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Tokyo is aiming to close a loophole in its tax code that foreign companies have used to avoid paying taxes on corporate bonds issued to finance their businesses in Japan, a Finance Ministry official said on Monday.

The move comes as Japan, faced with huge public debt and strained finances, struggles to get its fiscal house in order. (Source: Reuters)

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The European Union expressed concern Friday over some aspects of the revisions to Japan’s corporate law and what effect they may have on European banks and insurance companies operating in Japan, Japanese and EU officials said.

The EU said the revised corporate law, to take effect next spring, does not address the taxation aspects for foreign companies engaging in mergers and acquisitions activities with Japanese firms in Japan and thus the rules for qualified tax-neutral mergers are not applicable to them. (Source: Japan Today)

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The Financial Services Agency ordered 26 nonlife insurers Friday to make improvements after failing to honor more than 8 billion yen in legitimate insurance claims in a scandal that has deepened worries about the faltering industry. The Financial Services Agency ordered 26 nonlife insurers Friday to make improvements after failing to honor more than 8 billion yen in legitimate insurance claims in a scandal that has deepened worries about the faltering industry. (Source: Japan Times)

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Heute fand die offizielle Pressekonferenz der deutsch-japanischen Kinoproduktion “Baruto no Gakuen” (??????) statt.
Der von den Toei Film Studios produzierte Film erzählt vom Leben deutscher Soldaten, die im ersten Weltkrieg von Japanern gefangen genommen wurden und mehrere Jahre im Gefangenenlager Bando (Tokushima) verbringen mussten.
Bis Januar werden Tübinger Studenten als Statisten an diesem Projekt mitarbeiten. Die Hauptrollen übernehmen Bruno Ganz und Ken Matsudaira. Regie führt Masanobu Deme, ehemaliger Regieassistent von Akira Kurosawa. Der Film kommt in Japan im Sommer 2006 in die Kinos. Kinostart in Deutschland steht noch nicht fest.
Für weitere Informationen stehen folgende links zur Verfügung:
Offizielle website zum Film
IMDB Eintrag (Internet Movie Database)
Offizielle Ankündigung der Toei Film Studios
Virtuelle Bando Ausstellung des DIJ

(Filed under: Deutsche News, Life in Japan )





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Mrs. Laura Bush accepts a cup of tea from a student in the Tea Ceremony Classroom at Doshisha Girls Junior High School and Senior High School during her visit Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, to Kyoto, Japan. With Mrs. Bush are Susanne Schieffer, wife of U.S. Ambassador Thomas Schieffer, and Mrs. Hanayo Kato, wife of Japanese Ambassador Ryozo Kato. (White House photo by Shealah Craighead. Source: The White House)

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Japan’s government on Monday tried to calm a potentially explosive row with the central bank over the timing of monetary tightening, saying there was no “wavering of trust” in its relationship with the Bank of Japan.

The ministry of finance (MoF) has become increasingly nervous at signs that the central bank is preparing to exit from its ultra-loose quantitative easing policy in the first half of next year as deflation is finally squeezed from the economy. (Source: FT)

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Foreign money, nearly two-thirds of it from North America, has piled into the Japan in recent months, fueling a 27 percent jump in the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s benchmark Nikkei 225 Index since May and feeding record-high trading volumes.

Overseas investors plowed a net 4.753 trillion yen (US$40.6 billion; euro33.8 billion) into Japanese shares from July to September alone — more than half of last year’s total — and now account for 60 percent of daily trading, according to Tokyo Stock Exchange data. A quarter of all shares listed in Tokyo are currently owned by non-Japanese investors. (Source: Mainichi)

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Dramatic demographic changes and big money available for consumption in Japan are shifting consumer markets and demand, and U.S. investors are poised to gain from the growing Japanese desire for luxurious goods and lifestyles.

Long renowned for their industrious savings, Japanese consumers are finally opening their wallets. And the spending habits are a big reason for government officials and economists to be optimistic that Japan’s economic rebound will stick. (Source: Mainichi)

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