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Japan retains top spot in terms of U.S. Treasury holdings

Japan has maintained its hold for a second month on the No. 1 spot atop China among foreign owners of U.S. Treasury securities. (Japan Today)

12 yakuza arrested over 2011 drive-by shooting of Fukuoka construction executive

A dozen gangsters affiliated with the underworld group Kudo-kai have been arrested in connection with the fatal drive-by shooting of a construction company executive in November 2011. (Japan Times)

Dentsu taps Toshihiro Yamamoto as new president in wake of 'karoshi' case

Dentsu Inc. decided Thursday to promote Senior Vice President Toshihiro Yamamoto to president, replacing Tadashi Ishii who will step down to take responsibility for the overwork-related suicide of a y...

Nikkei closes above 19,000 on yen's fall

Stocks gained further ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday thanks to the yen's easing, lifting the benchmark Nikkei average to its first finish above 19,000 in three days. (Japan Times)

Toshiba could incur 700 bil. yen loss, asks state-owned bank for aid

Toshiba Corp. has sought financial assistance from the state-owned Development Bank of Japan as it expects an asset impairment loss of up to 700 billion yen ($6.17 billion) from its U.S. nuclear busin...

Criminal offenses drop below 1 million in 2016

The annual number of criminal offences in Japan has dropped below 1 million for the first time on record. (NHK)

ANA plane stranded in snowdrift at airport

Transport ministry officials at New Chitose Airport near Sapporo say an All Nippon Airways passenger plane is stranded at the end of a runway. (NHK)

University rugby teams to be left out of national championships

University rugby, the traditional center of the game in Japan, will no longer have a place in the national championships, the Japan Rugby Football Union decided on Wednesday. (Japan Times)

Japan Inc. moving toward 4-day work week

Three days off per week are increasingly common in Japan's workplaces as employers seek to improve the work-life balance in line with the government's push for labor reform. (Nikkei)

Mother ignores pop idol daughter's education

Osaka police have referred the mother of a teenage pop performer to prosecutors on suspicion of allowing her daughter to skip school. (NHK)

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