Brazil eyeing Japan's help in oil project

Brazil plans to use Japanese technology in building a floating structure and ships for its huge offshore oil development project, according to media reports.
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Halaal tourism takes off in Japan

Prayer rooms, hijabs and even halaal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travellers.
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Central banks end era of promises

The world's major central banks are returning to a more opaque and artful approach to policy-making, ending experimenting with explicit promises, risking credibility

Japanese mascots face the chop

Hundreds of cuddly mascots are facing the chop after Japan's finance ministry ordered local authorities nationwide to cut back in their use.

Honda's first jet takes to the skies

Honda's first business jet has logged its maiden flight ahead of its expected certification and delivery next year.

Japan PM: Mobilise women for economy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged the nation's business leaders to do more to boost the role of working women.

Tax cuts aim to set Japan swinging

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to unveil measures ranging from corporate tax cuts and public pension reforms to proposed dance hall deregulation.

China, Japan manufacturing returns to growth

Manufacturing in China has shrugged off months of decline and returned to growth in June as Beijing's targeted stimulus measures supported domestic demand.

Japan PM wants to stage Robot Olympics

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to stage a "Robot Olympics" in 2020, the same year Tokyo hosts the Summer Games.

Dollar firms in Asia on Japan pension overhaul

The dollar and euro have risen against the yen in Asia as investors bet Japan's public pension fund will start to shift some holdings into foreign assets.

Labour-short Japan to expand trainee plan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expanding a controversial programme that offers "trainees" from China and elsewhere work for up to three years.

Bank of Japan more upbeat on recovery

The Bank of Japan has begun shifting its focus from supporting growth to ways of phasing out its massive stimulus.

No clear winner in Samsung-Apple battle

A Japanese court has ruled that Samsung may seek minimal damages from Apple for patent infringement, but both sides claimed victory.

Japan may delay casino bill

Japan may not be able to pass a bill in the current parliament session that would pave the way to legalising casino gambling, lawmakers say.

Japan banks warn of shrinking profits

Japan's top three banks have posted bumper annual profits owing to a surging domestic stock market, but warns that their bottom lines would shrink this year.
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