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Mizuho Financial Group stung by report on lending to crime figures

TOKYO, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Japan's huge Mizuho Financial Group bank said 52 executives would have their pay cut after a report exposed $2 million in loans made to organized crime figures.

Japanese deputy PM retracts Nazi comment

TOKYO, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said Thursday that he retracts his comment that Japan can learn from the way Nazis changed Germany's constitution.

So. Korea cancels minister's visit to Tokyo; cites war-shrine issue

SEOUL, April 21 (UPI) -- South Korea canceled a Tokyo trip by its foreign minister to protest a visit by two Japanese ministers to a controversial war shrine, a source told Yonhap News.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi visits Japan

TOKYO, April 13 (UPI) -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Japan Saturday, seeking to bolster Japanese support for her nation, officials said.

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U.S. stock indexes head higher ... India cuts red tape for acquiring aircraft ... Aso casts doubts on bank's inflation goal ... Crude oil heads higher ... News from United Press International.

Taro Aso casts doubts on Japan central bank's two-year inflation goal

TOKYO, March 22 (UPI) -- Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso expressed skepticism Friday about the Bank of Japan's two-year, 2 percent inflation target.

$140.7B supplementary budget approved

TOKYO, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Japan's Parliament passed a 13.1 trillion yen ($140.7 billion) supplementary budget to fund stimulus measures.

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Markets close mixed ... Group of Seven makes currency pledge ... More than half living paycheck to paycheck ... Crude oil tops $97 a barrel ... News from United Press International.

Group of Seven makes currency pledge

LONDON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The Group of Seven nations, all economic powerhouses, pledged Tuesday to coordinate policies to avoid government interference in currency rates.

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Markets hold back Monday ... Durable goods orders rose in December ... Japan: Fiscal 2013 growth forecast at 2.5P ... Pending home sales slid in December ... News from United Press International.

Japan: Fiscal 2013 growth forecast at 2.5P

TOKYO, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The Japanese government Monday forecast 2.5 percent growth in fiscal 2013, citing an improving global economy and its own stimulus steps.

Japan protests Chinese presence at islands

TOKYO, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- China rejected Japan's protest over the presence of its vessels in the waters off the Senkaku Islands, using the occasion to attack the new government in Tokyo.

Japan to forgive Myanmar's debt

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Japan will write off almost $6 billion in Myanmar's debt and provide a new loan of about $600 million, Finance Minister Taro Aso said Thursday.

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Wall Street cautious with 'cliff' impasse ... Japan industrial output slumps in November ... Online retail jumps on Christmas Day ... U.S. pending home sales index rises ... News from United Press International.

Japan industrial output slumps in November

TOKYO, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Japan Friday announced industrial output, hurt by slowing exports, fell 1.7 percent in November from October, while November consumer prices eased.
New Japanese PM praises U.S. relations

New Japanese PM praises U.S. relations

TOKYO, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered a ringing endorsement of U.S.-Japanese relations, particularly in the area of defense policy.

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Abe returns to become Japanese PM

TOKYO, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- A slowing economy hobbled by deflation poses the biggest challenge to Shinzo Abe as he prepared Wednesday to become Japan's next prime minister.

Report: Kishida set to be become new FM

TOKYO, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister-to-be Shinzo Abe plans to appoint veteran party lawmaker Fumio Kishida as foreign minister, sources told Kyodo News Tuesday.

Aso govt. faces tough election battle

TOKYO, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso's ruling LDP, already facing an uphill election battle, took another hit Friday as the jobless rate reached record high.
Japan acknowledges Hiroshima illnesses

Japan acknowledges Hiroshima illnesses

HIROSHIMA, Japan, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Japanese prime minister signed an agreement Thursday in Hiroshima recognizing 306 plaintiffs who suffer from illnesses caused by the 1945 atomic bombings.

Election tough for LDP

TOKYO, July 28 (UPI) -- Questions have come up in the United States about Japan's Aug. 30 elections' impact on the U.S.-Japan military alliance and other bilateral issues if the opposition Democratic Party of Japan defeats the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan-led ruling coalition.
Japanese lawmakers in effort to oust PM

Japanese lawmakers in effort to oust PM

TOKYO, July 17 (UPI) -- Rebel members of Japan's longtime governing party are making a last ditch bid to get rid of unpopular Prime Minister Taro Aso, government officials say.
More troubles seen for Aso

More troubles seen for Aso

TOKYO, July 16 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, with his popularity plunging amidst recession, faced new threats Thursday from his party's lawmakers.

Aso party setback in Tokyo poll

TOKYO, July 13 (UPI) -- Japan's main opposition won the majority in Tokyo's metropolitan polls, in a setback to Prime Minister Taro Aso, forcing him to call general elections.
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