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  • Europe shares up, Asia down on business surveys
    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks fell Thursday after China's factory output grew at the slowest pace in five months while European markets gained on a survey that showed an improvement in the region's business activity.
    Yahoo.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:45:07 GMT.
  • Japan PM's new minister hit by scandal over racy bar bill
    Japan's new trade minister said on Thursday a political support group spent money at a racy bar, a blow for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his cabinet suffered two high-profile resignations over separate funding scandals. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:07:05 -0400.
  • Avex Launches Fine Hemp Brand "majotae"; Products Under Way for Spring/Summer 2015 with Isetan Mitsukoshi
    TOKYO, Oct. 23, 2014 -- Avex Group Holdings Inc., Japan's leading entertainment company, on October 23 announced the launch of "majotae," fine natural hemp fabric brand. ...
    PR Newswire.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:00:00 EDT.
  • Backers of a Maglev Train Hope to Outpace Acela in the Northeast Corridor
    A $5 billion commitment from Japan and a franchise transfer are the latest steps to bring a magnetic levitation train to the Washington-New York route.
    By Ron Nixon and Jonathan Soble.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:36 GMT.
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  • Home Organization Advice from Marie Kondo
    The advice of a Japanese organization expert boils down to two rules: Discard everything that does not “spark joy” and do not buy organizing equipment.
    By Penelope Green.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:22:18 GMT.
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  • U.S. prosecutors probe Takata over recalls
    The recall of some 7.8 million vehicles with faulty Takata airbags that may explode attracted additional federal scrutiny Wednesday, with prosecutors launching a probe into the Japanese supplier and a U.S.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:39 EST.  Subscription required.
  • China-Japan talks fuel hope of thaw
    Japan's deputy prime minister meets his Chinese counterpart in Beijing in a move that could pave the way for a meeting between the countries' leaders.
    BBC News.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:57:22 GMT.
  • American Airlines and Jetstar Japan Announce Codeshare Agreement
    New codeshare agreement on Jetstar Japan flights will enhance American's network across Japan.
    Travel Industry Wire.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:03:20 EST.
  • Japan's exports jump in September
    Japan's trade deficit edges higher in September despite exports growing at their fastest pace in seven months.
    BBC News.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:06:24 GMT.
  • US: Time for Free Trade Deal with Japan is Now
    The U.S. commerce secretary says American and Japanese negotiators are making progress on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:33:16 -0400.
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Facts About Japan

Japan, an island state off the east coast of Asia, is governed as a constitutional monarchy.  Its capital city is Tokyo; its second largest city is Osaka.  Japan's national currency is the Yen.  In 2007, Japan's estimated population was 127,433,000, and Japanese is the primary language spoken in Japan.

For more news and information about Japan, visit this official Japanese government website.  For detailed maps of Japan, visit this Japan map website.

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