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Old loves highlight Japan and Vietnam's new bonds

HANOI "This is my husband," said 94-year-old Nguyen Thi Xuan, holding up a pillow wrapped in a Vietnamese flag, with a Japanese army shirt pushed inside. She sleeps with it every night.

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SoftBank denies interest in Vodafone-Idea Cellular merged company 23 Feb 2017

MUMBAI Japan's SoftBank Group on Thursday denied it was in talks with Vodafone Plc's Indian unit and Idea Cellular to pick up a stake in a potential merger between the two Indian wireless carriers.

REFILE-SoftBank denies interest in Vodafone-Idea Cellular merged co 23 Feb 2017

MUMBAI, Feb 23 Japan's SoftBank Group on Thursday denied it was in talks with Vodafone Plc's Indian unit and Idea Cellular to pick up a stake in a potential merger between the two Indian wireless carriers.

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Japan government lowers assessment of consumer spending 23 Feb 2017

TOKYO Japan's government lowered its assessment of consumer spending in February, the first downgrade in 11 months, as some shoppers have become increasingly frugal in the face of rising food prices.

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Japan protests Russian military buildup plan in decades-old islands dispute 23 Feb 2017

TOKYO Japan has protested to Russia over its plan to boost troop strength on disputed islands, Japan's top government spokesman said on Thursday, the latest move in a territorial row that has overshadowed ties since World War Two.

REFILE-Nikkei pressured by financials but small caps attract buyers 23 Feb 2017

TOKYO, Feb 23 Japanese stocks ended marginally lower on Thursday as financials weakened after U.S. yields fell on the cautious tone struck in minutes of the latest Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting.

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