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Japan's cryptocurrency exchanges to form new self-regulating body: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sixteen Japanese cryptocurrency exchanges will fix plans as early as next week to create a self-regulating body in a bid to better safeguard investors after a $530 million digital money heist last month, two source familiar with the plan said.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-Japan's Sony to form alliance to build taxi-hailing system

TOKYO, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Tuesday it would become the latest blue-chip firm to jockey for position in Japan's taxi and ride-hailing market, with plans for a joint venture to develop an artificial intelligence-based hailing system.

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Japan's Sony to form alliance to build taxi-hailing system

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Tuesday it would become the latest blue-chip firm to jockey for position in Japan's taxi and ride-hailing market, with plans for a joint venture to develop an artificial intelligence-based hailing system.

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Over half of Japan firms do not plan base pay rise this year

TOKYO (Reuters) - More than half of Japan's companies do not plan to raise base pay in annual wage talks in coming months, a set back for the prime minister and the country's main business lobby which has called for wage rises of 3 percent to fuel an economic revival.

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Japan's Sony Corp to form alliance to build taxi-hailing system: Nikkei

(Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp plans to form a joint venture to develop an artificial intelligence-based taxi-hailing system in Japan, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on Tuesday.

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Nikkei rises to 1-1/2-week high, exporters and big-caps gain

TOKYO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a 1-1/2-week high on Monday morning as exporters took advantage of a pullback in the yen, while market heavyweights such as Fanuc and Fast Retailing helped boost the benchmark index.

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Japan's Mizuho sees pickup in U.S. M&A lending after tax cut

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Mizuho Financial Group Inc sees a pickup in overseas lending after a slowdown last year in the United States, where a recently enacted corporate tax cut is widely expected to spur mergers and acquisitions (M&As).

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Japan's Mizuho sees pickup in US M&A lending after tax cut

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Mizuho Financial Group Inc sees a pickup in overseas lending after a slowdown last year in the United States, where a recently enacted corporate tax cut is widely expected to spur mergers and acquisitions (M&As).

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Hanyu defends Olympic title, Uno takes silver

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu took gold in the men's singles competition on Saturday despite several mistakes in an otherwise mesmerizing programme, becoming the first man in 66 years to defend his Olympic title and giving Japan its first Pyeongchang gold.

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Nishikori reaches New York semi-finals with comeback win

(Reuters) - Japan's Kei Nishikori survived his toughest test since his return to the ATP Tour, having to come back from behind to beat Radu Albot 4-6 6-3 6-1 on Friday to reach the semi-final of the New York Open.

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Nishikori dominant in second round win in New York

(Reuters) - Japan's Kei Nishikori continued his smooth progress in his first ATP Tour event since August, brushing past Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 6-2 6-4 in the second round of the inaugural New York Open on Wednesday.

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Japan's Abe, Trump agree to keep up pressure on North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to keep up pressure on North Korea until Pyongyang abandons its nuclear and missile programs, Japan's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

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Exploring Japan's spectacular 'snow monsters'

As the cable car glides up the mountain in Japan's Yamagata prefecture, the snow-covered fir trees below begin to transform, taking on a bulkier appearance as their green coats disappear under a mass of white.

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Shareholder Deason sues Xerox in U.S. to block Fujifilm deal

(Reuters) - Xerox Corp shareholder Darwin Deason asked a court on Tuesday to block the company's merger with Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp , claiming the U.S. photocopier maker's board failed shareholders by approving a deal that undervalues the company.

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Deason sues Xerox to block deal with Fujifilm

(Reuters) - Xerox Corp shareholder Darwin Deason asked courts on Tuesday to block the company's merger with Japan's Fujifilm Holdings , claiming board members at the U.S. photocopier maker had failed in their duty to shareholders.

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UPDATE 2-Deason sues Xerox to block deal with Fujifilm

Feb 13 (Reuters) - Xerox Corp shareholder Darwin Deason asked courts on Tuesday to block the company's merger with Japan's Fujifilm Holdings, claiming board members at the U.S. photocopier maker had failed in their duty to shareholders.

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Japan's Coincheck reports to regulators over $530 million cryptocurrency heist

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc, under pressure to better safeguard investors after the daring theft of $530 million of digital money last month, filed on Tuesday a report with regulators on the hacking, a person familiar with the matter said.

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Icahn, Deason urge Xerox shareholders to oppose Fujifilm deal

(Reuters) - Xerox Corp's plan to sell itself to Japan's Fujifilm Holdings has come under further pressure with Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason urging fellow shareholders to oppose the $6.1 billion deal.

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Nikkei rebounds after sharp weekly drop as U.S. shares recover

TOKYO, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rebounded on Tuesday morning after suffering a sharp drop last week, as investors played catch-up after U.S. shares rose on Monday, when markets were closed for a national holiday in Japan.

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Japan's Coincheck set to report to regulators over $530 million cryptocurrency heist

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc, stung by the theft of $530 million of digital money last month, is expected on Tuesday to file a report with regulators on the hacking.

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Coincheck heist sheds light on Japan's rush to create cryptocurrency rules

TOKYO (Reuters) - After the Mt. Gox cryptocurrency exchange was stung by a half-billion dollar theft in 2014, Japanese regulators swung into action.

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Japan regulator to inspect more cryptocurrency exchanges: source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's financial regulator will this week launch on-site checks of several cryptocurrency exchange operators potentially vulnerable to cyber-attacks, and may widen its inspections, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

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Japan's KDDI, Daiwa Sec tie up in smartphone asset management

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese telecoms operator KDDI Corp and Daiwa Securities Group Inc said on Thursday they have joined hands to offer asset management services, including using smartphones to target...

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Swiss Re in talks with SoftBank, Japanese firm could take minority stake

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss Re is in preliminary discussions with Japan's SoftBank Group on a potential minority investment in the Swiss reinsurer, the Zurich-based group said on Wednesday.

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Royal wedding postponed until 2020

Japan's Princess Mako and her commoner fiancé Kei Komuro have postponed their highly anticipated engagement and wedding until at least 2020, saying they were not yet ready for marriage.

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Japan's SoftBank aims to list domestic telecoms unit this year

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp said on Wednesday that it wants to list its Japanese telecoms unit this year as CEO Masayoshi Son moves to complete the transformation of the company he founded from domestic telecoms upstart into one of the world's biggest technology investors.

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Pence views Japan's missile defense with North Korea on agenda for talks

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited a Japanese Patriot PAC-3 missile battery, Japan's last line of defense against any possible North Korean missile strike, in Tokyo on Wednesday on his way to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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Japan's Princess Mako postpones marriage

Japan's Princess Mako and fiance Kei Komuro have postponed their highly-anticipated engagement and wedding until at least 2020.

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Panasonic hikes outlook after third-quarter earnings surge on automotive demand

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Panasonic Corp lifted its outlook for earnings this year after reporting a 23 percent jump in third-quarter operating profit on healthy sales of car components and factory automation equipment.

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Japanese army helicopter crash sparks fire in residential area

TOKYO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - A Japanese army Apache attack helicopter crashed in western Japan on Monday sparking a fire in a residential area, Japan's defence minister said.

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Nikkei tumbles over 2 pct to 1-1/2-month low following Wall Street rout

TOKYO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average tumbled more than 2 percent to a 1-1/2-month low on Monday, pressured by sharp losses in U.S. markets triggered by rising bond yields and prospects for stronger inflation.

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Japan's PM vows to proceed with U.S. base relocation in Okinawa after poll

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed on Monday the victory of a ruling party-backed candidate in a mayoral election on Okinawa, vowing to press ahead with a controversial plan to move a U.S. Marines air base on the southern island.

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Sony CEO Hirai to step down, turnaround ally Yoshida to take helm

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp said CEO Kazuo Hirai would be handing over the reins to finance chief Kenichiro Yoshida, while at the same time forecast a record annual profit that highlights the revival in fortune that they have both engineered.

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Sony reports best-ever third quarter profit, forecasts new annual record

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp on Friday reported a nearly four-fold jump in third-quarter operating profit on growing demand for its image sensors, and raised its full-year earnings outlook.

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Japan's regulator urged Coincheck to fix flaws before $530 million cyber theft

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's financial regulator on Friday swooped on Coincheck Inc with surprise checks of its systems and said it had asked the Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange to fix flaws in its computer networks well before hackers stole $530 million of digital money last week.

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Nomura Q3 net profit jumps 25 pct on domestic retail strength

TOKYO, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Nomura Holdings Inc, Japan's biggest brokerage and investment bank, said on Thursday its third-quarter net profit rose 25 percent as a strong global equities market boosted its domestic-focused retail division.

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Nikkei posts first gain in 7 days, helped by softer yen, earnings

TOKYO, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday morning, rebounding from a six-day losing streak and pushing most sectors into positive territory, as a weaker yen and corporate earnings helped drive the benchmark index higher.

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Japan's revised smoking measures threaten smoky 2020 Olympics, critics say

TOKYO (Reuters) - Two Japanese doctors on Wednesday raised concerns about the government's latest effort to prevent second-hand smoking, saying it could lead to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo being held in an "extremely smoky environment".

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Japan's Fujifilm to take over Xerox in $6.1 billion deal, create joint venture

(Reuters) - Japan's Fujifilm Holdings is set to take over Xerox Corp in a $6.1 billion deal, combining the U.S. company into their existing joint venture to gain scale and cut costs amid declining demand for office printing.

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SoftBank Group to take majority stake in Line's mobile unit

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Line Corp said on Wednesday that it had entered an agreement with SoftBank Group Corp to give the telecoms and technology firm a majority stake in Line's mobile unit.

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Fujifilm to take over Xerox, combined into joint venture

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Fujifilm Holdings is set to take over Xerox Corp, and combine the U.S. company into their joint venture Fuji Xerox in an effort to cut costs, the companies said on Wednesday.

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Canon sees 2018 profit jumping to decade high on cost cuts, medical unit

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Canon Inc said it expects operating profit to surge in 2018 to its highest level in a decade, helped by cost cuts in its copier and printer business as well as growth in new fields such as medical equipment and surveillance cameras.

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Apple supplier Murata says iPhone X output target cuts overstated in report

TOKYO, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Japan's Murata Manufacturing Co , which supplies components for the iPhone X, has not seen its orders drop commensurately with the sharp fall in the iPhone X production target stated in a report, a senior Murata executive said.

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Japan's Renesas dismisses report on talks to buy Maxim

TOKYO (Reuters) - Renesas Electronics Corp dismissed a media report that said the Japanese automotive chip maker was in talks to acquire U.S. chipmaker Maxim Integrated Products Inc.

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UPDATE 2-Japan's Renesas dismisses report on talks to buy Maxim

* Renesas says no truth to report regarding talks to buy Maxim

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Japan's Aso tells cryptocurrency exchanges to strengthen controls after $530 million theft

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday that management systems at cryptocurrency exchanges needed to be strengthened after hackers stole $530 million of digital money from Tokyo-based Coincheck.

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Japan's Nomura bolsters its U.S. investment banking team

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nomura Holdings Inc has beefed up its U.S. investment banking team as the brokerage and investment banking group looks to grab a bigger share of fees in the world's biggest economy.

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Japan's Renesas in talks to buy U.S. chipmaker Maxim: CNBC

(Reuters) - Japanese chip company Renesas Electronics Corp  is in talks to acquire U.S. chipmaker Maxim Integrated Products Inc in a deal that could be valued up to $20 billion, CNBC reported on Monday.

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Takeda's Zika vaccine gets U.S. FDA's 'fast track' status

(Reuters) - Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had granted 'fast track' status to its vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which erupted as a major public hazard in Brazil three years ago.

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Japan's cryptocurrency girl band stays loyal to virtual money after cyber heist

TOKYO (Reuters) - Members of a Japanese girl pop group, the Virtual Currency Girls, said on Monday they had refused an offer to be paid in yen and would stay loyal to cryptocurrencies despite a $530 million cyber heist jeopardizing their chances of getting paid.

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Japan punishes Coincheck after $530 million cryptocurrency theft

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's financial regulator on Monday ordered Coincheck to get its act together after hackers stole $530 million worth of digital money from its exchange, jolting the nation's cryptocurrency market in one of the biggest cyber heists.

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Nikkei rises led by chip-related firms, insurers

TOKYO, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Monday morning following a U.S. market rally, with chip-related stocks and insurance firms leading gains.

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UPDATE 1-Japan's Rakuten says may buy Asahi Fire & Marine Insurance

* Rakuten to buy Asahi Fire and Marine for $370-$400 mln -Nikkei

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Japan's Rakuten says studying purchase of Asahi Fire & Marine Insurance

TOKYO, Jan 29 (Reuters) - E-commerce company Rakuten Inc said on Monday it is considering the acquisition of Asahi Fire & Marine Insurance Co Ltd.

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Japan wary of U.S. push for fewer curbs on beef, auto shipments: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government has expressed reluctance to meet U.S. demands for fewer restrictions on shipments of beef and cars into the Asian nation during preparations for an economic dialogue between the two countries, sources said.

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Nikkei ends lower in choppy trade; mining, financials lead falls

TOKYO, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average ended lower in choppy trade on Friday as investors locked in profits ahead of the weekend, while mining shares and financial firms underperformed the market.

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Fujitsu in talks to sell mobile phone unit, highlighting fading Japanese presence

(Reuters) - Japan's Fujitsu Ltd said on Friday it was in talks about selling its mobile phone business to investment fund Polaris Capital Group, becoming the latest Japanese electronics maker to withdraw from the sector.

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Fujitsu in talks to sell mobile phone unit to Japanese investment fund

(Reuters) - Japan's Fujitsu Ltd said on Friday it was in talks about selling its mobile phone business to investment fund Polaris Capital Group, a deal that local media reported could fetch up to around 50 billion yen ($456 million).

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Nikkei edges up after U.S. stocks rise; Fujitsu surges

TOKYO, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Friday morning, with exporters supported by both the dollar regaining strength and a rise in U.S. stocks overnight, while Fujitsu soared after revealing talks to sell its mobile phone business.

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Nikkei drops as strong yen hurts exporters, miners outperform

TOKYO, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped to a near two-week low on Thursday as a stronger yen hurt exporters, although firmer oil prices pulled up oil and mining stocks.

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CORRECTED-Nikkei drops after strong yen hurts exporters, mining firms soar

TOKYO, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped to a 10-day low on Thursday morning as a stronger yen hurt exporters, although oil and mining stocks bucked the weakness, supported by firmer oil prices.

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Nikkei drops after strong yen hurts exporters, mining firms soar

TOKYO, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped to a 10-day low on Thursday morning as a stronger yen hurt exporters, although oil and mining stocks bucked the weakness, supported by firmer oil prices.

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Japan PM Abe to attend Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he would attend the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea next month, after reports he would not attend due to a dispute over "comfort women" forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels.

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North Korean ship caught likely violating sanctions

Photographs taken by a Japanese spy plane show a North Korean tanker likely violating UN sanctions, Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

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SoftBank looks to raise more debt using ARM, Uber stakes: The Information

(Reuters) - Japan's SoftBank Group Corp is in talks with banks to raise as much as $5 billion in new debt by using its UK unit ARM Holdings as collateral, The Information website reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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SoftBank looks to raise more debt using ARM, Uber stakes - The Information

Jan 24 (Reuters) - Japan's SoftBank Group Corp is in talks with banks to raise as much as $5 billion in new debt by using its UK unit ARM Holdings as collateral, The Information website reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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REFILE-Nikkei takes breather after hitting 26-year high; exporters weak

TOKYO, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average took a breather on Wednesday morning after rising to a fresh 26-year high in the previous session, as weakness in exporters such as Murata and Fanuc offset gains in real estate stocks.

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Japan PM Abe says to attend Pyeongchang Olympics

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he would attend the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea next month, after reports he would not attend due to a dispute over "comfort women" forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels.

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Nikkei takes breather after hitting 26-year high; exporters weak

TOKYO, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average took a breather on Monday morning after rising to a fresh 26-year high in the previous session, as weakness in exporters such as Murata and Fanuc offset gains in real estate stocks.

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Japan's Abe: Want to convey stance on 'comfort women' accord to South Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he wanted to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to convey Japan's stance on the two countries' 2015 agreement on "comfort women", confirming his plans to attend the Pyeongchang Olympics next month.

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Japan's bitFlyer exchange says regulation no threat as it expands into Europe

LONDON (Reuters) - One of the world's biggest cryptocurrency exchanges said on Tuesday it did not fear a regulatory clampdown would squeeze the market, and instead was targeting millions of new customers in Europe with a fresh expansion.

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Global stocks scale record highs as U.S. government shutdown ends, yen turns down

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks advanced on Tuesday after U.S. senators struck a deal to end a government shutdown in a boost to Wall Street, while the dollar turned higher against the yen after Bank Of Japan's chief reiterated his support for quantitative easing.

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Japan's Nikkei rises to highest since November 1991

TOKYO, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average extended gains on Tuesday, rising to its highest level since November 1991.

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Nikkei gains, with real estate shares in spotlight

TOKYO, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average pushed higher on Tuesday, reaching for fresh multi-decade highs, with real estate and precision machinery shares gaining.

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Icahn, Deason join forces to demand Xerox explore options

(Reuters) - Hedge fund managers Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason joined forces on Monday to push Xerox Corp to explore strategic options, oust its "old guard", including its CEO, and negotiate better terms for its decades-long deal with Japan's Fujifilm.

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Nikkei edges up, helped by financials; adds 0.7 pct for the week

TOKYO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Friday with financial stocks leading the gains after U.S. yields rose, while GMO Internet soared after an activist fund called on the company to change its governance structure.

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Nikkei edges up helped by financials; GMO soars

TOKYO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Friday morning with financial stocks leading the gains after U.S. yields rose, while GMO Internet soared after an activist fund called on the company to abolish its takeover defences and reduce the power of its founder.

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Fleetwood, Tanihara lead in Abu Dhabi as McIlroy returns

(Reuters) - Defending champion Tommy Fleetwood and Japan's Hideto Tanihara took the first round lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Thursday, while Rory McIlroy returned to competitive golf for the first time since October.

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Nikkei ends lower after hitting new 26-year high

TOKYO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average ended lower on Thursday, pulling back from a new 26-year high as investors turned cautious, while real estate stocks and financial firms underperformed.

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Nikkei soars helped by exporters; drugmakers fall

TOKYO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average soared to a level not seen since November 1991 on Thursday morning after exporters such as electronics components manufacturers surged, tracking the strength on Wall Street overnight.

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UPDATE 2-Major shareholder demands Xerox disclose agreement with Fuji

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Major Xerox Corp shareholder Darwin Deason has urged the photocopier pioneer to make public its joint venture agreement with Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp , saying U.S. securities laws require it.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Major shareholder demands Xerox disclose JV agreement with Fuji

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Major Xerox Corp shareholder Darwin Deason has urged the photocopier pioneer to make public its joint venture agreement with Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp , saying U.S. securities laws require it should do so.

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CORRECTED-Major shareholder demands Xerox disclose JV agreement with Fuji

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Major Xerox Corp shareholder Darwin Deason has urged the photocopier pioneer to make public its joint venture agreement with Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp , saying U.S. securities laws require it should do so.

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Major shareholder demands Xerox disclose JV agreement with Fuji

(Reuters) - Major Xerox Corp shareholder Darwin Deason has urged the photocopier pioneer to make public its joint venture agreement with Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp , saying U.S. securities laws require it should do so.

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UPDATE 1-Mazda vows to stay independent despite deeper ties with Toyota

DETROIT, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Mazda Motor Corp on Wednesday said that while it is deepening its development and production partnership with Toyota Motor Corp , the small automaker would remain a company independent from its much bigger rival.

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Mazda vows to stay independent despite deeper ties with Toyota

DETROIT, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Mazda Motor Corp on Wednesday said that while it is deepening its development and production partnership with Toyota Motor Corp , the small automaker would remain a company independent from its much bigger rival.

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Karlovic becomes oldest man in third round for 40 years

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Croatia's Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to reach the third round of the Australian Open for 40 years when he edged Japan's Yuichi Sugita in five sets in searing heat on Wednesday.

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Tennis: Karlovic becomes oldest man in third round for 40 years

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Croatia's Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to reach the third round of the Australian Open for 40 years when he edged Japan's Yuichi Sugita in five sets in withering heat on Wednesday.

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Nikkei falls as mining, oil stocks slip, bitcoin-related shares tumble

TOKYO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Wednesday as mining, oil and shipping stocks lost ground, while bitcoin-related stocks tumbled after the cryptocurrency's value extended its sharp decline on worries over tighter regulation.

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Inside Japan's 'genderless' subculture

In the narrow alleys of Tokyo's ultra-trendy Harajuku district, a growing number of Japanese men who self-identify as "genderless" are boldly broadening their sartorial and cosmetic choices. With faces expertly made up, hair dyed and stylishly coifed, eyebrows plucked and painted, they sashay from one indie boutique to the next.

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Japan central bank to keep policy on hold, offer upbeat inflation view

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's central bank is set to maintain upbeat price forecasts next week and paint a slightly better picture of the economy than it did three months ago, signaling its conviction the country is making slow but steady progress in eradicating deflation.

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Nikkei drops; mining, oil and shipping stocks lose ground, Bitcoin shares tumble

TOKYO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Wednesday morning as mining, oil and shipping stocks lost ground, while Bitcoin-related stocks tumbled after the cryptocurrency's value slid on worries about tighter regulations.

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Exclusive: Mexico's Pemex chose Japan's Mitsui to complete Tula coking plant - sources

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican state oil company Pemex [PEMX.UL] has chosen Japanese conglomerate Mitsui as its partner for a $2.6 billion coking plant project at its Tula refinery in a preliminary deal, two sources told Reuters this week.

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Nikkei hits highest level since 1991 as dollar weakening stops

TOKYO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to its highest level since late 1991 on Tuesday, as a firmer dollar supported exporter stocks and expectations for strong corporate earnings bolstered investor sentiment.

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Nikkei ekes out gains, strong earnings expectations provide support

TOKYO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average eked out gains on Tuesday, with expectations for strong corporate earnings underpinning sentiment.

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Auto1 says no need for IPO after Softbank invests

BERLIN (Reuters) - German used-car dealing platform Auto1 said a 460 million euro ($561 million) financial infusion from Japan's Softbank meant it was under no pressure to launch an initial public offering to fund its pan-European growth plans.

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Nikkei rises but weaker dollar caps gains, SoftBank climbs

TOKYO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average tracked a rise in global equities and advanced on Monday, although the dollar's weakening against the yen capped gains.

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Nikkei tracks global equity surge, but weak dollar caps gains

TOKYO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average tracked a rise in global equities and advanced on Monday, although the dollar's weakening against the yen capped gains.

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Softbank plans $18 billion IPO of mobile phone unit as soon as spring: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to list its core mobile-phone unit in Tokyo and overseas as early as this spring, raising some 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) in one of Japan's biggest initial public offerings, the Nikkei newspaper said on Monday.

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Softbank invests 460 million euros in Germany's Auto1: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - Japan's Softbank will invest 460 million euros ($561 million) in used-car dealing platform Auto1, marking the first investment in Germany by its Vision Fund, according to sources familiar with the matter.