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Japan's June core inflation near two-year low


Japan's core inflation slowed to its weakest in about two years in June, data showed on Friday, adding pressure on the Bank of Japan to deliver more stimulus to meet its 2% price target. The core consumer price index, which includes oil products but excludes fresh food prices, rose 0.6%… Read


Local gov'ts precede state in efforts against hate speech in Japan


Local governments in Japan have preceded the state in efforts to eradicate discrimination against ethnic minorities since the enactment of a national law to counter hate speech in 2016, with critics calling for tougher nationwide steps to that end. Despite some progress made in municipalities facing a growing sense of… Read


Man served 2nd warrant over murder of wife in legless body case

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A 26-year-old man who was arrested after his wife's legless body was found last month at a beach near Tokyo on suspicion of abandoning it, was served with a fresh warrant Thursday for allegedly killing her, police said. Seiya Taira is suspected of strangling his wife Fubuki, 26, to death… Read


Knife crimes soar to record in England and Wales


Knife crimes rose 8% to a record in England and Wales last year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Thursday, as major cities like London try to tackle a surge in stabbings. However, the number of homicides where a knife or sharp instrument was involved dropped, reflecting an… Read


U.S. says Navy ship destroyed Iranian drone in Gulf


The United States said on Thursday that a U.S. Navy ship had "destroyed" an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the aircraft threatened the vessel, but Iran said it had no information about losing a drone. In the latest episode to stir tensions in the Gulf, U.S. President… Read


U.S.-China trade war may provide window of opportunity for Japan


Although China's economy has been slowing down due to a trade war waged by the United States, hurting not only exports but also domestic demand, such a situation may provide a window of opportunity for Japanese businesses. As relations between the two Asian nations have improved and Washington has repeatedly… Read


Kore-eda film 'The Truth' to open Venice Film Festival


The 76TH Venice Film Festival is opening with Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's "The Truth." Festival director Alberto Barbera announced the selection starring Catherine Deneuve, Ethan Hawke and Juliette Binoche in a statement Thursday. This is the first time in years that Venice has not started with a Hollywood film. Recent… Read


Renault chief confident partnership with Nissan on track

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Renault's chairman expressed confidence Thursday that the French automaker's alliance with Nissan remains on track following the appointment of a new board at the Japanese firm in the wake of the scandal involving Carlos Ghosn, who had chaired both companies. Jean-Dominique Senard also told reporters that there has been no… Read


Tokyo governor says Olympics worth the cost, Paralympics key


Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike on Thursday defended the cost of hosting the 2020 Olympic Games, saying the Paralympics in particular would build a legacy by creating better accessibility for Japan's rapidly aging society. Koike had taken Olympics organizers to task after her election three years ago, saying the Games budget… Read


Japanese town celebrates first whale catch of the season


As Misako Komiya watched a crew of men in rubber boots peeling skin and blubber off a whale with long knives, she was already planning how to prepare the five kilograms of meat she intended to buy. "I'll chop it really fine, simmer it with sugar, ginger, soy sauce and… Read

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