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Rent-a-sister: Coaxing Japan’s young men out of their rooms

At least half a million young men in Japan are thought to have withdrawn from society, and refuse to leave their bedrooms. They’re known as hikikomori. Their families often don’t know what to do, but one organisation is offering “sisters for hire” to help coax these young men out of their isolation. If you, or someone you know, have been affected by mental health issues, you can find links to organisations that may be able to help here. A film by Amelia Martyn-Hemphill for BBC World Hacks. Development producer-Ammar Ebrahim…

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France investigates Japan’s Olympics chief on suspicion of corruption

PARIS (Reuters) – The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under formal investigation in France for suspected corruption related to Japan’s successful bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, a French judicial source said on Friday. French financial prosecutors investigating a multi-million dollar payment made by Japan’s bidding committee to a Singaporean consultancy questioned Takeda in Paris and he was placed under formal investigation on Dec. 10, the source told Reuters. In Tokyo, Takeda said no improper actions such as bribery had taken place in connection with Tokyo’s bid,…

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Head of Japan’s Olympic Committee under investigation in France on suspicion of corruption

PARIS (Reuters) – The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under formal investigation by French prosecutors for suspected corruption related to Japan’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games, a French judicial source said on Friday. FILE PHOTO : Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic committee, attends a news conference during the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Monaco December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo The source said Takeda, a retired equestrian sportsman, was indicted last month by the national financial prosecutor’s office in Paris.…

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Head of Japan’s Olympic Committee indicted in France: source

FILE PHOTO : Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic committee, attends a news conference during the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Monaco December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – The head of Japan’s Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, has been indicted in France on corruption allegations, a judicial source confirmed on Friday. He was indicted by the national financial prosecutor’s office in Paris last month, the source said. The indictment was first reported by French newspaper Le Monde. Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; Editing by Luke Baker…

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Brexit: Japan’s PM says ‘wish of whole world’ to avoid no-deal

Image caption UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe give a joint press conference The “whole world” wants the UK to avoid a no deal Brexit, Japan’s prime minister has claimed. Speaking at a joint press conference with Theresa May, Shinzo Abe pledged his “total support” to the withdrawal agreement she has negotiated, which MPs will vote on next Tuesday. Mrs May said leaving the EU provided “an unprecedented opportunity” for the countries to strengthen relations. It comes as Honda UK announced a six-day post Brexit…

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Japan’s Nikkei index slides amid US uncertainty

Image copyright EPA Japan’s main stock market index has plunged, reflecting traders’ worries following a slide on Wall Street. The Nikkei closed down 5% on Tuesday, its worst finish since April 2017. Indexes in Shanghai, Bangkok and Taiwan also fell. Investors have been concerned about President Trump’s dispute with the US central bank chief and another government shutdown. US stocks had their worst Christmas Eve on record. The Dow Jones index of 30 leading companies fell more than 650 points on Monday, and is on track for its worst December…

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Japan’s Princess Masako opens up on insecurities and health

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Princess Masako, pictured with Prince Naruhito and their pet dog, said: “I will strive to do my very best” Japan’s Crown Princess Masako says she feels “insecure” about becoming empress in April, but will do her best to serve the people of Japan. Masako Owada will become empress when her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, succeeds his father Emperor Akihito. Emperor Akihito, 84, is abdicating next year because of his age and health. The princess, who has suffered from a stress-related disorder for many years, says…

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Japan’s Line teams up with Mizuho, Tencent; shares leap

FILE PHOTO: A Tencent sign is seen during the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese chat app operator Line Corp (3938.T) will set up a bank with Mizuho Financial Group Inc (8411.T) and also partner China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) to offer mobile payment services – plans which saw its stock rise 13 percent on Tuesday. Line said it aims to open a bank, pending regulatory approval, which will offer financial services to its almost 80 million…

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Japan’s Line ties up with Tencent, Mizuho; shares jump

FILE PHOTO: A Tencent sign is seen during the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese chat app operator Line Corp (3938.T) announced a tie-up with China’s Tencent Holdings (0700.HK) to offer mobile payment services, and plans to set up a bank with Mizuho Financial Group Inc (8411.T), sending its shares up 13 percent on Tuesday. Japanese retailers offering Line Pay services will be able to process payments from the growing numbers of Chinese tourists using Tencent’s WeChat…

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Japan’s Line jumps 17 percent after Nikkei reports Tencent tie-up

FILE PHOTO: A Tencent sign is seen during the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo TOKYO (Reuters) – Line Corp shares jumped as much as 17 percent on Tuesday after the Nikkei business daily reported the Japanese chat app operator would tie-up with China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd to offer mobile payment services. Line will offer mobile payment services to small to mid-sized Japanese restaurants and stores targeting Chinese tourists via leased terminals compatible with Tencent’s WeChat Pay starting next year, Nikkei…

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