January 2015

ISIS: Japanese hostage beheaded
CNN, Jan 31

Weaker yen boosts forcasts at major firms
The Japan News, Jan 31

Honda lowers forecasts after recalls push profit down
The Washington Post, Jan 30

Gov't panel calls for watchdog to oversee controversial foreign trainee program
Mainichi Shimbun, Jan 30

Japan, U.S., South Korea seek credible denuclearization talks with North Korea
The Japan Times, Jan 29

U.S. Textbook Skews History, Prime Minister of Japan Says
The New York Times, Jan 29

Dollar slips below ¥118 as selling picks up pace
The Japan News, Jan 29

New message says '24 hours left' for Islamic State's Japanese hostage
Mainichi Shimbun, Jan 28

Toyota’s global output reaches new record
The Japan News, Jan 28

Nishikori Bows Out of Australian Open
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 28

Top WSJ Stories on Japan: $5 Million Gift to Columbia University, Uniqlo, Social Withdrawal
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 27

DPJ questions Abe’s timing of Mideast aid
The Japan Times, Jan 27

Clothes to be certified ‘Made in Japan’
The Japan News, Jan 27

2014 trade deficit hits record high of ¥12.78 tril.
The Japan News, Jan 26

Former DPJ lawmaker Goto wins Yamanashi gubernatorial race
Mainichi Shimbun, Jan 26

Australia deal may spur resolution of TPP
The Japan News, Jan 25 

Abe in Contact With Jordan Amid Hostage Crisis
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 25

Two Japanese Hostages, as Different as Can Be, Linked by Fate in Syria
The New York Times, Jan 25

Diet session to start Monday, with focus on security bills
The Japan Times, Jan 24 

Nursing to be added to foreign trainee program, but Japanese skills required
The Asahi Shimbun, Jan 24 

Memorial ceremony held for Japanese war dead on Iwo Jima
Mainichi Shimbun, Jan 24

Fate Of Japanese Hostages Unclear After Islamic State's Deadline Lapses
NPR, Jan 23

Govt keeps economic outlook unchanged
The Japan News, Jan 23

Sumo Yokozuna Hakuho Breaks All-Time Championship Win Record
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 23

Time is running out for Japanese hostages held by Islamic State
The Washington Post, Jan 22

Japan, Britain agree closer on security cooperation
The Japan Times, Jan 22

Dollar firmer around ¥118 amid buzz over ECB monetary policy decision
The Japan News, Jan 22

Possibility of negotiations to free hostages still unclear
The Japan News, Jan 21

Plan OK'd for dumping Fukushima's water into ocean after treatment
Mainichi Shimbun, Jan 21

It’s a hoot hanging out with owls at this Tokyo cafe
The Washington Post, Jan 21

Islamic State threatens to kill Japanese hostages, demands $200 million
Los Angeles Times, Jan 20 

Itochu, Thai firm eye ¥1 tril. investment in CITIC Group
The Japan News, Jan 20

Coming Off the Bench, a Basketball Ambassador
The New York Times, Jan 20

Defense in Japan: Up in arms
The Economist, Jan 19 

BOJ Beat: Bank Lending Program Up Next?
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 19

Okada edges Hosono in run-off, will lead opposition DPJ for second time
The Asahi Shimbun, Jan 18

First e-campaigns heavily ignored by voters during snap election
The Japan Times, Jan 18 

Man, 53, to debut as a bullet train driver on new Hokkaido line
Mainichi Shimbun, Jan 18

In Egypt, Abe pledges support for Mideast countries battling Islamic State jihadis
The Japan Times, Jan 17

Government considers 20% target for nuclear power output in 2030
The Japan News, Jan 17

Japan Marks 20th Anniversary of Kobe Earthquake
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 17

Analysis: Why Cheap Oil Helps Japan’s Industries More Than Consumers
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 16

METI eyes lowering solar energy buying rate under feed-in tariff system
Mainichi Shimbun, Jan 16

Abe urges Seoul to respect press freedom, let journalist leave country
The Asahi Shimbun, Jan 16

Abe wants maritime liaison talks accelerated
The Japan News, Jan 15

900 billion yen allocated for women's empowerment in fiscal 2015 budget
Mainichi Shimbun, Jan 15

Want to discuss cats or novels? Haruki Murakami will answer
The Washington Post, Jan 15

Japan Cabinet OKs record military budget with eye on China
The Washington Post, Jan 14

Bonds to fund nearly 40% of record budget in fiscal 2015
The Asahi Shimbun, Jan 14

State secrets law could constrain researchers
The Japan Times, Jan 14

Ministry doubles funding for research to produce 'power semiconductor'
Mainichi Shimbun, Jan 13

Robots to Greet Customers at Japanese Bank
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 13

The Changing Workplace / Internet creates new ways of working
The Japan News, Jan 13

Park says she is open to 'meaningful' summit with Abe
Mainichi Shimbun, Jan 12 

Government projects 1.5% real GDP growth for FY15
The Japan News, Jan 12

LDP to seek multiparty project team to draft revised Constitution
The Japan Times, Jan 12

Ruling bloc may push back security legislation talks
The Japan Times, Jan 11

Japan in Depth / Hosono, Okada seen leading tight DPJ race
The Japan News, Jan 11

Sara Takanashi of Japan wins 2nd straight ski jumping World Cup event on home soil
Los Angeles Times, Jan 11

OUTLOOK 2015 / Will Abe’s growth strategy make our cups flow over?
The Japan News, Jan 10

Most prefectures, major cities acquire more disaster-prevention staff after 2011 quake
Mainichi Shimbun, Jan 10

Kishida to visit India, Europe, eyes talks on terrorism in France
The Japan Times, Jan 9

Japanese Whalers Leave for Antarctic Mission–Without Harpoons
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 9

Snow monkeys to Washingtonians: You’re doing it wrong.
The Washington Post, Jan 9

Opening of new bullet train line section may be brought forward for Olympics
Mainichi Shimbun, Jan 8

Govt drafts medical insurance reform plan for aging society
The Japan News, Jan 8

Sony Project Offers Drag-and-Drop Solutions
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 8

DPJ leadership campaign begins, with three candidates running
The Japan Times, Jan 7

The Changing Workplace / Firms use creativity to build up business
The Japan News, Jan 7 

Surprise sides: Tooth, plastic in McDonald’s meals in Japan
The Washington Post, Jan 7

Son of Baseball Legend Yonamine Named IBM Japan Chief
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 6 

Asahi Shimbun to introduce public editor system in wake of misreporting
Mainichi Shimbun, Jan 6 

PM vows to spread fruits of Abenomics to regions
The Japan News, Jan 6

Key Events to Watch in Japan 2015
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 5

Abe to follow Murayama statement on historical recognition
The Asahi Shimbun, Jan 5

Japan to keep pushing N. Korea to advance abduction issue
Mainichi Shimbun, Jan 4

Experts urge Japan to play greater role in nuclear disarmament process
The Japan Times, Jan 4

Support booming for venture companies
The Japan News, Jan 4

Business heads bullish on economy / Leaders optimistic about 2015
The Japan News, Jan 3

Abe plans U.S. visit, summit with Obama during Golden Week holidays
The Asahi Shimbun, Jan 3

Gov't to update estimates of different energy source costs
Mainichi Shimbun, Jan 2

All eyes on Abe for war’s 70th anniversary
The Japan Times, Jan 2

Price hikes to put pressure on purses
The Japan News, Jan 1

To Rescue Economy, Japan Turns to Supermom
The New York Times, Jan 1