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  • New Japanese Trade Minister Brings Fresh Crisis for Abe
    Potentially damaging revelations surrounding the minister and one of his aides have added to pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
    By Martin Fackler.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:06:09 GMT.
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  • U.S. House panel to meet with safety regulators about Takata air bags next week
    By Richard Cowan and Ben Klayman WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. House committee looking into the defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp will hold an initial briefing with U.S. ...
    Yahoo.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:32:57 -0400.
  • Op-Ed Contributor: The Suzuki Method: Japan's Best Overlooked Cultural Export
    Japan overlooks the merits of its own culture out of a blinding insecurity about its international standing.
    By Eri Hotta.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:07:39 GMT.
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  • United Expands Pacific Footprint with Four New Route Launches Next Week
    CHICAGO, Oct. 24, 2014 -- United Airlines will launch four new Pacific routes next week, beginning with nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, and between San Francisco and Tokyo's Haneda Airport, on Oct. ...
    PR Newswire.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:30:00 EDT.
  • The Zombie System: How Capitalism Has Gone Off the Rails
    Six years after the Lehman disaster, the industrialized world is suffering from Japan Syndrome. Growth is minimal, another crash may be brewing and the gulf between rich and poor continues to widen. Can the global economy reinvent itself?
    Spiegel Online.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:51:13 +0200.
  • 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.
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:12:00 +0200.
  • Japan court backs pregnant woman
    Japan's Supreme Court backs a woman who unsuccessfully sued her employer following a demotion due to her pregnancy.
    BBC News.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:59:21 GMT.
  • 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.
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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.

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