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Japan criticizes U.S. for military flights over school in Okinawa

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan criticized the U.S. military on Friday for breaking a pledge to avoid flying helicopters over a school next to its base in Okinawa, a rare flash of discord with Tokyo's main ally.

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France to launch international group targeting toxic gas attacks

UNITED NATIONS/PARIS (Reuters) - France has asked some 30 countries to work together to preserve evidence of chemical weapons attacks and impose sanctions on those responsible after Russia ended an international inquiry into who is to blame for using toxic gas in Syria.

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Triathlon: ITU launches investigation into Schoeman allegations

(Reuters) - The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has launched an investigation into allegations that Olympic bronze medalist Henri Schoeman of South Africa failed a doping test at the Rio Games in 2016, the ruling body said in a statement on Thursday.

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U.S. tests nuclear power system to sustain astronauts on Mars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear power system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface of Mars have been successful and a full-power run is scheduled for March, officials said on Thursday.

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Spotify launches visual content in multimedia push ahead of IPO

(Reuters) - Music streaming company Spotify launched a feature that will allow listeners to see stories, news and other content through photos, videos and text, the company said on Thursday, expanding beyond music ahead of taking itself public.

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Ex-Bank of America executive Malik to launch fund advisory firm

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Omeed Malik, a former Bank of America Merrill Lynch executive, is preparing to launch an advisory firm for hedge funds and other so-called alternative investment managers,...

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Eni launches world's biggest industrial supercomputer

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian oil and gas group Eni said on Thursday it had installed new capacity at its supercomputing centre near Milan to create the world's most powerful industrial computer.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. hospital systems team up to launch generic drugmaker

NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A group of four hospital systems plans to launch a not-for-profit generic drugmaker aimed at combating shortages and high costs of some generic drugs, which they blame on unscrupulous drug companies that hike prices.

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Oil specialist Westbeck to launch electric vehicle hedge fund

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil-focused hedge fund firm Westbeck Capital will enter new territory next month with an equities fund designed to tap into growing excitement over electric vehicles, according to...

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Mercedes to launch 2018 F1 car on same day as Ferrari

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One champions Mercedes will launch their new car on the same day as rivals Ferrari ahead of pre-season testing next month.

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Exclusive: Japan in driver's seat for Indian bullet train deals

NEW DELHI/TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese steel and engineering companies are in the driver's seat to bag major supply contracts for a $17 billion Indian bullet train, several sources said, undermining a key component of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic policy - a push to 'Make in India'.

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BRIEF-Frontier Communications Launches Amendments To Credit Agreements With JPMorgan Chase‍​

* FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS CORP - ON JAN 17, CO LAUNCHED AMENDMENTS TO CREDIT AGREEMENTS WITH JPMORGAN CHASE BANK N.A., AND COBANK ACB‍​

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North Korea to send cheerleaders to Olympics but Japan sees little to applaud

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a 230-strong cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, Seoul said on Wednesday after both sides held talks amid a thaw in inter-Korean ties and as Japan urged caution over the North's "charm offensive".

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North Korea to send cheerleaders to Olympics but Japan sees little to celebrate

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a 230-strong cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, Seoul said on Wednesday after both sides held talks amid a thaw in inter-Korean ties and as Japan urged caution over the North's "charm offensive".

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Japan government tells public broadcaster not to repeat false missile alert

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese government called on public broadcaster NHK on Wednesday to make sure a false alarm warning of a North Korean missile launch will not be repeated, with tensions still high because of the North's missile and nuclear programs.

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Wal-Mart launches program to safely dispose of unused opioids

NEW YORK, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Wednesday said it will provide customers filling prescriptions for opioids with a packet of powder that will help them dispose of leftover medication in order to help curb misuse and abuse.

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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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BRIEF-‍Aerojet Rocketdyne Rs-25 Test Advances Exploration Efforts​

* ‍AEROJET ROCKETDYNE RS-25 TEST ADVANCES EXPLORATION EFFORTS​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Boeing, Adient Launch New Company To Design And Build Airplane Seats

* BOEING, ADIENT LAUNCH NEW COMPANY TO DESIGN AND BUILD AIRPLANE SEATS

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Cloud Peak to export U.S. coal to new power plants in Japan

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. miner Cloud Peak Energy said on Tuesday it will export coal from a Montana mine for 30 to 40 months to two new power plants in Japan with shipments that could start late next year.

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BRIEF-Tang Capital Partners Reports 8.1 Pct Passive Stake In Rocket Pharmaceuticals - SEC Filing

* TANG CAPITAL PARTNERS REPORTS 8.1 PCT PASSIVE STAKE IN ROCKET PHARMACEUTICALS INC AS OF JAN 4 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2ra05Is) Further company coverage:

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NYSE to launch new NYSE National exchange in second quarter

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Stock Exchange parent Intercontinental Exchange Inc (ICE) plans to launch its fourth U.S. stock market, NYSE National, in the second quarter, according to a recent regulatory filing.

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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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French startup launches hydrogen-powered bicyles

PARIS (Reuters) - A French start-up has become the first company to start factory production of hydrogen-powered bicycles for use in corporate or municipal fleets.

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Japan issues false alarm over missile launch, days after Hawaii alert gaffe

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm on Tuesday saying North Korea appeared to have launched a missile and urging people to take shelter, but it managed to correct the error within minutes.

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Days After Hawaii’s False Missile Alarm, a New One in Japan

NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, accidentally sent news alerts that North Korea had launched a missile, before quickly correcting the error.

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Maersk, IBM to launch blockchain-based platform for global trade

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The world's largest container shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk is teaming up with IBM to create an industry-wide trading platform it says can speed up trade and save billions of dollars.

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Days after Hawaii alert gaffe, Japan issues false alarm about a missile launch

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch on Tuesday, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii, but it managed to correct the error within minutes.

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Japanese broadcaster sends false N. Korea missile alert

Japanese national broadcaster NHK issued an on-air apology Tuesday after issuing an alert incorrectly claiming that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile.

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Now Japanese TV issues false alarm about a missile launch

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch on Tuesday, but it corrected the error within minutes, messages on the NHK website showed.

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Japan sees little chance of oil slick from sunk tanker reaching its coast

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan sees little chance of the oil spill from a stricken Iranian tanker that sank on Sunday in the East China Sea reaching its shores, an official at the nation's environment ministry said on Tuesday.

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Japan investigates how to evacuate citizens from South Korea in crisis: report

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is examining how to evacuate its roughly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis that closes airports, with military ships being used as shuttles, a Japanese newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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BlackBerry launches cybersecurity software for self-driving cars

(Reuters) - Canadian software maker BlackBerry Ltd on Monday launched a new cybersecurity software, which identifies vulnerabilities in programs used in self-driving cars.

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Google to relaunch map service in China: Nikkei

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will relaunch its map service in China after an eight-year absence, Nikkei reported on Monday.

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Google to relaunch map service in China -Nikkei

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will relaunch its map service in China after an eight-year absence, Nikkei reported on Monday.

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The many careers Oprah helped launch

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UK parliamentary committee launches inquiry after Carillion collapse

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - A British parliamentary committee said on Monday it would hold an inquiry into government sourcing practices following the collapse of contractor Carillion.

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Chinese 'rainbow dinosaur' had iridescent feathers like hummingbirds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There's not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There's an iridescent dinosaur.

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Sumo: Japan top referee to resign over kissing, touching junior ref: Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sumo's top-ranked referee will resign over an incident in which he kissed and touched a teenage referee while drunk, Japanese media reported, the latest scandal to hit the country's ancient national sport.

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SoftBank considers IPO for Japan wireless unit, said to seek $18 billion

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp said on Monday it was considering listing its Japanese wireless business, seeking to raise a reported $18 billion in a move that would accelerate the conglomerate's transformation into one of the world's biggest tech investors.

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BRIEF-‍Telix Pharmaceuticals establishes Japanese subsidiary

* ‍TELIX PHARMACEUTICALS ESTABLISHES JAPANESE SUBSIDIARY, APPOINTS KEY EXECUTIVES​

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Saudi Electricity signs deal with Japanese firms for first EV pilot

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - State-controlled Saudi Electricity Co (SEC) has signed a deal with Japanese Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), Nissan Motor Co and Takaoka Toko for the first electric vehicle (EV) pilot project in the world's largest oil exporter, it said on Sunday.

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Japan PM Abe honors 'Japanese Schindler' in Lithuania

KAUNAS, Lithuania (Reuters) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the former Japanese consulate in Lithuania on Sunday to commemorate a Japanese diplomat credited with saving an estimated 6,000 Jews from almost certain death in 1940.

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Figureskating: Searching for the next Asada, Japan rebuilds

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese figure-skating fans head into next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in an unusual position with no-one in their once powerhouse women's team assuming the mantle of the retired Mao Asada.

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FCC says launching full inquiry into false Hawaii missile alert

(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Saturday it was launching a full investigation into a false emergency alert that said a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, the chairman of the commission said.

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Congo launches offensive against Ugandan rebels in its east

GOMA, Congo (Reuters) - Congolese troops began a military offensive in the eastern city of Beni on Saturday against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan rebel armed group blamed for an attack that killed 15 United Nations peacekeepers last month.

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U.S. and allies must work more closely on North Korea: Japan expert

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States, South Korea and Japan must coordinate more closely on North Korea, with whom they are engaged in a "pre-negotiation bargaining process", a former Japanese defense official told Reuters.

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BRIEF-Aurora Cannabis Announces Intention To Launch Takeover Bid For Cannimed Therapeutics

* AMENDED AND RESTATED NEWS RELEASE - AURORA CANNABIS ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO LAUNCH TAKEOVER BID FOR CANNIMED THERAPEUTICS INC.

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BRIEF-Cannimed Therapeutics Launches $725 mln Lawsuit Related To Aurora Hostile Bid

* LAUNCHES $725 MILLION LAWSUIT ALLEGING MULTIPLE CLAIMS OF WRONGDOING RELATED TO AURORA HOSTILE BID

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Japan Balks at Calls for New Apology to South Korea Over ‘Comfort Women’

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could miss the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics as tensions with Seoul flare anew over World War II-era sex slaves.

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Japan protests to China over submarine near disputed islands

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan protested to China on Friday after a foreign submarine in waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea was confirmed to be Chinese, calling it a unilateral action and a "serious escalation" that raised bilateral tensions.

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Japanese pop group chants cryptocurrency choruses

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese pop group hopped on the bitcoin bandwagon on Friday, dedicating themselves to singing and dancing about the cryptocurrencies that have taken the world by storm, and especially their homeland.

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Japan to curb asylum seekers' right to work from Monday

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will limit asylum seekers' right to work from Monday, making changes to its refugee system that are likely to swell the numbers of those in detention centers, the justice ministry said, prompting refugee groups to flag humanitarian concerns.

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India sends its 100th satellite into space to watch borders

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India launched its 100th satellite on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to project the country as a global low-cost provider of services in space.

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Stricken Iranian oil tanker drifts into Japan's economic zone: coast guard

TOKYO (Reuters) - A stricken Iranian oil tanker drifted into Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) on Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman for Japan's Coast Guard told Reuters on Friday, as strong winds pushed the burning ship away from the Chinese coast.

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Japan conveys concern over Rohingya to Myanmar's Suu Kyi-Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono conveyed serious concern over Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims to the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, in a meeting on Friday in the capital Naypyidaw, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported.

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Long night for hundreds of passengers on Japan train trapped by snow

TOKYO (Reuters) - Hundreds of passengers spent a cramped and uncomfortable night and much of Friday morning stuck on a crowded train trapped by heavy snow at a railroad crossing not far from a station in northern Japan, an official said.

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Wing panel falls off Japanese prime minister's jumbo

TOKYO, Jan 12 (Reuters) - A panel the size of a laptop computer fell off one of the Japanese prime minister's jumbo jets, the defence force said on Friday, a potentially embarrassing mishap amid concern over the dangers posed by parts falling off U.S. military aircraft based in Japan.

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Japan starts culling chicken after confirming bird flu outbreak

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's western Kagawa prefecture has begun a cull of 91,000 chickens after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu on a farm, the local government said.

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Japan PM rejects South Korean call for new steps to help 'comfort women'

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday rejected South Korea's call for more steps to help "comfort women", a euphemism for women forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels, and urged Seoul to honor a 2015 pact on the divisive topic.

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Japan starts chicken cull after confirming bird flu outbreak

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's western Kagawa prefecture has begun a cull of 91,000 chickens after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu on a farm, the local government said.

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Martian ice deposits could sustain human outposts in the future

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a potential source of water that could help sustain future human outposts.

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Fossil of dinosaur swept away in ancient Australian river found

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In sandstone next to the high tide mark at the edge of Bass Strait in southeastern Australia, scientists have unearthed fossils of a two-legged, turkey-sized, plant-eating dinosaur apparently swept away in a large, powerful ancient river.

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UPDATE 1-Breitburn shareholders launch last-ditch bankruptcy showdown

Jan 11 (Reuters) - Shareholders of Breitburn Energy Partners LP launched a last-ditch legal effort on Thursday to prevent the bankrupt oil producer from wiping out their investment and sticking them with a huge tax bill at a time of surging crude prices.

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Kadono, Hirano aim for Japan's first snowboarding gold

LONDON (Reuters) - Japan gave snowboarding its Olympic debut in 1988 but of the 30 gold medals handed out in the sport since the Nagano Games none have been draped around the neck of a Japanese athlete.

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BRIEF-Amazon Hemp Ltd Announces Update On Product Launch

* AMAZON HEMP LTD. ANNOUNCES UPDATE ON PRODUCT LAUNCH AND RECEIPT OF PURCHASE ORDER FOR 10,000 BOTTLES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Rocket Internet CEO says ready to pounce with cash pile

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Rocket Internet needs to hold on to its mountain of cash so it can compete with rivals from the United States and China and pounce when investment opportunities arise, the chief executive said in an interview.

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Japan protests presence of Chinese military ship in waters near disputed islands

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Thursday protested to China after a Chinese military vessel was detected in waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea, calling on China to avoid actions that could interfere with improving bilateral ties.

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Tattoos lead Thai police to Japanese gang murder suspect

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A 74-year-old Japanese man accused of a gang murder in Japan 15 years ago has been arrested in Thailand after pictures of his tattoos went viral on social media, Thai police said on Thursday.

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Photocopier pioneer Xerox in talks for deal with Japan's Fujifilm: WSJ

(Reuters) - Xerox Corp , under pressure to find new growth sources amid shrinking demand for its printer and copier business, is in talks for a deal with Japanese camera maker Fujifilm Holdings that could include a change in control of Xerox, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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UPDATE 2-Photocopier pioneer Xerox in talks for deal with Japan's Fujifilm -WSJ

* Activist investor Carl Icahn has called for new leadership at Xerox

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Japan sees 70 percent chance of La Nina weather pattern lasting into spring

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's weather bureau said on Thursday that a La Nina weather pattern is continuing, with a 70 percent chance of it lasting into spring.

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Uber's Chinese rival Didi Chuxing recruits in Mexico ahead of launch

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing has advertised online for a range of jobs in Mexico as it prepares to break into the country, one of rival Uber's regional strongholds.

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UPDATE 1-Franklin Templeton's Zahn halves Italy exposure pre-vote, says watching Bank of Japan

* David Zahn reduces holdings of Italian bonds before election

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Japanese canoeist faces life ban for spiking rival's drink

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese sprint canoeist is facing a life ban after admitting to spiking a rival's drink with an anabolic steroid to scuttle his Olympic dreams, the Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday.

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US firm prepares to launch search for MH370

The Malaysian government has awarded a "no-find, no-fee" contract to a private US-based tech company to resume the search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370, one of the most enduring aviation mysteries of the modern era.

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Japan reports first suspected bird flu case in poultry this winter

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's agriculture ministry on Wednesday reported a suspected case of bird flu in Kagawa prefecture, western Japan, potentially marking the country's first bird flu outbreak in poultry this winter.

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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi launch $1 bln venture capital fund

TOKYO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance said it is setting up a venture capital fund that plans to invest as much as $1 billion over five years, the latest move by major carmakers as they seek to adapt to rapid industry change by investing in startups.

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Japanese astronaut apologizes for 'fake news' of height increase

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International Space Station, apologized on Wednesday for saying he had grown 9 cm (3.5 inches) while in space and expressing...

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US to sell anti-ballistic missile to Japan

The Trump administration notified Congress on Tuesday that it has approved the potential sale of SM-3 anti-ballistic missiles to Japan in a deal estimated to be worth $133.3 million, according to a State Department statement.

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U.S. approves anti-ballistic missile sale to Japan amid North Korea threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has approved the sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan to defend itself against a growing nuclear and missile threat from North Korea, a State Department official said on Tuesday.

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U.S. approves anti-ballistic missile sale to Japan amid N.Korea threat

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. government has approved the sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan to defend itself against a growing nuclear and missile threat from North Korea, a State Department official said on Tuesday.

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Secret Zuma Satellite Launched by SpaceX May Have Failed. What Happened?

Rumors are that an expensive, classified mission code-named “Zuma” failed to deploy in orbit and is now lost. Will we ever find out what actually happened?

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As Electric Cars’ Prospects Brighten, Japan Fears Being Left Behind

The country, which missed out on some earlier technological shifts, is now scrambling to catch up as the world warms up to battery-powered vehicles.

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Representative McSally to launch bid for Senate from Arizona: CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Representative Martha McSally on Friday will launch a bid for the U.S. Senate seat from Arizona being vacated by Jeff Flake, CNN reported, joining a field that includes former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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SpaceX defends rocket performance after loss of U.S. spy satellite

Jan 9 (Reuters) - SpaceX on Tuesday defended the performance of one of its rockets used to launch a U.S. spy satellite that is believed to have been lost after failing to reach orbit, adding that no changes were anticipated to its upcoming launch schedule.

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UPDATE 2-BRF launches processed meats brand for cost-conscious shopper

SAO PAULO, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Brazilian food company BRF SA launched a new meats brand aimed at cost-conscious buyers, venturing into the discount market that represents about one-third of the country's processed food sales, a company executive said on Tuesday.

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European satellite launch firm Arianespace expects record number of launches for 2018

PARIS, Jan 9 (Reuters) - European satellite launch company Arianespace, facing competition from newcomers to its market, expects a record number of launches this year, which it said on Tuesday should stand it in good stead for strong future growth.

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Japan rejects South Korean call for extra steps over 'comfort women'

SEOUL (Reuters) - Japan said on Tuesday it can "by no means" accept South Korea's call for more steps to help "comfort women", a euphemism for girls and women forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels, a divisive issue that Japan says was resolved with a 2015 deal.

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South Korea not seeking to renegotiate 'comfort women' deal with Japan: foreign minister

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Tuesday it will not seek to renegotiate a 2015 deal with Japan aimed at resolving the sensitive issue of "comfort women" forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels.

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China's Didi Chuxing to launch bike-sharing platform and brand

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese ride-hailing application Didi Chuxing plans to launch a bike-sharing platform within its app that will host partner firms such as Ofo as well as its own bike-sharing brand, the company said on Tuesday.

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Japan calls on U.S. to take safety steps in wake of Okinawa military incidents

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese officials on Tuesday called on the United States to take thorough measures to protect Japanese citizens a day after a U.S. helicopter made an emergency landing on the grounds of a hotel on the southern island of Okinawa.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. spy satellite believed destroyed after failing to reach orbit -officials

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A U.S. spy satellite that was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday failed to reach orbit and is assumed to be a total loss, two U.S. officials briefed on the mission said on Monday.

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U.S. spy satellite believed destroyed after failing to reach orbit: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. spy satellite that was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday failed to reach orbit and is assumed to be a total loss, two U.S. officials briefed on the mission said on Monday.

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U.S. spy satellite believed destroyed after failing to reach orbit -officials

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A U.S. spy satellite that was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday failed to reach orbit and is assumed to be a total loss, two U.S. officials briefed on the mission said on Monday.

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Japan's Nikkei share average hits highest since Nov 1991

TOKYO, Jan 9 (Reuters) - The Nikkei share average hit a 26-year high on Tuesday, helped by gains on Wall Street during a Japanese holiday and as a weaker yen lifted investors' appetite for risk.

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BRIEF-Adamas Announces U.S. Commercial Launch Of Gocovri, The First FDA-Approved Medication For Treatment Of Dyskinesia In Parkinson's Disease Patients

* ADAMAS ANNOUNCES U.S. COMMERCIAL LAUNCH OF GOCOVRI™ THE FIRST AND ONLY FDA-APPROVED MEDICATION FOR THE TREATMENT OF DYSKINESIA IN PARKINSON’S DISEASE PATIENTS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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French prosecutor launches probe into Apple planned obsolescence: judicial source

PARIS (Reuters) - A French prosecutor has launched an investigation of U.S. tech giant Apple over alleged deception and planned obsolescence of its products following a complaint by a consumer organization, a judicial source said on Monday.

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French prosecutor launches probe into Apple planned obsolescence - judicial source

PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A French prosecutor has launched an investigation of U.S. tech giant Apple over alleged deception and planned obsolescence of its products following a complaint by a consumer organisation, a judicial source said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Gain Capital announces ‍launch Of Bitcoin Trading In Australia, Singapore On Co's City Index Branded Service​

* GAIN CAPITAL HOLDINGS INC - ‍LAUNCH OF BITCOIN TRADING IN AUSTRALIA AND SINGAPORE ON COMPANY'S CITY INDEX BRANDED SERVICE​

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Kobayashi brothers primed to put Japan on ski jump podium

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - With the Pyeongchang Olympics taking place during prime time for Asian TV, Japanese ski jumping brothers Junshiro and Ryoyu Kobayashi have the chance of a lifetime to showcase their skills to their home audience and share a spot on the podium.

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BRIEF-Metlife Inc Announces Launch Of Two Insurtech Investment Programs For Start-Up Cos

* METLIFE INC - ANNOUNCED LAUNCH OF TWO INSURTECH INVESTMENT PROGRAMS FOR START-UP COS, METLIFE DIGITAL VENTURES AND METLIFE DIGITAL ACCELERATOR Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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South Korea to unveil decision over 'comfort women' deal with Japan

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said it will announce on Tuesday whether it will respect an agreement between the country's previous government and Japan that was aimed at resolving a feud over "comfort women" forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels.

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U.S. military helicopter makes emergency landing at Japanese hotel

TOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. attack helicopter made an emergency landing in the grounds of a hotel on Japan's Okinawa island on Monday, the latest in a string of mishaps involving U.S. military aircraft that has fueled public opposition to the U.S. presence there.

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Ford to launch diesel truck to grab fuel economy edge

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co plans this spring to offer a diesel engine version of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck, looking to gain a marketing edge as its main rivals ramp up more efficient pickups of their own.

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China's Tiangong-1 space lab is not out of control: top Chinese engineer

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Tiangong-1 space station is not out of control and does not pose a safety threat, a top Chinese spaceflight engineer said on Monday, after reports that the station was falling toward earth.

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SpaceX launches secret mission

After more than a month of delays, SpaceX might finally be ready to launch a secretive spacecraft, Zuma.

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SpaceX is about to launch a secret mission

After more than a month of delays, SpaceX might finally be ready to launch a secretive spacecraft, Zuma.

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Cornered Merkel launches talks with SPD in bid to secure fourth term

BERLIN (Reuters) - More than three months after a German election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is still scrambling to form a new government and will on Sunday launch a five-day attempt to persuade the Social Democrats (SPD) to join a coalition with her conservatives.

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Olympics: Japan seek to recreate Sapporo ski jump joy

TOKYO (Reuters) - With a total of 11 medals, including three golds, ski jumping has provided rich pickings at the Winter Olympics for Japan, and the Games in Pyeongchang will provide another chance for them to excel in front of a prime-time Asian audience.

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Rohingya insurgents launch ambush in Myanmar's Rakhine, three hurt: army

YANGON (Reuters) - Rohingya Muslim insurgents ambushed a vehicle in western Myanmar's Rakhine State on Friday, wounding three people, including two members of the security forces, the military said.

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Justice Dept. launches new Clinton Foundation probe: The Hill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has begun an investigation into whether the Clinton Foundation conducted "pay-to-play" politics or other illegal activities during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, The Hill reported on Thursday, citing law enforcement officials and a witness.

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Japanese companies begin to buckle as Abe pressures them to raise wages

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Inc is running out of excuses in the face of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's calls for wage rises of 3 percent or more.

Suicides and Suicide Attempts nytimes.com

Long Before Video, Japanese Fought Suicide in the ‘Sea of Trees’

The notorious Aokigahara Forest looms large for Japan, with its high national suicide rate, though patrols and other steps are helping lower the toll.

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North Korea agrees to talks after U.S.-South Korea military drills are postponed

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea agreed on Friday to hold official talks with the South next week, the first in more than two years, hours after the United States and South Korea delayed a military exercise amid a standoff over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

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Baseball: LA Angels star Ohtani trains in Japan

KAMAGAYA, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese fans braved the winter cold on Friday to catch a glimpse of Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani in training for the upcoming American baseball season.

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Tennis: Nishikori set to launch comeback in Newport Beach

(Reuters) - Japan's Kei Nishikori plans to launch his comeback at the inaugural Challenger Tour event in Newport Beach, California, beginning Jan. 22, the organizers said.

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North and South Korea to talk January 9, Japan warns remain vigilant

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea will hold official talks next week for the first time in more than two years after Pyongyang accepted Seoul's offer for dialogue, just hours after the United States and South Korea delayed a joint military exercise.

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Justice Dept launches new Clinton Foundation probe: The Hill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has begun an investigation into whether the Clinton Foundation conducted "pay-to-play" politics or other illegal activities during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, The Hill reported on Thursday, citing law enforcement officials and a witness.

Blacks nytimes.com

Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online

The comedian Masatoshi Hamada dressed up as Eddie Murphy in a widely viewed television show on New Year’s Eve.

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UPDATE 1-AT&T to launch 5G in U.S. by late 2018

Jan 4 (Reuters) - AT&T Inc will launch a fifth-generation mobile service in a dozen cities in the United States by late 2018, it said on Thursday, after international wireless standards for the network were finalized last month.

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BRIEF-Remark Holdings' ‍Kankan Business Launched Credit-Related Fintech Product​

* REMARK HOLDINGS INC - CO'S ‍KANKAN BUSINESS LAUNCHED CREDIT-RELATED FINTECH PRODUCT​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-NanoString And RikenGenesis Announce Partnership To Commercialize Ncounter-Based Diagnostic Assays In Japan

* NANOSTRING AND RIKENGENESIS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO COMMERCIALIZE NCOUNTER-BASED DIAGNOSTIC ASSAYS IN JAPAN

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Japan faces greatest danger since World War due to North Korea: PM

TOKYO (Reuters) - The security situation facing Japan is the most perilous since World War Two because of North Korea's "unacceptable" provocations, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday and he vowed to bolster defenses to protect the Japanese people.

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Japan PM: Will work with international community to solve North Korea issues

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday North Korea was engaging in continued provocations that were "absolutely unacceptable" and said he would work with the international community to counter its nuclear and missiles development.

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AT&T to launch 5G in U.S. by late 2018

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, said it would launch fifth-generation (5G) mobile network service in a dozen cities in the United States by late 2018, after international wireless standards for the network were finalised last month.

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Japan's Topix rises to highest level since 1991

TOKYO, Jan 4 (Reuters) - The Topix share index rose to its highest level since 1991 on Thursday, catching up to global equities gains on Japan's first trading day of 2018.

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Magnitude 5.4 quake strikes 320 km off Japan's Bonin Islands: USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck 320 km (200 miles) northwest of Japan's Bonin Islands early on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

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Sorry, sci-fi fans: star's oddness not due to alien mega-structure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It was too good to be true. Scientists have ruled out the most exotic explanation -- an orbiting alien mega-structure -- for the behavior of a celestial oddity dubbed Tabby's Star that has been puzzling scientists with its sporadic dimming and brightening.

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Inside Japan's 'suicide forest'

A controversial video by YouTube star Logan Paul shows what appears to be a body hanging from a tree in Japan's Aokigahara forest, known throughout the country for the suicides that happen there.

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What it actually takes to launch a nuclear strike

President Donald Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday that he has a nuclear "button" on his desk at all times and boasted that the US has "much bigger & more powerful" nuclear weapons -- a stunning threat that has once again raised questions over what it takes to actually launch a nuclear warhead.

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BRIEF-Teva Announces Launch Of An Authorized Generic Of Estrace Cream In The U.S.

* TEVA ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF AN AUTHORIZED GENERIC OF ESTRACE® CREAM IN THE UNITED STATES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Aceto's Unit Launches Efavirenz Capsules, 50Mg, 200Mg

* ACETO SUBSIDIARY, RISING PHARMACEUTICALS, LAUNCHES EFAVIRENZ CAPSULES, 50MG AND 200MG

Space and Astronomy nytimes.com

Rocket Launches and Trips to the Moon We’re Looking Forward To in 2018

The launch of a new rocket by Elon Musk’s SpaceX and moon landings by India, China and private companies could occur this year, but no one is sure when.

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Israel's Spacecom expands deal for satellite service to Nepal

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's Space Communication Ltd, operator of the Amos satellites, said on Tuesday Nepal's Dish Media Network has contracted for more capacity on the Amos-4 satellite starting in the fourth quarter.

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California launches legal sale of cannabis for recreational use

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California will launch the world's largest regulated commercial market for recreational marijuana on Monday, as dozens of newly licensed stores catering to adults who enjoy the drug for its psychoactive effects open for business up and down the state.

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Japan's Nippon Life eyeing M&A for foreign boutique bond and alternative funds

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nippon Life Insurance Co [NPNLI.UL], which recently struck a deal to buy about a quarter of U.S. investment firm TCW Group, is scouting for opportunities to buy boutique managers of bonds and alternative assets, its president said.

Sex Crimes nytimes.com

She Broke Japan’s Silence on Rape

She was a news intern. He was a TV journalist. She says he raped her, and she decided to do something Japanese women rarely do: Speak out.

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Russia re-establishes contact with Angola's telecoms satellite

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Friday it had re-established contact with Angola's first national telecoms satellite AngoSat-1.

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BRIEF-‍Fritz Nols Will Launch Strategic Business Unit "Cryptocurrencies" Next Year In 2018​

* ‍FRITZ NOLS AG: NEW STRATEGIC FOCUS IN NEW GENERATION OF CRYPTO CURRENCIES​

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Russia: US plan to sell Japan anti-missile systems violates treaty

Russia has accused the United States of violating an arms control treaty by agreeing to supply anti-missile systems to Japan.

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South Korea says 'comfort women' deal flawed, but Japan warns against change

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that a 2015 agreement with Japan over South Korean "comfort women" forced to work in wartime brothels was seriously flawed after Japan said any attempt to revise it could damage relations.

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Kremlin says Russian satellite launch failures being investigated

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Thursday that Russia was analyzing its space sector after two failed satellite launches in as many months.

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Japan's Nomura poised to start China retail brokerage business: CEO

TOKYO (Reuters) - Nomura Holdings Inc is ready to serve wealthy Chinese as soon as the world's second-largest economy allows foreign financial institutions to open securities brokerages, the chief executive of Japan's biggest brokerage and investment bank said.

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South Korea says 'comfort women' deal flawed, but Japan insists on no change

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that a 2015 agreement with Japan over South Korean "comfort women" was seriously flawed after Japan said any attempt to revise it could damage relations.

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Golf: Japan ladies' tour thrives with healthy sponsorship, full schedule

(Reuters) - The Japanese LPGA Tour quietly celebrated its 50th season this year with a full schedule and legitimate claims to being more popular than the country's stagnant men's circuit.

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South Korea's Moon says 2015 'comfort women' agreement with Japan 'flawed'

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that a 2015 agreement with Japan over South Korean "comfort women" was seriously flawed and urged follow-up measures to resolve the contentious issue.

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BRIEF-Yamato Holdings To Partner With JD.Com To Ship Products From Japanese Retailers Throughout China - Nikkei

* YAMATO HOLDINGS TO PARTNER WITH JD.COM TO SHIP PRODUCTS FROM JAPANESE RETAILERS THROUGHOUT CHINA , STARTING IN 2018 - NIKKEI Source text : [http://s.nikkei.com/2BKljxm] Further company coverage:

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Russia says satellite launch failure due to programming error

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday the failed launch of a 2.6 billion-rouble ($44.95 million) satellite last month was due to an embarrassing programming error.

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SpaceX-launched Iridium satellites functioning normally

(Reuters) - Iridium Communications Inc said on Wednesday its 10 satellites, launched last week by tech billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX, are functioning as expected.

Women's Rights nytimes.com

Deal With Japan on Former Sex Slaves Failed Victims, South Korean Panel Says

The conclusions threaten the 2015 agreement over so-called comfort women, forced to work in brothels for the Japanese military from the 1930s until 1945.

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Japan manufacturing scandals haven't hurt image but have been powerful lessons: ministry official

TOKYO (Reuters) - A string of data-tampering scandals at Japanese manufacturers has not tarnished Japan's image, though it has been a powerful reminder to avoid sacrificing quality when under cost or delivery pressure, a senior economic official said on Wednesday.

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Japan says ties at risk if South Korea messes with 2015 'comfort women' deal

SEOUL (Reuters) - Japan said on Wednesday any attempt by South Korea to revise a 2015 deal meant to have resolved a row over "comfort women" forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels would make relations "unmanageable" after Seoul said the agreement had failed.

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South Korea says 'comfort women' row with Japan unresolved despite 2015 deal

SEOUL (Reuters) - A 2015 deal with Japan over South Korean "comfort women" forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels failed to meet the victims' needs, South Korea said on Wednesday, throwing ties into doubt as both countries seek to rein in North Korea.

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Japanese woman, confined by parents for years, found frozen to death: police

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police said on Wednesday they have arrested a couple whose 33-year-old daughter froze to death in a tiny room where they had confined her for years because they believed she had a form of mental illness that made her violent.

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'Comfort women' row with Japan unresolved despite 2015 deal, South Korea says

SEOUL (Reuters) - A 2015 agreement with Japan over South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels failed to meet the needs of victims, South Korea's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Japan's MUFG "cautiously optimistic" about regulator approval for Danamon stake

- JAPAN'S MITSUBISHI UFJ FINANCIAL (MUFG) GROUP SAYS CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT GETTING REGULATOR APPROVAL TO ACQUIRE MORE THAN 40 PCT BANK DANAMON STAKE - GROUP WANTS TO "ACCELERATE COLLABORATION" WITH DANAMON, TAKAYOSHI FUTAE, CEO OF MUFG'S ASIA AND OCEANIA REGION TOLD REPORTERS IN JAKARTA - MUFG SAID IT HAS AGREED WITH DANAMON SHAREHOLDERS TO BUY 73.8 PERCENT OF THE BANK AND WOULD LIKE TO RAISE THAT TO 100 PERCENT

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Google looking to launch stores in India to boost Pixel sales: report

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is looking to launch brick-and-mortar stores in India to boost sales of its Pixel smartphones, the Economic Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing three people with knowledge of the matter.

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BRIEF-Soliris(Eculizumab) Gets Marketing Authorization In Japan For Treatment Of Patients With gMG

* SOLIRIS® (ECULIZUMAB) RECEIVES MARKETING AUTHORIZATION IN JAPAN FOR THE TREATMENT OF PATIENTS WITH GENERALIZED MYASTHENIA GRAVIS (GMG) Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Google looking to launch stores in India to boost Pixel sales - report

Dec 26 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is looking to launch brick-and-mortar stores in India to boost sales of its Pixel smartphones, the Economic Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing three people with knowledge of the matter.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: Waves of Destruction, Physical and Spiritual, Buffet Japan

In “Ghosts of the Tsunami,” Richard Lloyd Parry probes the emotional effects of the catastrophe that killed thousands of men, women and children.

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Japan considers refitting helicopter carrier for stealth fighters: government sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is considering refitting the Izumo helicopter carrier so that it can land U.S. Marines F-35B stealth fighters, government sources said on Tuesday, as Tokyo faces China's maritime expansion and North Korea's missile and nuclear development.

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Japan's Denso considering $440 million investment in JOLED: Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese auto parts maker Denso Corp is considering a 50 billion yen ($440 million) investment in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel maker JOLED, Kyodo news reported, citing sources close to the matter.

cnn.com

This is Japan's 'art island'

Once a fishing town in decline, Japan's Naoshima island is now a thriving contemporary art hub.

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Figure skating: Sochi champion Hanyu named in Japan team for Pyeongchang

(Reuters) - Yuzuru Hanyu will defend his figure skating title at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after being named in the Japan team but will not compete until then, the Kyodo news agency reported on Monday.

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Japan stocks inch down; financial slip, real estate shares gain

TOKYO, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average inched lower on Monday, weighed by losses on Wall Street at the end of last week, although movement was confined to a narrow range with many other major markets shut for Christmas.

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Serena Williams set to launch comeback in Abu Dhabi

(Reuters) - Twenty-three time grand slam champion Serena Williams will play her first match since the birth of her daughter when she faces off against French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi next week.

cnn.com

SpaceX's latest launch sparks UFO fears

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SpaceX rocket launch lights up the sky

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket in southern California Friday night leaving a trail behind.

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Egypt to launch building project in Sinai: Sisi

CAIRO (Reuters) - President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Saturday Egypt will in the next two to three years embark on a $5.60 billion construction project in the Sinai peninsula whose north has been gripped by an Islamist insurgency.

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Rockets' Harden slams officials after second straight 50-point game

(Reuters) - Houston Rockets guard James Harden exploded for his second consecutive 50-point game and then hit out at the officials after being ejected late in his team's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

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Japan's Nishikori ruled out of Brisbane International

(Reuters) - Japan's Kei Nishikori has withdrawn from the season-opening Brisbane International tournament as he continues to recover from a wrist injury, the event's organizers have said.

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Japan's emperor draws record birthday crowd as he prepares to abdicate

TOKYO (Reuters) - A record crowd paid their respects to Japan's 84-year-old Emperor Akihito at Tokyo's Imperial Palace on Saturday, in his first birthday celebration since the date of his abdication was set.

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A Japanese coastal community is dealing with a sudden influx of boats carrying bodies

Ryosen Kojima opens a sliding door, enters the Zen Buddhist temple that his family has operated for four generations, and lights two candles.

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BRIEF-Nissan Motor Chairman Ghosn Could Be Questioned By Japanese Authorities Over Ongoing Vehicle Inspection Scandal - Nikkei

* NISSAN MOTOR CHAIRMAN CARLOS GHOSN COULD BE QUESTIONED BY JAPANESE AUTHORITIES OVER ONGOING VEHICLE INSPECTION SCANDAL - NIKKEI Source text (s.nikkei.com/2C2gkLX) Further company coverage:

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Number of births in Japan to hit record low in 2017

TOKYO (Reuters) - The number of births in Japan this year has fallen to is lowest since records began more than a century ago with about 941,000 new babies, the health ministry said on Friday, proof if any were needed that it faces an aging and shrinking population.

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Germany launches probe of foreign bid for aerospace supplier Cotesa

BERLIN, Dec 22 (Reuters) - The German economy ministry said on Friday it had launched a review of a planned foreign bid for aerospace supplier Cotesa, which could lead to Berlin blocking the sale.

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Japan's U.S. LPG imports to hit record in 2017, top the Middle East

TOKYO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Japan's liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) imports from the United States are expected to double in 2017 to a record and account for around for around half of its total purchases, government and shipping data showed.

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UPDATE 1-Japan aluminium premium raised to $103/T in Q1 -sources

* Producers' initial proposals were at $110-118/tonne -sources (Adds comment, detail)

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Kansai Electric to scrap two reactors in latest blow for Japan's nuclear sector

TOKYO (Reuters) - Kansai Electric Power Co said on Friday it will decommission two 38-year-old reactors at its Ohi nuclear plant as Japan's electricity industry struggles to cope with new safety standards imposed after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

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UPDATE 1-Japan approves record defence spending that favours U.S.-made equipment

TOKYO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Japan's government approved a record military budget on Friday but did not earmark enough extra money to stop a splurge on U.S.-made ballistic missile defence kit from putting a squeeze on funding for an ambitious domestic jet fighter project.

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Japan Display says reports of seeking funds not true, wants partner

TOKYO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Smartphone screen maker Japan Display Inc said in a statement on Friday that recent reports that it was seeking funds were not true, and that it was seeking a partnership with a "global company".

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Japan approves record defense spending that favors U.S.-made equipment

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government approved a record military budget on Friday but did not earmark enough extra money to stop a splurge on U.S.-made ballistic missile defense kit from putting a squeeze on funding for an ambitious domestic jet fighter project.

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Japan approves record defence spending that favours U.S.-made equipment

TOKYO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Japan's government approved a record military budget on Friday but did not earmark enough extra money to stop a splurge on U.S.-made ballistic missile defence kit from putting a squeeze on funding for an ambitious domestic jet fighter project.

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U.S. launches effort to reduce reliance on imports or critical minerals

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday launched an effort to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign supplies of critical minerals used in smartphones, computers and military equipment, which he said poses a national security and economic risk.

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Long Island Iced Tea skyrockets after renaming itself Long Blockchain

(Reuters) - Beverage maker Long Island Iced Tea Corp's shares jumped 300 percent after the company said it would rebrand itself Long Blockchain Corp, the latest obscure U.S. firm to tap into the frenzy surrounding crypto currencies.

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BRIEF-Histogenics And Medinet Enter Licensing Agreement For Commercialization Of NeoCart In Japan

* HISTOGENICS CORPORATION AND MEDINET CO., LTD ENTER INTO LICENSING AGREEMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF NEOCART FOR THE JAPANESE MARKET

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Singapore cryptocurrency cafe launches as regulators sound warnings

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Just a street away from Singapore's central bank, a cryptocurrency firm has set up what it claims is the first cafe in the city-state to be owned and operated by a business promoting its own digital coin.

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Japan Display says report it sought Apple, Huawei funds is 'speculative'

TOKYO (Reuters) - Cash-strapped smartphone screen maker Japan Display Inc dismissed a report on Thursday that it was seeking investment from Apple Inc and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] as "speculative" and declined to comment further.

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UPDATE 1-Japan Display says report it sought Apple, Huawei funds is "speculative"

* Japan Display also talking to Chinese firms for funds -report

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Japan Display says report it sought Apple, Huawei funds is "speculative"

TOKYO, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Cash-strapped smartphone screen maker Japan Display Inc dismissed a report on Thursday that it was seeking investment from Apple Inc and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd as "speculative" and declined to comment further.

cnn.com

Rep.'s comments launch CNN investigation

The #MeToo movement has resulted in an avalanche of sexual harassment allegations against men in entertainment and in politics, however only a few have resulted in consequences.

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Musk tweets photos of gargantuan new rocket

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BRIEF-Fat Brands Begins To Execute On International Expansion Strategy, To Expand In Japan

* FAT BRANDS BEGINS TO EXECUTE ON INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION STRATEGY: SETS SIGHTS ON JAPAN; ANNOUNCES CO-BRANDED FATBURGER AND BUFFALO’S EXPRESS RESTAURANT WITH FATBAR IN TOKYO'S SHIBUYA DISTRICT

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BRIEF-Net Element Launches Business Unit Focused On Blockchain Technology

* NET ELEMENT LAUNCHES BUSINESS UNIT FOCUSED ON BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY

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Japan's Kansai Electric used possibly falsified Mitsubishi Materials products at reactors

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Kansai Electric Power Co said on Wednesday it has used products in important safety equipment at two of its nuclear plants that were supplied by a unit of Mitsubishi Materials Corp with possibly falsified data.

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UPDATE 2-Japan Display in talks over $1.8 bln-plus investment from China firms - Kyodo

* Japan Display needs cash to invest in OLED technology (Adds details on smartphone makers' OLED shift, company comments)

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Nikkei falls as construction sector weighs; Japan Display jumps

TOKYO, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks fell on Wednesday morning as construction shares continued to be battered amid a suspected bid-rigging scandal, while Japan Display jumped on a media report the firm is discussing an investment from three Chinese panel makers.

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EU Commission may launch moves to punish Poland over legal reforms

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's executive may trigger a process on Wednesday to begin to strip Poland of its voting rights in the bloc, officials say, as months of tensions between Brussels and Warsaw come to a head.