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Nov 27, 2013

Hot springs are passe: Japan’s tourist towns covet casinos

OTARU/SASEBO, Japan (Reuters) – Ageing and shrinking, Japan’s country towns want to gamble away their economic and demographic woes.

With lawmakers planning to submit legislation soon to open Japan to casino gambling, likely in time for the 2020 Olympics, several small cities, hot spring towns and tourist destinations are pushing to get one of the coveted licenses.

Nov 22, 2013

Please can we have our bells back? Philippine town asks U.S.

BALANGIGA, Philippines (Reuters) – In the devastated coastal Philippine town of Balangiga, a Roman Catholic belfry with a maroon steeple rises from the rubble, a battered symbol of resistance for a people with mixed feelings about the U.S. military now helping them survive.

After one of the world’s most powerful typhoons roared across the central Philippines and killed more than 4,000 people, U.S. military helicopters are flying in aid to desperate regions such as this once-picturesque fishing village of 12,600 people in ravaged Samar province.

Nov 22, 2013

Please can we have our bells back? ravaged Philippine town asks U.S.

BALANGIGA, Philippines (Reuters) – In the devastated coastal Philippine town of Balangiga, a Roman Catholic belfry with a maroon steeple rises from the rubble, a battered symbol of resistance for a people with mixed feelings about the U.S. military now helping them survive.

After one of the world’s most powerful typhoons roared across the central Philippines and killed more than 4,000 people, U.S. military helicopters are flying in aid to desperate regions such as this once-picturesque fishing village of 12,600 people in ravaged Samar province.

Nov 22, 2013

Please can we have our bells back? Typhoon-wrecked Philippine town asks U.S.

BALANGIGA, Philippines, Nov 22 (Reuters) – In the devastated
coastal Philippine town of Balangiga, a Roman Catholic belfry
with a maroon steeple rises from the rubble, a battered symbol
of resistance for a people with mixed feelings about the U.S.
military now helping them survive.

After one of the world’s most powerful typhoons roared
across the central Philippines and killed more than 4,000
people, U.S. military helicopters are flying in aid to desperate
regions such as this once-picturesque fishing village of 12,600
people in ravaged Samar province.

Nov 21, 2013

Please can we have our bells back? Philippine quake town asks U.S

BALANGIGA, Philippines (Reuters) – In the devastated coastal Philippine town of Balangiga, a Roman Catholic belfry with a maroon steeple rises from the rubble, a battered symbol of resistance for a people with mixed feelings about the U.S. military now helping them survive.

After one of the world’s most powerful typhoons roared across the central Philippines and killed more than 4,000 people, U.S. military helicopters are flying in aid to desperate regions such as this once-picturesque fishing village of 12,600 people in ravaged Samar province.

Nov 21, 2013

Philippine orphans fled from room to room to escape sea surge

PALO, Philippines (Reuters) – Officials at an orphanage in the Philippines say they feel blessed that not one child was harmed by one of the biggest typhoons the world has known, even though it reduced most surrounding structures to rubble.

Dolores Baculanta, 49, said she was getting ready to bathe the children, of pre-school age, when she heard cries for help from the nursery in the coastal town of Palo. The roof was buckling under strong winds, with 12 toddlers inside.

Nov 19, 2013

Jail breakout? Philippine typhoon zone criminals swim out

TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) – It’s 103 and counting – that’s the number of prisoners on the loose after escaping Tacloban City Jail when a super typhoon devastated the central Philippines, flooded the prison and smashed open the main gate.

The prisoners had been freed from their cells so that they could seek higher ground, but while some rode the water to the safety of the warden’s second floor office, others followed the water out the front door.

Nov 8, 2013

Japan’s biggest property developer teams up for possible Tokyo casino

TOKYO, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Japan’s biggest property developer
Mitsui Fudosan Co has joined forces with media firm
Fuji Media Holdings and builder Kajima Corp to
develop a proposed casino and resort complex in Tokyo.

After more than a decade of lobbying by lawmakers, a bill to
legalise casino gambling is seen as having a decent chance of
passing next year with the business-friendly Liberal Democratic
Party in power and after Tokyo won the bid to host the Summer
Olympics in 2020.

Nov 6, 2013

Rakuten CEO slams Abenomics failings as quits Japan panel

TOKYO, Nov 6 (Reuters) – A prominent Japanese entrepreneur
is quitting a key panel advising Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
saying the government is stifling the economic reforms it has
promised.

Hiroshi Mikitani, chief executive of e-commerce firm Rakuten
Inc, said on Wednesday he was girding for a legal fight
with Abe’s government over the regulation of online drug sales,
an area his company sees as a lucrative business opportunity.

Oct 29, 2013

Nomura, Daiwa profits jump, but Abenomics momentum slows

TOKYO, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Nomura Holdings Inc and
Daiwa Securities Group Inc reported jumps in quarterly
profit from a year earlier, but slowing trade in Tokyo stocks
has knocked some wind out of a resurgence of Japan’s top two
investment banks.

Both companies have seen their fortunes improve markedly
this year thanks largely to the aggressive economic growth
agenda of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who came to power in
December, renewing investor interest in Japanese stocks.