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  • Cat stationmaster elevated as goddess
    Tama the stationmaster, Japan’s feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral on June 28.
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:51:00 +0200.
  • Apple's iPhone Share Continues To Slip In The US And Japan
    Apple’s smartphone market share is lower than a year ago in the US, Japan and France.
    By Chuck Jones.  Forbes.  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:07:00 GMT.
  • 2 Dead After Self-Immolation on Japanese Bullet Train
    A 71-year-old man doused himself and parts of the train’s interior with a flammable liquid before setting himself afire, witnesses said. A woman also died.
    Jonathan Soble.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:12:20 GMT.
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  • VIDEO: Commuters flee train suicide blaze
    Two people are dead after a man set himself on fire on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train, public broadcaster NHK reports.
    BBC News.  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:00:09 GMT.
  • GE set to sell Europe private equity unit to SMBC for over $2 bln -source
    General Electric Co is close to selling its European private equity financing unit to Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC) for more than $2 billion, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said, as the U.S. ...
    Yahoo.  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:45:17 GMT.
  • Two dead in Japan bullet train fire
    A man dies after setting himself on fire on a Japanese bullet train, leaving one other passenger dead and others injured.
    BBC News.  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:20:12 GMT.
  • Toyota's new shares are popular in Japan
    Japanese retail investors are flooding stock brokers with orders for a new class of Toyota shares, indicating the carmaker can fetch a good price for the issue and secure a new group of long-term investors.  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:17:03 EST.  Subscription required.
  • Reports: 2 Dead After Man Sets Self on Fire on Japan Train
    A passenger on one of Japan's high-speed bullet trains set himself on fire Tuesday, filling a carriage with smoke, Japanese officials said. National broadcaster NHK said the man and a female passenger were dead. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 03:24:09 -0400.
  • News Analysis: Philippine military alliances with U.S., Japan questioned
    Two members of the Philippine legislature, one from the House of Representatives and the other from the Senate, have questioned the legality of the Philippine military alliance with the United States and Japan.
    Xinhua.  2015-06-30.
  • Solar Impulse Flies From Japan for Hawaii
    A solar-powered Swiss airplane is back in the air as it attempts a 35,000-kilometer trip around the world without a drop of fuel.  The Solar Impulse 2 flew out of central Japan early Monday after an unscheduled month-long stop. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 29 Jun 2015 01:34:50 -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.

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