Japan's Pension Investments Take Record Loss

Japan's pension investments take record loss

Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund says it posted a record loss for the January-March quarter as share prices plummeted worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic. The loss for the quarter was 17.7 trillion yen, or about 165 billion dollars.

Other quarters of the year posted profits. The overall loss for the fiscal year through March was about 77 billion dollars. It is the first time since fiscal 2015 for the pension fund to record a loss for the full year, and the second largest annual loss since the global financial crisis in 2008.

The Music Video For Go!go!vanillas' New Song 'amazing Race' Was Shot In One Take

The music video for go!go!vanillas' new song 'Amazing Race' was shot in one take

The music video for go!go!vanillas' new song "Amazing Race" has been uploaded onto YouTube. 

"Amazing Race" marks the comeback of Hasegawa "Pretty" Keisuke, who was injured in December when he was struck by a large vehicle while walking in Tokyo. This video was shot in early-March at one of the live houses that the band was scheduled to perform at, but was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The performance scene was shot in just one take. 

Rakuten: Over 700 Hotels Can Take Patients

Rakuten: Over 700 hotels can take patients

E-commerce giant Rakuten says more than 700 hotels on its travel website can accommodate patients with mild symptoms of coronavirus.

Rakuten officials say they want to help free up space at overburdened hospitals. They say they are approaching 36,000 accommodations, and that so far, 744 say they are available. Rakuten says this would open up about 91,000 rooms.

Boj To Take Emergency Easing Measures

BOJ to take emergency easing measures

Policymakers at the Bank of Japan have announced measures to ease the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.

The BOJ met on Monday, two days ahead of schedule. The central bank will increase its purchases of exchange-traded funds from the current 6 trillion yen to 12 trillion yen a year, and it will double its acquisition of real estate investment funds to 180 billion yen per year.

Abductees' Relatives Request Govt. To Take Action

Abductees' relatives request govt. to take action

Relatives of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea have strongly urged the Japanese government to take measures to repatriate their loved ones as soon as possible.

The relatives, including Shigeo Iizuka and Akihiro Arimoto, met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Friday.

Sandaime J Soul Brothers Take On Various Professions In Pv For 'rat-tat-tat'

Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS take on various professions in PV for 'Rat-tat-tat'

Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS from EXILE TRIBE have unveiled the PV for their song "Rat-tat-tat." 

This song was originally released in digital form last September, and its "Rattattat dance" received more than 200 million views on the video sharing app TikTok. In the PV, the seven members do the "Rattattat dance" while dressed in different professions, such as a kindergarten teacher, host, and bodybuilder.

Minister Koizumi Will Take Paternity Leave

Minister Koizumi will take paternity leave

Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi will take childcare leave after the upcoming birth of his first baby.

When he assumed the post last September, Koizumi said he didn't want to leave everything up to his wife. He said he wanted to do more in the household.

Us Base Relocation May Take 12 Years, $8.5 Billion

US base relocation may take 12 years, $8.5 billion

Japan's Defense Ministry says it will take about 12 years and much more money than initially expected to complete the planned relocation of the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station.

The Ministry says building a replacement facility in the Henoko District of Nago City may cost about 8.5 billion dollars. That's more than 2.5 times the initial estimate.

Okinawa Base Landfill May Take 10 Years To Finish

Okinawa base landfill may take 10 years to finish

Japan's Defense Ministry is making arrangements to extend the planned completion date for the relocation of a US military base within Okinawa Prefecture.

The central government wants to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the less populated Henoko district in Nago City.

Japan-us Trade Deal Set To Take Effect Jan. 1

Japan-US trade deal set to take effect Jan. 1

A new trade deal between Japan and the US is expected to take effect on January 1 after Japan's government announced it had completed all the necessary procedures.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump agreed to the terms in September. Japanese lawmakers voted on Dec. 4 to approve the deal. Trump says it doesn't need congressional approval, as it is going through under a "fast track" process.

Take A Look At The Details Of Ohara Sakurako's New Single

Take a look at the details of Ohara Sakurako's new single

The details on Ohara Sakurako's new single that's scheduled for release on December 4 have been revealed. 

The title of Ohara's next single will be "Shine On Me." The title track was written by Ishiwatari Junji and Marutani Manabu and composed, arranged, and produced by Marutani. It's a dance tune, and Ohara dances in its PV, which will be revealed in the coming days. Additionally, it will include "Let Me Go" a collaboration song with Okajima Kanata and Ryosuke "Dr.R" Sakai. 

Imperial Couple To Take Part In A Number Of Events

Imperial couple to take part in a number of events

The Imperial couple will take part in a number of events related to the Emperor's enthronement in the coming weeks.

The ritual taking place from November 14 to 15 is the "Daijokyu-no-gi." This Imperial family event constitutes the main part of the "Daijosai," or the Great Thanksgiving Ceremony, which is held only once in the Emperor's reign, following his accession.

Imperial Procession To Take Place Soon

Imperial procession to take place soon

Tens of thousands of people are expected to line the streets of central Tokyo on Sunday afternoon to watch Emperor Naruhito's enthronement parade.

People have been gathering around the Imperial Palace since the morning so they can get a good look at the Imperial couple.