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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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Video Apparently of Japanese Hostage Surfaces With Message to Family

TOKYO, March 17 – A video surfaced on Thursday appearing to show a missing Japanese journalist, reportedly held by an al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, reading a message to his family and country. “Hello, I am Jumpei Yasuda. Today is my birthday, 16 March,” the bearded man said on the video, posted on Facebook. The

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Hundreds Join Former “Comfort Women” to Protest Accord with Japan

By Jack Kim SEOUL, Dec 30 – Hundreds of South Korean protesters joined two surviving former “comfort women” on Wednesday to denounce an agreement with Japan to resolve an issue stemming from Japan’s wartime past that has long plagued ties between neighbours. The two “comfort women”, as those who were forced to work at Japan’s

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