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  • Shochiku Launches Multilingual Kabuki Community on OKWave Site
    TOKYO, Oct. 24, 2014 -- Shochoku Co., Ltd. launched on Oct. ...
    PR Newswire.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 EDT.
  • The Zombie System: How Capitalism Has Gone Off the Rails
    Six years after the Lehman disaster, the industrialized world is suffering from Japan Syndrome. Growth is minimal, another crash may be brewing and the gulf between rich and poor continues to widen. Can the global economy reinvent itself?
    Spiegel Online.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:51:13 +0200.
  • Takata shares drop on report of US air bag probe
    Shares in Japanese auto parts maker Takata sank in Tokyo on Thursday as nervous investors reacted to a report that US justice officials are investigating the firm over an air bag defect that may have killed several drivers. ...
    Yahoo.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:15:54 -0400.
  • Japan PM's new minister hit by scandal over racy bar bill
    Japan's new trade minister said on Thursday a political support group spent money at a racy bar, a blow for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his cabinet suffered two high-profile resignations over separate funding scandals.
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:12:00 +0200.
  • Japan court backs pregnant woman
    Japan's Supreme Court backs a woman who unsuccessfully sued her employer following a demotion due to her pregnancy.
    BBC News.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:59:21 GMT.
  • Backers of a Maglev Train Hope to Outpace Acela in the Northeast Corridor
    A $5 billion commitment from Japan and a franchise transfer are the latest steps to bring a magnetic levitation train to the Washington-New York route.
    By Ron Nixon and Jonathan Soble.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:36 GMT.
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  • Home Organization Advice from Marie Kondo
    The advice of a Japanese organization expert boils down to two rules: Discard everything that does not “spark joy” and do not buy organizing equipment.
    By Penelope Green.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:22:18 GMT.
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  • U.S. prosecutors probe Takata over recalls
    The recall of some 7.8 million vehicles with faulty Takata airbags that may explode attracted additional federal scrutiny Wednesday, with prosecutors launching a probe into the Japanese supplier and a U.S.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:39 EST.  Subscription required.
  • China-Japan talks fuel hope of thaw
    Japan's deputy prime minister meets his Chinese counterpart in Beijing in a move that could pave the way for a meeting between the countries' leaders.
    BBC News.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:57:22 GMT.
  • American Airlines and Jetstar Japan Announce Codeshare Agreement
    New codeshare agreement on Jetstar Japan flights will enhance American's network across Japan.
    Travel Industry Wire.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:03:20 EST.
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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.

For more news and information about Japan, visit this official Japanese government website.  For detailed maps of Japan, visit this Japan map website.

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