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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.

Oct 29, 2013

Nomura quarterly profit jumps but momentum slows

TOKYO (Reuters) – Nomura Holdings Inc (8604.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a 14-fold jump in quarterly profit from a year earlier, but slowing trade in Tokyo stocks has knocked some wind out of a resurgence of Japan’s largest investment bank.

Nomura has seen its 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.

Oct 25, 2013

Japan’s Line messaging app considers overseas IPO next year -sources

TOKYO, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Japan’s Line Corp, creator of the
fast growing social messaging app Line, may choose an overseas
exchange for an expected IPO next year, banking sources with
knowledge of the matter said, within months of a high profile
listing by Twitter.

One of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity,
said the offering could value Line, a subsidiary of South
Korea’s Naver Corp, at around $10 billion.

Oct 10, 2013

Lavish nights at Club Godfather opened door to Japan pension fund bribery case

SAPPORO, Japan, Oct 10 (Reuters) – When a Tokyo-based
investment manager set out to win business from a pension fund
in northern Japan, the cost included dozens of nights drinking
at Club Godfather, a discrete watering hole with a $200 cover
charge and kimono-clad hostesses.

Kazuyoshi Takahama, now 71, was treated to more than 50
nights out at the club in Sapporo as KTOs Capital Partners, a
hedge fund, lobbied for a share of the $245 million pension fund
he helped oversee as its chairman, prosecutors say. Takahama
favored shochu, a local liquor, while his free-spending hosts
ordered up expensive wines.

Oct 4, 2013

Japan casinos would get Vegas-style regulator under legalisation plan

TOKYO, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Japan would establish an
independent gaming regulator modelled on the authorities that
police casinos in Las Vegas and Singapore under a draft plan to
legalise gambling in a market seen as potentially the
second-largest in the world.

The policy outline, which was prepared by Japanese lawmakers
who favour casinos and reviewed by Reuters, outlines broad
standards for licensing and regulating casino operators and
their partners.