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  • Scientist Who Had Claimed Stem Cell Breakthrough Resigns From Japanese Research Institute
    The institute said the researcher had failed in the three months it gave her to replicate what she had portrayed as a simple way to make stem cells.
    By Martin Fackler.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:09:17 GMT.
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  • Stem cell scandal scientist resigns
    A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.
    BBC News.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:27:15 GMT.
  • Bank of Japan Stands Pat and Offers Brighter View on Economy
    The central bank kept monetary settings unchanged, signaling that no immediate expansion of stimulus was on the horizon.
    By Reuters.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:10:35 GMT.
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  • Japanese Scientist Resigns in Stem Cell Scandal
    A Japanese scientist who claimed a major breakthrough in stem cell research has resigned after the government lab where she worked could not replicate her results. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:24:50 -0500.
  • Kiyomi Launches at Jupiters Gold Coast with Star-studded Event
    GOLD COAST, Australia, Dec. 18, 2014 -- Jupiters Gold Coast launched its brand new Japanese restaurant and bar Kiyomi on December 17 with a star-studded celebrity and media cocktail event. ...
    PR Newswire.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:21:00 EST.
  • Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT
    TOKYO (AP) — If the U.S. government's claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen's latest comedy, no one can say they weren't warned. ...
    Yahoo.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:33:01 -0500.
  • Japan 'could preserve tsunami sites'
    A panel in Japan puts forward a plan to protect four buildings damaged by the 2011 tsunami and earthquake, including a former elementary school.
    BBC News.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:11:21 GMT.
  • Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
    The Vice President spoke last night with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to congratulate him on his party’s success in the December 14th elections. ...
    The White House.  The White House.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:52:00 +0000.
  • Honda opens $35 million heritage, training center in Ohio
    Honda opened a $35 million heritage and training center in Marysville, Ohio, the city where the company became the first Japanese automaker to build a car -- the Accord -- in the U.S., 32 years ago.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:00:00 EST.  Subscription required.
  • U.S. Stokes Flames Of Discontent Between Korea And Japan
    Despite the best of intentions, Americans commenting on the troubled history of Northeast Asia is a messy business fraught with danger for all sides involved.
    By Forbes Staff.  Forbes.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:54:00 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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