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Today's top story: The UK's current account deficit was even bigger than we thought Today's leader: Macron faces an uphill battle to reform France European markets are expected to open up this morning, after Asian stocks rose on news of robust metals prices. The FTSE 100 is seen 27 points higher at 7,346 according to IG ...

- City AM - UK

Asian shares mixed as markets await central banker meeting.

HONG KONG " Asian stocks were mixed Monday as investors kept a wary eye on joint military drills between U.S. and South Korean forces and awaited a key meeting of central bankers later this week.KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Fujitsu to sell mobile phone operations: Nikkei.

- Fujitsu Ltd is looking to offload its mobile operations as the Japanese information technology company faces stiff competition from bigger rivals in a highly lucrative mobile phone market, the Nikkei business daily reported.

- Reuters - US


The human drama, and long-term lessons, of the Fukushima nuclear disaster The Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011 presented an enormous challenge even to Japan, one of the world's most advanced and organized countries. Failures at all levels—of both the government and the private sector—worsened the human and ...

- Brookings - US

Rediscovered USS Indianapolis Embodies Pacific Victory.

The sinking of the USS Indianapolis by an Japanese submarine in the closing days of World War II marked one of the U.S. Navy's greatest maritime tragedies. But the recent rediscovery of the lost warship's wreck on the bottom of the Pacific also represents a chance to remember how its wartime career paralleled the U.S. ...

- Discover - US

How green roofs can help cities sponge away excess stormwater.

The Acros Fukuoka eco-building in Fukuoka, Japan boasts one of the world's most famous green roofs. The GRIT Lab at the University of Toronto is working to bring green roofs to the city and beyond in order to combat climate change. Spring and summer 2017 have been among the wettest on record in eastern North America, ...

- The Conversation - UK

Guam official says the island is calm despite North Korean threat.

The lieutenant governor of Guam reassured Japanese on Monday that the U.S. territory is calm amid the recent tension between the U.S. and North Korea.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Time prime in worker-scarce Japan for investing in service robots.

Faced with the worst labor shortage in decades, Japanese service companies are finally turning to labor-saving technology, an investment that could lift the sector's woeful ...

- The Japan Times - JP

U.S. Navy to probe Japan-based fleet as hunt for sailors missing in latest collision continues.

The U.S. Navy announced a fleetwide probe Monday — including an examination of forces forward-deployed to Japan — while introducing a temporary halt to operations ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Asian shares edge up, bolstered by modest gains on Wall Street.

TOKYO - Asian shares edged higher on Tuesday, taking solace from modest gains on Wall Street even as investors remained wary ahead of the annual central banking conference in Jackson Hole later this week.

- Reuters - US

Warship Collision: U.S. Navy orders operational pause, wide-ranging review.

, August 22 : The U.S. Navy said that it had ordered an operational pause of its fleets globally and a wide-ranging review of the U.S. Pacific-based 7th Fleet after a collision of a U.S. destroyer and an oil tanker near Singapore early Monday.The examination should seek the root causes of the collision, said 31st Chief of ...

- Sify - IN

Asian stocks set to track modest US advance

SINGAPORE, Aug 22 — The yen held onto gains as Asian stock-index futures indicated a firmer open after a lackluster US session and as Bridgewater's Ray Dalio said he was reducing risk. Japanese stock-index futures rose with contracts in...

- The Malay Mail - MY

BOJ price goal a tall order, but Japan Inc not interested in more easing | Reuters

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- Firstpost - IN

The wreckage of a WWII-era US warship that the Navy called the worst disaster at sea has been discovered

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen led a civilian research team that discovered the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis, a WWII-era warship sunk by Japanese torpedoes in 1945.

- Business Insider - US

India may hold talks with US, Japan

With tension between India and China escalating, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj may hold a meeting with her American and Japanese counterparts in New York next month. New Delhi is planning to schedule a trilateral meeting between Swaraj, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Exploring 10 great cities for business in Asia

From Shanghai to Tokyo, Mumbai to Hong Kong, here's how to make the most of the days between the deadlines.

- CNNMoney - US

Seneca says it will stop investing in US stocks and shares

Investment manager Seneca has caused a stir in the industry today, saying that it will completely eliminate exposure to US equities in its Global Income & Growth Trust. The firm believes that the US has moved from the “recovery” phase of the business cycle to the “expansion” phase, at which point the ...

- City AM - UK

Moss could be used to monitor urban pollution, Japanese scientists say

Japanese scientists believe that moss – a common plant in the island nation – could be used as a 'bioindicator' to gain valuable insight into pollution and other atmospheric data.

- Christian Science Monitor - US

EU prepares for busy trade talks agenda

TTIP is on ice, CETA will be provisionally applied from September and talks with Japan are nearly completed. But EU trade policy is far from done yet and a busy negotiating schedule lies ahead. EURACTIV Germany reports.

- EurActive - UK

Japan to sell kangaroo steaks with tickets for Australia rugby match

The Japan Rugby Football Union on Monday announced a unique ticket package for the November test match against Australia , 50 tickets that come with ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Ex-head of Osaka school operator faces another fraud-related arrest

The former chief of Moritomo Gakuen, embroiled in a scandal involving its discounted purchase of government land, faced a new arrest warrant Monday for defrauding ...

- The Japan Times - JP

40% of Japan's underpopulated municipalities deemed sustainable

More than 40 percent of underpopulated municipalities in Japan are considered sustainable over the three decades to 2045, thanks to migration and settling promotion measures, ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Documentary on atrocities of Japanese Unit 731 triggers outrage and calls for reflection

A documentary recently released by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK has triggered heated discussions and calls for reflection upon war history in Japanese society.

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Yamaha Fazer 25 launched at Rs 1.28 lakh

Japanese two-wheeler maker Yamaha today launched its 250-cc motorcycle, Fazer 25, priced at Rs 1.28 lakh in India, which will hit the road next month.India Yamaha Motor aims to achieve 15 percent sales growth in this fiscal besides expanding dealership network to 700 outlets, a senior company executive said after the ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Foo Fighters pull off epic Rickroll at music festival

The Foo Fighters and Rick Astley pulled off the most epic Rickroll on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

- CNN - US

Guam official says the island is calm despite NKorea threat

The lieutenant governor of Guam has reassured Japanese that the U.S. territory is calm amid the recent tension between the U.S. and North Korea.

- FOX News - US

My Complicated Relationship With Cockroaches

He was in his 20s before he ever set eyes on a cockroach. Today, he's a skilled exterminator of the creatures that plague Japanese homes.

- Global Voices - US

China's neighbours: Friends, foes and frenemies

China has sharp differences with almost all its neighbours. But their resistance to Beijing's aggressive claims is increasingly weakening as its investments grow in the region. Mongolia, Vietnam and India are among a handful critical of its strong-arm tactics, along with Japan and Taiwan.

- Times Of India - IN

Guam Official Says Island is Calm Despite North Korea Threat

The lieutenant governor of Guam has reassured Japanese that the U.S. territory is calm amid the recent tension between the U.S. and North Korea. Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio said in Tokyo on Monday that Guam remains in a "state of normalcy." Japan is a major source of tourists for the Pacific island. North Korea threatened recently ...

- Voice of America - US

PwC Japan exec denies political pressure on Toshiba audit

TOKYO - The head of auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata LLC on Monday denied it came under political pressure to sign off on an annual financial report by Toshiba Corp, a move which helped the troubled Japanese conglomerate avert a delisting.

- Reuters - US

Hero named title sponsor of Asia Cup hockey meet

Dhaka, Aug 21 The Asian Hockey Federation on Monday announced Indian two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp Ltd as the title sponsor of the Mens Asia Cup to be held in Dhaka from October 11 to 22. This year, the premier continental tournament will feature host nation Bangladesh along with China, India, Japan, Korea, ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Hero named title sponsor of Asia Cup hockey meet

Dhaka, Aug 21 The Asian Hockey Federation on Monday announced Indian two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp Ltd as the title sponsor of the Mens Asia Cup to be held in Dhaka from October 11 to 22.This year, the premier continental tournament will feature host nation Bangladesh along with China, India, Japan, Korea, ...

- Sify - IN

The World Eyes Yet Another Unconventional Source of Fossil Fuels

In May of this year, China claimed a breakthrough in tapping an obscure fossil fuel resource: Researchers there managed to suck a steady flow of methane gas out of frozen mud on the seafloor. That same month, Japan did the same. And in the United States, researchers pulled a core of muddy, methane-soaked ice from the bottom ...

- ENN - US

‘Sexually suggestive’ Japanese tourism video of model rubbing head of mascot gets dumped after complaints

The Miyagi prefectural government said on Monday it will remove an online tourism promotional video that has stirred up criticism for being sexually suggestive. The local government in northeastern Japan plans to withdraw the video after a tourism event scheduled for Saturday in Sendai, the prefecture’s capital, amid ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Japan backtracks on basing Ospreys at civilian-use Saga Airport

The government has tentatively decided to station Osprey aircraft at a Ground Self-Defense Force camp because of difficulties in basing them as planned in fiscal ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Calbee sees granola boom by pitching to Japanese working women

Calbee Inc.'s granola snack had been around for 20 years, with no real change to its recipe or sales. Then a female marketing executive turned ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Japan issues measles warning for travelers to Europe

The Japanese government has issued a warning for people traveling to Europe following an outbreak of measles in a number of countries, including Italy and ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Taro Kono to visit Mozambique and Ethiopia, attend TICAD

Foreign Minister Taro Kono is scheduled to visit Africa for five days starting Wednesday to attend a two-day ministerial meeting of a Tokyo-led African development ...

- The Japan Times - JP

In Japan's remote areas, banks may soon pay visits to customers with mobile ATM vans

An increasing number of regional banks in Japan are introducing automated teller machines mounted on vehicles to cater mainly to elderly people living in remote ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Olympics sponsors showcase innovative tech products as 2020 Games draw near

For sponsor companies, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is a golden opportunity to develop and showcase new technologies, not only to impress foreign visitors but also ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Japan's department stores sales fell 1.4% in July

Department stores sales in Japan fell 1.4 percent in July from a year earlier on a same-store basis, due partly to weak sales of clothes ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Japan's quality bubble explains its flat-lined GDP

Recognizing Japan's quality bubble is the first step to appreciating and assessing its significant value.

- The Japan Times - JP

Nikkei drops to new three-month low amid North Korea risks

Stocks extended their losing streak to a fourth session on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Monday against the backdrop of geopolitical tensions over North Korea, with ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Dollar slips below ¥109 on uncertainty over Trump administration policies

The dollar gave up its early gains to slip below ¥109 in Tokyo trading late Monday, due partly to lingering uncertainty over the administration of ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Japan's industry group urges lenders to take stricter measures against ballooning consumer debt

The Japan Financial Services Association urges consumer lenders that guarantee unsecured loans on bank cards to implement stricter approval measures in order to prevent clients ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Foo Fighters Pull Off Biggest Rickroll Ever

In scenes that would have almost certainly confounded Kurt Cobain, the Foo Fighters pulled off the most spectacular Rickroll of all time at a music festival in Tokyo on Sunday. After the band performed a few of their own songs, lead singer Dave Grohl told the audience at the Summer...

- Newser - US

Steve Wozniak to Speak at Tokyo Comic-Con in December

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, one of the driving forces behind the establishment of Comic-con in Japan last year, is scheduled to speak at the second Tokyo Comic Convention in December. Last year's event drew more than 35,000 people. Organizers expect a bigger turnout this year. Wozniak teamed up with Stan Lee to start up ...

- Variety - US

Ora King Announces Award Semifinalists

Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown chefs through to the next round Deconstructed sushi presented as a map of Japan and broth inspired by Queenstown’s lakes are among the selected dishes progressing to the second stage of this year’s prestigious ...

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Foo Fighters and Rick Astley rickroll audience at Japan's Summer Sonic festival

The Foo Fighters may just have pulled off the ultimate 'rickroll'.

- Stuff - NZ

F-35 fighter jets to surround North Korea

More F-35 stealth fighters could be soon deployed to Korea and Japan, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Monday.

- UPI - US