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Japan's Yamato plans to open labor-saving facility next year

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's largest package delivery company, Yamato Transport Co, is considering plans to open a new distribution facility with labor-saving technology near Tokyo early next year, its chief executive said on Friday.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares slip, US tax reform woes dent sentiment

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Asian shares erased earlier modest gains on Friday with sentiment dented by Wall Street's weakness on concerns about the progress of U.S. tax reform, though regional stocks remain on track for a weekly rise.

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Nikkei falls hit by telecom stocks, posts 1.1 pct weekly drop

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks fell to their lowest in more than a week on Friday, with mobile firms extending a sell-off on concerns of increased competition after e-commerce group Rakuten said it aims to become the country's fourth wireless carrier.

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Asian shares slip, U.S. tax reform woes dent sentiment

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares erased earlier modest gains on Friday but were still on track for a weekly rise, as sentiment was hurt by Wall Street's weakness on concerns about the progress of U.S. tax reform.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares slip, U.S. tax reform woes dent sentiment

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Asian shares erased earlier modest gains on Friday but were still on track for a weekly rise, as sentiment was hurt by Wall Street's weakness on concerns about the progress of U.S. tax reform.

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Nikkei falls to more than 1-week low; telecom stocks extend slide

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks fell to more than a week low on Friday morning, with mobile firms extending a sell-off on concerns of increased competition after Rakuten said it aims to become Japan's fourth wireless carrier.

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Asian shares edge up, on track for weekly gain

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares edged higher on Friday, on track for weekly gains, though sentiment was kept in check by Wall Street's weakness on concerns about the progress of U.S. tax reform.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares edge up, on track for weekly gain

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Asian shares edged higher on Friday, on track for weekly gains, though sentiment was kept in check by Wall Street's weakness on concerns about the progress of U.S. tax reform.

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U.N. chief presses for release of arrested Reuters journalists in Myanmar

TOKYO/YANGON (Reuters) - The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday.

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U.N. chief says arrest of Reuters journalists shows erosion of press freedom in Myanmar

TOKYO (Reuters) - The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday.

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Asia stocks slightly up after Fed move; dollar, U.S. yields sag

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks generally rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike, while its caution on inflation tempered expectations for 2018 tightening, weighing on the dollar and Treasury yields.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks slightly up after Fed move; dollar, US yields sag

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Asian stocks generally rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike, while its caution on inflation tempered expectations for 2018 tightening, weighing on the dollar and Treasury yields.

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Nikkei slips, telecom shares slump on Rakuten market entry plan

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average slipped on Thursday, as banks and insurer shares weakened in line with lower interest rates while telecommunications shares withered on news that online retailer Rakuten plans to enter the mobile carrier market.

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U.N.'s Guterres warns against 'sleepwalking' into war over North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, warning against the danger of "sleepwalking" into war, said on Thursday that Security Council resolutions on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs must be fully implemented by Pyongyang and other countries.

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U.N. resolutions on North Korea must be fully implemented: Guterres

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding North Korea's nuclear and missile programs must be fully implemented by Pyongyang and other countries.

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In major shift, Rakuten plots to become Japan's No. 4 wireless carrier

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten Inc said it would apply for a 4G mobile license, aiming to become the country's fourth major wireless carrier in a strategic shift that had analysts warning of an uphill battle to gain customers.

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Rakuten seeks license to become Japan's fourth major mobile carrier

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc said on Thursday it will apply for a fourth generation mobile carrier license, a move that if successful would see it become the country's fourth major wireless carrier.

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Nikkei edges down, telecom shares slump as Rakuten mulls market entry

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average erased earlier modest gains on Thursday to edge down, while telecommunications shares withered on news that online retailer Rakuten is weighing entry into the mobile carrier market.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks edge higher after Fed meeting; dollar, US yields sag

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike but flagged caution about inflation, tempering expectations for future tightening, which weighed on the dollar and Treasury yields.

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Asia stocks edge higher after Fed meeting; dollar, U.S. yields sag

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike but flagged caution about inflation, tempering expectations for future tightening, which weighed on the dollar and Treasury yields.

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Rakuten eying entry into Japan's mobile carrier market: source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc plans to join a government auction for wireless spectrum to be held in January, potentially becoming the country's fourth major wireless carrier, a source briefed on the matter said on Thursday.

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Rakuten eyeing entry into Japan's mobile carrier market: source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc plans to join a government auction for wireless spectrum to be held in January, potentially becoming the country's fourth major wireless carrier, a source briefed on the matter said on Thursday.

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Asian shares up, dollar dips as Republicans lose Alabama Senate race

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures, Treasury yields and the dollar dipped on Wednesday as Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama, while Asian shares gained as crude oil futures took back some lost ground.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares up, dollar dips as Republicans lose Alabama Senate race

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures, Treasury yields and the dollar dipped on Wednesday as Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama, while Asian shares gained as crude oil futures took back some lost ground.

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Toyota, Panasonic consider joint development of EV batteries

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic Corp said on Wednesday they are considering jointly developing batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), a partnership that could help Panasonic extend its market lead in automotive lithium-ion batteries.

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RPT-Toyota and Panasonic eye joint development of new EV batteries

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Japan's Panasonic Corp and Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday they will consider jointly developing batteries for electric vehicles.

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Nikkei dented by weaker tech shares; Shikoku Electric stumbles

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average ended lower on Wednesday after tech stocks lost ground as they tracked their weaker U.S. counterparts, while Shikoku Electric slumped after a court ruled against the restart of one of its nuclear reactors.

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Oil prices recover on big U.S. crude stock drawdown, pipeline shutdown supports

TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Wednesday as industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles, while expectations for an extended shutdown of a major North Sea crude pipeline also continued to bolster markets.

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Asian shares up, dollar dips as Democrat wins Alabama Senate race

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures, Treasury yields and the dollar fell on Wednesday as Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama, while Asian shares edged up as crude oil futures took back lost ground.

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Window falls from U.S. Marines helicopter onto school grounds in Japan's Okinawa

TOKYO (Reuters) - A window fell from a U.S. helicopter onto a school sports field near a U.S. Marines air base on Okinawa on Wednesday, the Marines said, the latest in a series of accidents that have fanned safety concerns on Japan's southern island.

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S&P futures extend losses as Democrat tipped to win Alabama race

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - U.S. S&P futures extended earlier losses on Wednesday, as Democrat Doug Jones took a slight lead over Republican Roy Moore with about 86 percent of the vote counted in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

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Oil recovers on big U.S. crude stock drawdown

TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices rose in early Asian trade on Wednesday as industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles.

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Toyota, Panasonic to hold news conference at 1.30 a.m. ET

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic Corp on Wednesday said they would hold a joint news conference in Tokyo at 3:30 pm (0630 GMT).

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Toyota, Panasonic to hold news conference at 0630 GMT

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic Corp on Wednesday said they would hold a joint news conference in Tokyo at 3:30 pm (0630 GMT).

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Nikkei edges lower as weaker tech shares offset boost from financials

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged lower on Wednesday morning after tech stocks lost ground as they tracked their weaker U.S. counterparts, offsetting gains in the financial space.

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Asian shares flat, Fed hike expectations underpin dollar

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares were treading water in early trade on Wednesday as crude oil futures steadied after a selloff, while a widely expected interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve underpinned the dollar.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares flat, Fed hike expectations underpin dollar

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Asian shares were treading water in early trade on Wednesday as crude oil futures steadied after a selloff, while a widely expected interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve underpinned the dollar.

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Japan's Constitutional Democrats: a little party with big ambition

TOKYO (Reuters) - The leader of the small Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, which out-performed expectations in an October vote, now hopes that by offering clear policy alternatives he can oust Prime Minister Shinto Abe's coalition in the next election.

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Japan air force drills with U.S. bombers, stealth fighters near Korean peninsula

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese F-15 fighters on Tuesday held drills with U.S. B1-B bombers, F-35 stealth aircraft and F-18 multirole combat jets

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Japanese stocks slip before Fed; but miners, shippers rise

TOKYO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei slipped on Tuesday, reversing earlier gains as investors turned cautious ahead of this week's U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting.

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Japan says its CO2 emissions inched to 6-year low in last financial year

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's greenhouse gas emissions fell 0.2 percent to a six-year low in the financial year that ended last March, government figures showed on Tuesday, amid growing use of renewable energy and the gradual return of nuclear power.

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U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea in 1965 dies aged 77

TOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan aged 77.

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Japanese stocks post modest gains helped by financials, shippers

TOKYO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks edged up on Tuesday morning in choppy trade supported by gains in financial stocks, mining shares and shippers, with investors on tenterhooks ahead of this week's U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting.

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Japan's SMBC Nikko poised to poach bankers in push for U.S. growth

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc's brokerage unit is ready to poach bankers to expand its U.S. investment banking arm and could even buy small firms if the right target comes up, its chief executive said.

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ITU launches mixed relay triathlon series ahead of Olympics

(Reuters) - The International Triathlon Union (ITU) launched a mixed relay series on Monday to give athletes more ways to earn qualification points for the mixed relay at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and broaden the sport's appeal.

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Exclusive: Hong Kong fund tells Toshiba that chip unit sale to Bain group not necessary

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Hong Kong-based activist investor in Toshiba Corp has told the embattled conglomerate that the $18 billion sale of its chip unit to a Bain Capital-led group is no longer necessary after its recent capital injection, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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Russian military chief criticizes U.S., Japan and South Korea drills

TOKYO (Reuters) - Russia's military chief warned on Monday that military exercises by Japan, the United States and South Korea aimed at countering North Korea only raise hysteria and create more instability in the region.

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Hong Kong activist fund tells Toshiba chip unit sale to Bain group not necessary

TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A Hong Kong-based activist investor in Toshiba Corp has told the embattled conglomerate that the $18 billion sale of its chip unit sale to a Bain Capital-led group is no longer necessary after its recent capital injection, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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Japan sees 60 pct chance of La Nina weather pattern lasting until May

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's weather bureau said on Monday that a La Nina weather pattern has emerged, with a 60 percent chance of it lasting though to the end of spring in May.

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Nikkei rises to close at 25-year high, construction companies fall

TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks hit a fresh 25-year high on Monday in choppy trade as gains in financial shares and large cap stocks offset falls in real estate and construction companies, with Obayashi Corp diving more than 7 percent.

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Japanese police refer former champion Harumafuji to prosecutors

TOKYO (Reuters) - Police on Monday referred former sumo grand champion Harumafuji to prosecutors on suspicion of bodily injury to a junior wrestler, Japanese media reported, the latest development in an incident that has tainted the image of the national sport.

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Nikkei flat as real estate, construction stocks weigh

TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks struggled for traction on Monday as gains in financial shares were offset by drops in real estate and construction companies, with Obayashi Corp diving more than 8 percent.

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Japan, U.S., South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills this week, Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force said on Sunday, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea's fast-developing weapons programs.

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Soccer: Japanese and North Korean fans brush off 'irrelevant' politics

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and North Korea met on Saturday in what had the potential to be a tumultuous soccer match but spectators largely shrugged off the tensions between the two countries and focused on supporting their teams.

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Japan arrests North Korean crew amid mystery boat arrivals

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police arrested three crew of a North Korean boat on Saturday for stealing a generator from a hut on an uninhabited island, public broadcaster NHK said, the latest drama amid increasing arrivals of North Korean fishing boats off Japan.

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After dramatic gains, bitcoin tumbles 20 percent in 10 hours

LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin lost almost a fifth of its value in 10 hours on Friday, having surged more than 40 percent in the preceding 48 hours, sparking fears the market may be heading for a price collapse.

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Japan to acquire air-launched missiles able to strike North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is to acquire medium-range, air-launched cruise missiles, capable of striking North Korea, a controversial purchase of what will become the longest-range munitions of a country that has renounced the right to wage war.

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Toshiba, Western Digital aiming to settle chip dispute next week: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp and Western Digital Corp have agreed in principle to settle a dispute over the Japanese firm's plans to sell its $18 billion chip unit and aim to have a final agreement in place next week, sources familiar with the matter said.

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Kobe Steel's copper plant loses JIS certification - government

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) certification for copper and copper alloy seamless pipes produced by Kobe Steel Ltd's unit Shinko Metal Products has been suspended, the nation's trade ministry said on Friday.

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Nikkei rises helped by gains in real estate, chip-related cos; Nikkei flat on week

TOKYO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose on Friday on gains for most sectors after Wall Street climbed overnight, while Japan Display jumped on hopes that Apple may use liquid crystal technology on one of its new smartphones.

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Japanese priestess stabbed to death at shrine in apparent family feud

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Shinto priestess was killed on the grounds of a famous Tokyo shrine by a man wielding a traditional Japanese sword who then killed another woman before committing suicide, police said on Friday, in what local media described as an apparent family feud.

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Bitcoin plummets more than 12 percent to below $15,000

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin tumbled more than 12 percent in volatile Asian trading on Friday, dropping below the $15,000 level after touching a record high above $16,000 earlier in the session.

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Toshiba, Western Digital agree in principle to settle chip dispute: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp and business partner Western Digital Corp have agreed in principle to settle a dispute over the embattled Japanese conglomerate's plans to sell its $18 billion chip unit, sources with direct knowledge of the talks said.

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Toshiba, Western Digital agree in principle to settle chip dispute -sources

TOKYO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp and business partner Western Digital Corp have agreed in principle to settle a dispute over the embattled Japanese conglomerate's plans to sell its $18 billion chip unit, sources with direct knowledge of the talks said.

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Japan's Oxford-educated crown prince to bring global view to Chrysanthemum Throne

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Oxford-educated crown prince, Naruhito, looks set to bring a more global outlook to the ancient imperial institution while carrying on Emperor Akihito's legacy of promoting peace and reconciliation with Asia when he ascends the throne in 2019.

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Soccer: Born in Japan, playing for North Korea under shadow of missile crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) - Born and raised in Japan, three North Korean soccer players are expecting to face boos from the home crowd in a match that comes less than two weeks after the latest North Korean test missile splashed into the Sea of Japan.

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Nikkei rises, real estate and chip-related firms lead; JDI soars

TOKYO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose on Friday morning on gains for most sectors after Wall Street climbed overnight, while Japan Display jumped on hopes that Apple may use liquid crystal technology on one of its new smartphones.

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December Nikkei futures and options seen settling at 22,590.66 - sources

TOKYO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Nikkei futures and options contracts expiring in December were forecast to settle at 22,590.66, market participants said on Friday, citing estimates by brokerages.

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REFILE-UPDATE 2-Norway wealth fund in first Asia property deal with Tokyo acquisition

OSLO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund has made its first real estate investment in Asia by acquiring a 70 percent stake in five properties in Tokyo and hopes to do more property deals in the Japanese capital, it said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Norway wealth fund makes first Asia property deal with Tokyo acquisition

OSLO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Norway's $1-trillion sovereign wealth fund has made its first real estate investment in Asia by acquiring a 70-percent stake in five properties in Tokyo, it said on Friday.

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Norway wealth fund makes first Asia property deal with Tokyo acquisition

OSLO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund has made its first real estate investment in Asia by acquiring a 70-percent stake in five properties in Tokyo, it said on Friday.

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Some Japanese aluminium buyers agree Q1 premium at $103/T, up 8-10 pct from Q4 -sources

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Some Japanese aluminium buyers have agreed to pay some global producers a premium of $103 per tonne for shipments in the January to March quarter, reflecting higher spot premiums, two sources directly involved in the pricing talks said on Thursday.

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Asia shares creep above 2-month lows, but growth, U.S. policy risks weigh

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares hovered above two-month lows on Thursday as some high-tech bellwethers bounced back after a searing sell-off although softer oil and copper prices and uncertainty over U.S. policy kept many investors cautious.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares creep above 2-mth lows, but growth, US policy risks weigh

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Asian shares hovered above two-month lows on Thursday as some high-tech bellwethers bounced back after a searing sell-off although softer oil and copper prices and uncertainty over U.S. policy kept many investors cautious.

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Nikkei rebounds on bargain-hunting, mining sector remains weak

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average ended higher on Thursday, taking back some ground lost in the previous session as investors snapped up bargains after the benchmark index skidded its most in 8-1/2 months The Nikkei finished up 1.45 percent, or 320.99 points, at 22,498.03, following its biggest fall since March the previous day, when it broke key technical support at its 25-day moving average.

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Sharp to seek all-Japan OLED alliance to counter South Korea's Samsung, LG

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sharp Corp will ask the government to help it form an alliance with rival Japan Display Inc in OLED technology to better compete with South Korean makers, its chief executive said on Thursday.

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Emperor Hirohito's memoir bought by Japan surgeon criticized for praising Nazis

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese cosmetic surgeon criticized for praising Nazis and playing down Japan's wartime atrocities won an auction for a memoir by Emperor Hirohito that chronicles the nation's...

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Asia shares hover near 2-month low as growth, U.S. policy risks weigh

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares hovered near two-month lows on Thursday as softer oil and copper prices and uncertainty over U.S. policy kept many investors on the sidelines, even as some high-tech bellwethers bounced back after a searing sell-off.

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Nikkei rebounds on bargain-hunting, but mining sector weak

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday, taking back some ground lost in the previous session as investors sought bargains after the benchmark index skidded its most in 8-1/2 months The Nikkei ended morning trade up 1.27 percent, or 280.70 points, at 22,457.74, following its biggest fall since March the previous day, after it broke key technical support at its 25-day moving average.

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Asia shares hover near two-month low as growth, U.S. policy risks sap sentiment

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares held close to a two-month low on Thursday as softer oil and copper as well as U.S. policy uncertainty kept sentiment in check, while high-tech stocks struggled to recover after a searing sell-off.

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Bain gets almost 90 pct of Japan's Asatsu-DK in tender offer -Nikkei

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital has garnered nearly 90 percent of Japanese advertising agency Asatsu-DK Inc's (ADK) shares in a tender offer that closed on Wednesday, the Nikkei business daily reported.

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Bitcoin rises above $14,000 on Bitstamp to record high

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin soared to a record high of $14,047.40 on Thursday, continuing its surge from below $1,000 at the beginning of the year.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares hover near 2-mth low as growth, US policy risks sap sentiment

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Asian shares held close to a two-month low on Thursday as softer oil and copper as well as U.S. policy uncertainty kept sentiment in check, while high-tech stocks struggled to recover after a searing sell-off.

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Bitcoin zooms above $13,000 to record high on relentless demand

TOKYO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin extended its rally on Wednesday, breaking above $13,000 to a record high despite questions about the cryptocurrency's real value and worries about a dangerous bubble.

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North Korea boats off Japan spark spy scare; but some suspect just luckless fishermen

TOKYO (Reuters) - An increasing number of fishing boats from North Korea has been appearing off Japan - some in distress, some abandoned and some with dead bodies on board - raising fears about infiltration by spies as tension with North Korea surges.

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Asia stocks hit 2-month low as risk sentiment sours broadly

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks slipped across the board on Wednesday as various factors including weaker metals prices and monetary policy concerns in China soured investor risk sentiment.

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Japan's Nikkei posts biggest fall since late March

TOKYO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell 2 percent on Wednesday, its biggest percentage drop since late March, with selling accelerating after a break of a key technical support level from its 25-day moving average.

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Bitcoin surges above $12,000 to record high on relentless demand

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin extended its eye-popping rally on Wednesday, breaking above $12,000 to a record high despite questions about the cryptocurrency's real value and worries about a dangerous bubble.

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Bitcoin extends gains, rises above $12,000 to record high

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin retained its overnight momentum and rose to a record high of $12,205.46 on Wednesday, continuing its rally from below $1,000 at the year's start.

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Asia stocks stumble on Wall Street losses, dollar sags

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks slipped on Wednesday, dragged by losses on Wall Street as the technology sector stuttered yet again after a brief rebound, while the dollar sagged on lower long-term U.S. yields.

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Nikkei slips below 25-day average, materials sag

TOKYO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Wednesday, falling below its 25-day moving average almost for the first time since September, as materials, shippers and other cyclical shares came under pressure.

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Asia stocks pressured by Wall Street losses, dollar sags

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks slipped on Wednesday, pressured by losses on Wall Street as the technology sector stuttered yet again after a brief rebound, while the dollar sagged on lower long-term U.S. yields.

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Asian dolphins a step closer to extinction: group

TOKYO (Reuters) - The International Union for Conservation of Nature said on Tuesday it had changed the status of the Irrawaddy dolphin and finless porpoise, both living in Asian waters, to "endangered" from "vulnerable", meaning they are closer to extinction.

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Japan Display affiliate becomes nation's first to commercially sell OLED screens

TOKYO (Reuters) - An affiliate of Japan Display Inc sold its inaugural batch of OLED screens on Tuesday, becoming the first Japanese company to commercialize an advanced technology that is currently dominated by South Korean rivals.

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Asian shares down as tech blues offset U.S. tax cut optimism

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares dipped slightly on Tuesday as investors' rotation out of technology shares took a toll on some of the region's tech heavyweights although hopes of a major tax cut in the United States underpinned risk sentiment.

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Nikkei slips as tech shares follow U.S. counterparts down

TOKYO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Tuesday with semiconductor equipment manufacturers' stocks hit by weakness in U.S. tech shares overnight, undercutting gains for banks and brokerages.

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Japan wants missiles with enough range to strike North Korea-sources

TOKYO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Japan is preparing to acquire precision air-launched missiles that for the first time would give it the capability to strike North Korean missile sites, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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Nissan, DeNA schedule public tests of self-driving car service in Japan next year

TOKYO (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co and Japanese gaming software maker DeNA Co said on Tuesday they would begin public tests of their self-driving ride-sharing service in Japan next year.

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Asian shares muted as tech blues offset U.S. tax cut optimism

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares were subdued on Tuesday as investors' rotation out of technology shares took a toll on some of the region's tech heavyweights although hopes of a major tax cut in the United States underpinned risk sentiment.

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Nikkei falls hit by tech shares, offsets gains in financials

TOKYO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Tuesday morning with semiconductor equipment manufacturers' stocks hit by weakness in U.S. tech shares overnight, undercutting gains in financial stocks as banks and brokers.