Kyoko Hasegawa
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Weak yen pressures Bank of Japan rate decision
by Kyoko Hasegawa - April 26, 2024 - 4:17pm
The Bank of Japan kept its ultra-low interest rates unchanged Friday and stopped short of signalling another hike, pushing the yen to a fresh 34-year low against the dollar.
Japan inflation falls to 2% in January
by Kyoko Hasegawa - February 27, 2024 - 9:50am
Japanese consumer inflation slowed for the third straight month to 2.0% in January, government data showed Tuesday.
Japan craft made successful pin-point Moon landing, space agency says
by Kyoko Hasegawa - January 25, 2024 - 4:37pm
Japan's "Moon Sniper" craft made a pin-point lunar landing despite last-minute engine problems, the space agency said Thursday as it released the first images from the mission.
Death toll hits 126 in Japan quake
by Kyoko Hasegawa - January 7, 2024 - 4:20pm
Rescuers and residents sifted through rubble Saturday as their focus turned to recovering bodies and cleaning up rather than finding survivors, five days after a huge earthquake struck central Japan and killed at...
Woman in 90s pulled from rubble five days after Japan quake
by Kyoko Hasegawa - January 7, 2024 - 12:15pm
A woman in her 90s trapped for five days under the rubble by a huge earthquake in central Japan was rescued against the odds, but snow and storms were expected to complicate relief efforts on Sunday.
Japan PM unveils $113 billion stimulus as poll numbers slump
by Kyoko Hasegawa - November 2, 2023 - 12:43pm
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced a stimulus package worth more than $100 billion on Thursday as he tries to ease the squeeze from inflation and rescue his premiership with his poll ratings at a record...
Petition against felling thousands of trees in historic Tokyo park area
by Kyoko Hasegawa - September 25, 2023 - 3:53pm
Campaigners filed a fresh petition with almost 225,000 signatures on Monday against plans to fell potentially thousands of trees and tear down a historic baseball stadium in a rare green area of central Tokyo.
Japan to approve major defence overhaul on China threats
by Kyoko Hasegawa - December 16, 2022 - 10:53am
Japan's government is poised to approve a major defence policy overhaul Friday, including a significant spending hike, as it warns China poses the "greatest strategic challenge ever" to the country's security.
Japan mourns as body of assassinated PM Abe returns to Tokyo
by Kyoko Hasegawa - July 9, 2022 - 8:49am
Japan on Saturday mourned the assassination of former prime minister Shinzo Abe, whose body was being moved to Tokyo from the western town where he was gunned down at close range on the campaign trail.
Asteroid samples contain 'clues to origin of life': Japan scientists
by Kyoko Hasegawa - June 10, 2022 - 1:16pm
Asteroid dust collected by a Japanese space probe contains organic material that shows some of the building blocks of life on Earth may have been formed in space, scientists said Friday.
Nagasaki marks atomic bomb anniversary with sombre ceremony
by Kyoko Hasegawa - August 9, 2021 - 6:11pm
Nagasaki was flattened in an atomic inferno that killed 74,000 people, three days after the nuclear bomb that hit Hiroshima. 
Asteroid dust collected by Japan probe arrives on Earth
by Kyoko Hasegawa - December 6, 2020 - 11:46am
Scientists hope the precious samples, which are expected to amount to no more than 0.1 grams of material, could help shed light on the origin of life and the formation of the universe.
Who could lead Japan after Shinzo Abe?
by Kyoko Hasegawa - August 29, 2020 - 5:37pm
As Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces his plans to resign over health problems, attention turns to who could succeed the country's longest-ruling premier, with no consensus yet clear on a can...
Japan woman tests positive for COVID-19 again weeks after recovering
by Kyoko Hasegawa - February 27, 2020 - 12:33pm
Japan on Sunday confirmed the first case of a former Japanese passenger of a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship testing positive for the disease after initially receiving a clean bill of health.
'Parasite singles': why young Japanese aren't getting married
by Kyoko Hasegawa - December 12, 2019 - 4:58pm
A sharply dressed crowd of Japanese singletons shuffle awkwardly around conference-room tables, exchanging small-talk and CVs in an attempt to find a marriage partner -- all of them accompanied by their parents...
Clean-up, rescue efforts in Japan as typhoon toll nears 70
by Kyoko Hasegawa - October 15, 2019 - 11:43am
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said there was no plan to slow rescue operations, with around 110,000 police, coast guard, firefighters and military troops involved.
Japan's new emperor speaks of 'deep remorse' in 1st speech marking WWII
by Kyoko Hasegawa - August 15, 2019 - 3:10pm
Emperor Naruhito's comments were being monitored in Tokyo and throughout Asia for any change in tone but he closely echoed the language employed by his father Akihito.
Fearing Olympic chaos, Tokyo tells workers: stay home
by Kyoko Hasegawa - July 24, 2019 - 3:38pm
Japan's famously diligent workers spend more hours at the office than employees in almost any other country. But to avoid traffic chaos at next year's Olympics, authorities have a message: stay home.
After decades, Japan courts controversy resuming commercial whaling
by Kyoko Hasegawa - June 30, 2019 - 4:54pm
The planned hunts, while small and far from internationally protected waters, have also sparked anger in countries where whaling is considered outdated and harmful. 
Extra abdication holidays pose dilemma for hardworking Japanese
by Kyoko Hasegawa - April 3, 2019 - 10:56am
A survey by the Asahi Shimbun daily showed 45 percent of Japanese "felt unhappy" about the long vacation, with only 35 percent saying they "felt happy".
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