The Japan News (Japan)

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - For the first time in 12 years, the “great meander of the Kuroshio current” has affected catches of shirasu whitebait. Shirasu catches along the Pacific Ocean have fallen into a slump, and hauls in Shizuoka and Aichi prefectures, which are famous for their catches of the fish, have declined significantly.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence were set to discuss Tokyo’s recent safeguard tariff increase against U.S. frozen beef in their economic talks on Monday in Washington.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Five years have passed since Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. (NSSMC) was established through the merger of Nippon Steel Corp. and Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd. The key to the company’s growth lies in whether it can increase sales of high-performance steel materials — a field in which it excels — for electric vehicles (EVs) and other products.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s signature economic policy is a key issue in the ongoing House of Representatives election campaign. Major political parties are debating how to evaluate, and whether to continue with, the Abenomics economic policies, and how to pull Japan out of deflation.

JAKARTA (The Japan News/ANN Desk) - The Japanese government is taking on the challenge of developing LNG power-generating ships because it presents an opportunity to expand infrastructure exports in the steadily growing Asian region.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - How to rebuild Japan’s declining agricultural sector is a subject being debated in the Oct. 22 House of Representatives election. This is because the rice production adjustment system, which has been in place for nearly 50 years, will be abolished in 2018 — marking a major turning point for Japan. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - A Tokyo-based advocacy group of lawyers and legal practitioners is stepping up efforts to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. The group seeks to realise greater inclusivity in a country still lagging in the protection of sexual minorities’ rights.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Anxiety has also been mounting among ordinary customers who use automobiles and aircraft made with Kobe Steel products

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Women account for a record 17.7 per cent of the candidates in the current House of Representatives election, with 209 women running for seats. However, this is still a long way from the different parties’ election pledges to even the numbers of male and female lawmakers.

JAKARTA (The Japan News/ANN) - The Japanese and Indonesian governments will research a plan to provide power to Indonesian islands through ships that generate electricity using liquefied natural gas (LNG).