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U.S. House panel to meet with safety regulators about Takata air bags next week

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WASHINGTON/DETROIT - The U.S. House committee looking into the defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp will hold an initial briefing with U.S. safety regulators next week to learn the details of the regional recalls affecting 10 automakers, a committee aide said on Friday.

5:32pm BST

Japan's party animals closer to dancing the night away

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TOKYO - Japan's cabinet approved changes on Friday to a 66-year-old law that bans late-night dancing in clubs, a decision that will help businesses cash in on an expected influx of tourists ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Life, Japan 2:22pm BST

Japan could deploy minesweepers off South Korea in war with North, U.S. admiral says

TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to let Japan's military fight overseas could open the way for the country to deploy minesweepers in South Korean waters in the event of a war with North Korea, a senior U.S. admiral said on Friday.

World, Japan 11:42am BST

Japan's economy floundering, BOJ to widely miss inflation goal: poll

TOKYO - Japan's economy is floundering and analysts polled by Reuters cut their annual growth forecast for a fifth straight month, saying there is no chance the Bank of Japan will meet its 2 percent inflation goal by the next fiscal year.

10:27am BST

Former Japan PM Fukuda to meet China's Xi next week - source

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TOKYO - Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping next Wednesday in Beijing, a source familiar with the matter said, setting the stage for a possible meeting between the leaders of Japan and China in November.

World, Japan 8:53am BST

UPDATE 1-Rugby-Japan to get 18th Super Rugby team in 2016 - SANZAR

* Singapore hopeful of hosting some games (Adds more quotes, details)

Rugby Union, Japan 8:34am BST

Japan prosecutors delay ruling on possible Fukushima indictments

TOKYO - Japanese prosecutors have delayed a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, an official with a special panel that requested an indictment said on Friday.

World, Nuclear Power, Japan 8:27am BST

Japan prosecutors delay ruling on possible Fukushima indictments

TOKYO, Oct 24 - Japanese prosecutors have delayed a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, an official with a special panel that requested an indictment said on Friday.

8:22am BST

Betting on the beaten up? Investors pin hopes on stocks in Europe, Japan

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NEW YORK - Some very big investors are betting on an upswing in two problematic parts of the world right now, Europe and Japan, their confidence bolstered by the brisk money-printing from central banks in both regions.

Market Analysis, Japan 7:53am BST

Rugby-Japan to get 18th Super Rugby team in 2016 - SANZAR

SYDNEY, Oct 24 - Japan has beaten out Singapore to win the right to host the 18th Super Rugby team when the southern hemisphere provincial competition expands for the 2016 season, governing body SANZAR said on Friday.

Rugby Union, Japan 7:29am BST