of the coronavirus, an economy mired in recession, and a public fed up with his government’s handling of the crises. Yet Mr. Abe’s administration is focusing on a different threat, one that lines […]

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Cardi B’s Hair Stylist Reveals Exactly How To Recreate The Chain Link Ponytail She Rocks In ‘WAP’ Video

Tokyo Stylez is the celeb wig specialist and extension extraordinaire who created Cardi B’s epic ‘WAP’ ponytail. Now she’s revealing how you can copy that look at home. Ever since her “WAP” music video premiered online on Aug. 7, Cardi B’s extremely long, chain link high ponytail has been causing a lot of buzz. Kim […]

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Head of World’s Largest Pension Fund Looks Beyond Sovereign Debt

© Bloomberg. Masataka Miyazono at GPIF’s office in Tokyo on Aug. 11. (Bloomberg) — The head of the world’s largest pension fund said he is looking beyond the safety of sovereign debt as an era of falling rates forces even the most conservative of investors to rethink playbooks. Masataka Miyazono, the president of Japan’s mammoth […]

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