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Japan Airlines (JAL) said on Friday its net profit for the April-September period slipped 2% to 80.32 billion yen as a weak yen pushed up fuel costs, but the carrier also revised up its full-year earnings forecast.

The company said sales rose 3.7% to 683.77 billion yen.

For the fiscal…

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Joshua and Benny Safdie's "Heaven Knows What," the story of a young heroin addict who finds love in the streets of New York, took the top prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival on Friday.

The Safdie brothers also won the best director award for the U.S.-French production, which is…

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When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello…

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Japanese electronics giant Sharp said on Friday it saw a small profit in the first half of its fiscal year and forecast it will stay in the black for the next six months as it tries to overcome years of record losses.

The Osaka-based company -- a key Apple supplier…

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Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda points to a placard showing BOJ policy decisions during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo on Friday. The Bank of Japan surprised global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive stimulus spending in a stark admission that economic growth…

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The Tokyo Harvest event will be held on November 8th and 9th in Roppongi Hills Arena to express gratitude to farmers and fishermen.

Tokyo Harvest was launched last November, attracting about 30,000 people. This year, Tokyo Harvest will take place not only in Roppongi Hills Arena but in various special…

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Two women were killed and one man remains in a coma after two vehicles collided in Kasumigaura City, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Thursday night.

According to police, the accident occurred just after 11:30 p.m. on National Route 354. NTV quoted police as saying that a station wagon carrying five men and…

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reopened all of Yoyogi Park, 57 days after dengue-carrying mosquitoes were found there.

Parts of the park had been off limits to the public as health workers sprayed pesticide to try to kill off the insect colony.

Officials said that with the onset of…

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Japan's central bank expanded its asset purchases in a surprise move Friday to shore up sagging growth in the world's No. 3 economy.

The Bank of Japan said it would increase its asset purchases by between 10 trillion yen and 20 trillion yen to about 80 trillion yen annually.


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Japanese shares surged more than 5% on Friday after the Bank of Japan ramped up its vast monetary easing program, sending the yen into freefall.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index jumped 5.09% to 16,455.84 points following the surprise BOJ decision.

After a one-day meeting, policymakers said they would add up…

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