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The Week in History: December 7 – 13

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  December 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor Bombed The Battle of Pearl Harbor was a surprise military attack by the Japanese against a docked U.S. fleet at the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, which led to the U.S.’s entry into World

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Japan PM’s Pearl Harbor Visit Won’t be for Apology: Spokesman

By Kaori Kaneko and Linda Sieg TOKYO, Dec 6 – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor this month, the first by a Japanese leader, will not be to apologise for the Japanese attack 75 years ago that drew the United States into World War Two, Abe’s top aide said on Tuesday. Chief Cabinet

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Japan Plans Supercomputer to Leap Into Technology Future

By Kentaro Hamada TOKYO, Nov 28 – Japan plans to build the world’s fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country’s manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop and improve driverless cars, robotics and medical diagnostics. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend 19.5 billion yen ($173 million)

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Asian Export Nations Wary Dollar Boost Gives Trump Pretext to Beat Them

By Tetsushi Kajimoto and Cynthia Kim TOKYO/SEOUL, Nov 20 – Asian currency policymakers are worried that the strengthening of the dollar on expectations of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s fiscal policies could be used by his administration as a stick to beat them with on trade protectionist grounds. China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are already

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Japan, Israel Upgrade Relations as Arab Oil Influence Wanes

By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV, Sept 5 – Japanese executives say they are increasingly drawn to investments in Israel as the price of oil falls and, with it, the influence Arab oil suppliers have on Japan’s decision-making. Over the past two years, Japan and Israel have strengthened business ties, signing a series of economic agreements

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Japan Warns Brexit May Drive Banks, Pharma Investment to EU

TOKYO, Sept 4  – Japan has warned Britain that its exit from the European Union could prompt Japanese financial institutions to relocate from London and listed a raft of concerns from Japanese companies about the transition away of the EU. In a 15-page report published on the eve of a summit of the Group of

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Japanese Truck Driver Playing Pokemon Go Kills Pedestrian

TOKYO, Aug 25 – A Japanese truck driver playing Pokemon Go while driving hit two women, killing one and injuring the other, in Japan’s first death related to the Nintendo Co craze. The driver said he had been distracted by the game after his arrest for negligent driving following the accident on Wednesday evening, a

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Business Outlook: Bank of Japan Ups the September Stakes

By John Hardy Special to Newsweek Middle East The July 10 elections for the Upper House of Japan’s National Diet saw the ruling coalition score a strong victory, giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the two-thirds supermajority he needs to reform Japan’s constitution – perhaps his chief political aim. More interesting for financial markets – and

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Indian Politician Hangs Himself From Ceiling Fan

GUWAHATI, India, Aug 9 – The former chief minister of a remote Indian region disputed with China was found dead and hanging from a ceiling fan on Tuesday, police and officials said, after a court ruled last month that his appointment had been illegal. The Supreme Court ruling dealt a blow to Prime Minister Narendra

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