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  • Strong earthquake collapses at least 10 homes in central Japan
    A strong earthquake late Saturday struck a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics, knocking down at least 10 homes in a ski resort town and injuring more than 20 people, officials said.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:20:22 EST.
  • Off the Charts: Early Results of Japan’s Economic Program Are Disappointing
    With the nation’s economy again in recession, Japan’s prime minister has called an election for next month.
    By Floyd Norris.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:12:41 GMT.
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  • Personal Journeys: What I Discovered by Visiting Every Disney Park
    From Tokyo to Paris, California to Hong Kong, I hit all 13 stops on that magical circuit. Here’s what I saw and learned along the way.
    By Brooks Barnes.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:11:55 GMT.
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  • Concerns about state of global economy have increased - Osborne
    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Stagnation in the euro zone, recession in Japan and geopolitical crises have increased concerns about the state of the global economy, British finance minister George ...
    Yahoo.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:50:05 GMT.
  • Japanese PM Abe dissolves parliament
    Japan's PM Shinzo Abe dissolves parliament paving the way for a snap election in December, as local media polls show a low level of support.
    BBC News.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:57:49 GMT.
  • Takata exec warns about ability to fix deadly airbag flaw
    An executive from Japan's Takata told lawmakers on Thursday the supplier is urgently trying to ramp up replacement parts for millions of vehicles fitted with potentially deadly airbags, but said it may not be able to move quickly enough.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:46:47 EST.  Subscription required.
  • Japanese PM Dissolves Lower House of Parliament
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved the lower house of parliament in preparation for a snap election expected on December 14. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:41:12 -0500.
  • EWJ, MDLL: Big ETF Inflows
    Comparing units outstanding versus one week ago at the coverage universe of ETFs at ETF Channel, the biggest inflow was seen in the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ), which added 64,800,000 units, or a 5.1% increase week over week.
    By Marketnewsvideo.  Forbes.  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:14:00 GMT.
  • Japan woman arrested for 'poisoning'
    Police raid the homes of a 67-year-old Japanese woman suspected of poisoning her husband, as details of six ex-partners' deaths emerge.
    BBC News.  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:19:28 GMT.
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology research: Protein-engineered cages aid studies of cell functions
    Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have engineered protein cages for delivering an important signalling molecule, carbon monoxide, into cells.  PST.
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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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