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  • Japan's 'Golden Bolt': 103-year-old challenges world's fastest man
    Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, telling him: "let's rumble!"
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:46:00 +0200.
  • Global stock markets muted, Qantas surges
    Global stock markets were muted Thursday ahead of U.S. economic data and possible policy announcements from Japan.
    Miami Herald.  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:54 EDT.
  • China, South Korea Slam Japan for Honoring War Criminals
    China and South Korea called for Japan to reflect on its history of aggression, a day after Tokyo confirmed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a message to a ceremony honoring World War II-era Japanese war criminals. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:42:29 -0400.
  • Don't blame war correspondent victims
    Freelance reporters receive less training and protection during wartime, a dangerous restart of Japan's nuclear reactors, and Bashar Assad's conniving ways.
    BBC News.  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:59:44 GMT.
  • General Forced to Retire at Lower Rank Over Handling of Sex Assault Case
    An investigation had concluded that Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison, the top Army commander in Japan, did not properly investigate accusations against a colonel.
    By David S. Joachim.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:11:45 GMT.
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  • Learning From Japan's Remarkable Disaster Recovery
    “Post-disaster settings provide opportunities to examine the effectiveness of leadership in mobilizing people and resources in highly dynamic situations.”
    By Hbs Working Knowledge.  Forbes.  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:55:00 GMT.
  • Wikia Continues Global Expansion With $15 Million In D-Round Funding
    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27, 2014 -- Wikia, the social universe of fandom, today announces it has secured Series D Funding to enable the company to accelerate its global momentum with a focused entry into the Japanese and Asian markets. ...
    PR Newswire.  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:00:00 EDT.
  • Japan Says Premier Supported Ceremony Honoring War Criminals
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a message of support to an April ceremony honoring Japanese war criminals from World War II, a government spokesman said Wednesday.
    By Martin Fackler.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:22:36 GMT.
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  • Equities reach record $66 trillion as S&P 500 Hits 2,000
    Rallies from Brazil to Japan and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index's first trip above 2,000 sent the value of global equities to a record $66 trillion. Shares worldwide added more than $2.2 trillion in value since Aug. ...
    Yahoo.  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:50:07 GMT.
  • Japan PM marks war criminal ceremony
    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe sent a message to a ceremony honouring war criminals, official confirm, amid strained ties with China and South Korea.
    BBC News.  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:06:38 GMT.
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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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