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Japan should assess 'tankan' before deciding to implement tax hike - PM ally

16 May 2019

TOKYO Japan should assess various economic data, including the Bank of Japan's quarterly "tankan" survey due on July 1, before deciding whether to implement an increase in the sales tax in October, a senior ruling party lawmaker close to Prime Minister Abe said on Thursday.

Japan weighing downgrade of economic view, raises doubt on higher sales tax

16 May 2019

TOKYO Japan's government is considering downgrading its assessment of the economy next week as the intensifying Sino-U.S. trade war takes a toll on exports and factory output, a government source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

Warm on North, chilly to South: Japan's Korea strategy could pose risks

08 May 2019

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is reaching out to North Korea in the hope of arranging a summit, a strategy critics say poses risks given doubts about chances of a breakthrough, even as ties with U.S. ally South Korea deteriorate.

And then there were three - Japan's shrinking pool of imperial heirs

01 May 2019

TOKYO Now that Japan has a new emperor, Naruhito, its imperial family will be left with just three heirs to the throne - one of whom is 83 - a situation likely to renew debate on the monarchy's males-only succession.

Japan welcomes Reiwa "New Year" with hopes for peace, prosperity

01 May 2019

TOKYO Japan welcomed the start of a new Reiwa imperial era and a new emperor on Wednesday in a festive New Year mood, with hopes for peace and prosperity.

Japan welcomes Reiwa 'New Year' with hopes for peace, prosperity

01 May 2019

TOKYO Japan welcomed the start of a new Reiwa imperial era and a new emperor on Wednesday in a festive New Year mood, with hopes for peace and prosperity.

And then there were three - Japan's shrinking pool of imperial heirs

01 May 2019

TOKYO Now that Japan has a new emperor, Naruhito, its imperial family will be left with just three heirs to the throne - one of whom is 83 - a situation likely to renew debate on the monarchy's males-only succession.

And then there were three - Japan's shrinking pool of imperial heirs

30 Apr 2019

TOKYO Now that Japan has a new emperor, Naruhito, its imperial family will be left with just three heirs to the throne - one of whom is 83 - a situation likely to renew debate on the monarchy's males-only succession.

Japan's emperor prays for peace in first abdication in 200 years

30 Apr 2019

TOKYO Japanese Emperor Akihito, in his final remarks as his three-decade reign drew to a close on Tuesday, thanked the people for their support and expressed hope for a peaceful future. | Video

Explainer: Japan emperor abdication rare, but could set precedent

30 Apr 2019

TOKYO Emperor Akihito, 85, will step down on Tuesday, almost three years after he first publicly hinted he wanted to retire and hand over to his heir, Crown Prince Naruhito. It is the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in two centuries.

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