Japan wants to attract more foreign investors to its debt market as they account for just 3 percent of government bond sales, according to the Finance Ministry.
Japan’s public debt, the heaviest in the industrialized world, is expected to total 719 trillion yen ($7 trillion), or equal to 144 percent of gross domestic product, by March 2005
- 2004 rice harvest below average
TOKYO —Japan’s rice harvest index for 2004 came to a “slightly poor” reading of 98, remaining below the base of 100 for an average year for the second year in a row, due to a series of typhoons this fall…..
Man, 2 children die in murder-suicide over boy’s atopy
OSAKA —A 30-year-old office worker, his 4-year-old son and just-born baby girl died and the children’s 29-year-old mother was left unconscious Wednesday in an apparent suicide pact over atopic dermatitis suffered by the boy…
Yahoo! Oscar-winning animator’s new film wows Japan, readies to take on world
TOKYO (AFP) – Animated fantasy “Howl’s Moving Castle”, which broke a box office record on its debut in Japan, will be released in 50 countries amid hopes it will be a global blockbuster…
Dr Tue – 11.30.2004 Take a walk (and a beer) down Memory Lane
When I am taking visitors out and they start on the whole tired of “Tokyo is like Blade Runner, without the flying cars” thing, I usually just nod and take them to Shinjuku Nishiguchi…..
….It’s impossible not to experience at least some level of self-sufficient ‘I-bet-they-don’t-mention-this-in-lonely-planet’ pride when you walk through that uber-authentic remnant of post-war Tokyo, trying to catch your breath amidst the carcinogenic fumes of kushiyaki barbecues and slaloming between drunk salarymen and people sitting at the street-side stalls in an alley that is barely big enough to walk with your arms outstretched…..
Mushroom-related brain fever kills 2
Two people died in November of an acute brain fever in Akita Prefecture after eating wild mushrooms known as angel’s wings, the latest in a series of similar deaths throughout the nation, prefectural officials announced Monday…
…So far, eight people have died in the prefecture from the mysterious disease, which has killed 19 people nationwide.
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