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  • Pilots' trans-Pacific balloon journey eclipses distance record
    Two balloonists crossing over the Pacific Ocean from Japan surpassed a distance record on Jan. 29 for gas-filled balloon travel and are heading toward a landing in Mexico's Baja California in two days
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:02:00 +0200.
  • Dealing With Recalls, Honda Cuts Profit Forecast for the Year
    The Japanese automaker said its business was being eroded by the costs related to airbag problems, as well as declining sales.
    By Jonathan Soble.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:42:11 GMT.
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  • Honda cuts profit forecast on recall
    Japanese carmaker Honda cuts its profit forecast and sees third quarter earnings drop sharply following a vehicle recall linked to airbags.
    BBC News.  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:14:04 GMT.
  • Nikkei rises despite weak Japan data
    Japanese shares traded higher on Friday as investors shrugged off a series of government data showing a slowing Japanese economy.
    BBC News.  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:59:12 GMT.
  • Islamic State Deadline Passes For Japanese And Jordanian Hostages
    The fate of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian air force pilot held by Islamic State (IS) militants remains unclear after the passing of a January 29 deadline set by the captors.
    Radio Liberty.  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:36:28 +0000.
  • IS Silent as Hostage Deadline Passes Without Swap
    The families of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot continue to await word on their fate as yet another deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding the men hostage. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:07:50 -0500.
  • Asian shares mixed after Japan inflation slows
    Asian stock markets were mixed Friday, with Tokyo's main index rising after Japanese traders shrugged off data showing inflation slowing in December and household spending falling.
    Yahoo.  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:59:16 -0500.
  • Casio Releases iPhone App That Allows Users to Make Their Own Music
    TOKYO, Jan. 30, 2015 -- Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced on January 30 the release of Chordana Composer, an iPhone app that automatically composes a musical piece based on a two-bar melody created by the user. ...
    PR Newswire.  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:30:00 EST.
  • Jordan Lets Islamic State’s Deadline for a Prisoner Exchange Pass
    Jordan, which is willing to release an imprisoned militant, apparently has not received proof that its captured air force pilot, being held with a Japanese journalist, is still alive.
    By Rod Nordland and Ranya Kadri.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:42:31 GMT.
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  • Islamic State Threatens Two Foreign Hostages
    The fate of pilot Lieutenant Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh and fellow hostage Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was unknown late Thursday after a deadline set by the Islamic State group in a proposed prisoner exchange expired at sunset Thursday.
    Voice of America.  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:18:00 -0500.
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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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