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Japan Real Time

WSJ's inside track on Japan's politics, economy and culture.

Last Build Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:20:59 +0000

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Q&A: One Investor’s Picks for Japan During Market Turmoil

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 06:23:47 +0000

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For a long-term investor, market turmoil can offer a chance to snap up the shares of solid businesses at a discount. Matthew Brett, a co-portfolio manager of Edinburgh-based Baillie Gifford & Co.’s £7 billion ($10 billion) Japanese equity fund, says his team has been buying shares of robot maker Fanuc Corp. and optical-product maker Topcon Corp. over the last couple of weeks. Fanuc shares have fallen 26% over the past year through Monday and Topcon shares have dropped 58%. Fears about China play a big role in that: The country is growing more slowly and shifting away from a heavy-industry-driven economy. In an interview, Mr. Brett talked about his picks.

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Automatic for the People: Nissan Shows Off ‘Self-Parking’ Chairs

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 05:58:33 +0000

Nissan released a new video featuring self-parking office chairs to promote its autonomous driving technology.

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5 Takeaways on Japan’s GDP Contraction

Mon, 15 Feb 2016 01:40:16 +0000

Japan's economy contracted at an annualized pace of 1.4% in the October-December quarter, compared with a consensus estimate of a 1.2% decline. Here are five takeaways from the data released Monday.

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Japanese Lawmaker Seeking Paternity Leave to Resign Over Affair

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:12:20 +0000

A Japanese lawmaker who was seeking to set a precedent by taking paternity leave admitted to having an affair days before his wife gave birth last week.

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A Surging Yen is Washing Away the Bank of Japan

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:43:49 +0000

The last time the yen closed at a higher level than this was on October 30th 2014, just before the Bank of Japan shocked markets by boosting its bond-buying scheme.

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Top WSJ Stories on Japan: Yen Gains Strength, Honda Motor Co.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:34:29 +0000

Your daily roundup of news from The Wall Street Journal related to Japan: The yen rose sharply on Thursday, as investors poured into the safe-haven Japanese currency, a sign that market forces are overwhelming central bank efforts to weaken their currencies.

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Tokyo’s JR Shinjuku Station to Get Its Own Navigation App

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 04:58:06 +0000

Shinjuku Station in Tokyo is so complex that its operator is preparing to launch a smartphone app with the sole purpose of guiding passengers through the maze.

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The ‘Monetary Madness’ That’s Pushing Japanese Bonds Negative

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:56:31 +0000

Another financial Rubicon was crossed overnight, when the yield on Japan's 10-year government bond slipped into negative territory. It's the latest sign that the world's central banks are seeing their carefully laid-out plans unwound by a panicky market.

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Top WSJ Stories on Japan: Negative Bond Yields, Nomura Holdings

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:44:08 +0000

Your daily roundup of news from The Wall Street Journal related to Japan: Japanese stocks tumbled Tuesday and the benchmark government-bond yield fell into negative territory for the first time, as a global flight to safety threatened to unravel the delicate market balance that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Bank of Japan have tried to build.

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Amazon Japan Launches Free Sommelier Phone Service

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 04:16:09 +0000

Amazon customers in Japan can take advantage of a free sommelier service when seeking to buy wine online.

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