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Obama seeks to ease Asian allies' doubts during visit to Japan

TOKYO - President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Tokyo and other Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that Washington's real aim is to contain Beijing's rise.

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Visitors flock to China memorial to Japanese official's assassin

BEIJING - A memorial to a Korean who assassinated a Japanese official more than a century ago has drawn a flood of visitors since it opened in China in January despite Japanese criticism.

World, 2:45pm IST

UPDATE 1-Japan's Meiji Yasuda Life to raise foreign bond holdings

TOKYO, April 23 - Japan's Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance said on Wednesday that it plans to keep the bulk of its investments in yen bonds but also wants to continue increasing foreign bond holdings in the year through 2015 in search of better returns.

1:19pm IST

Japan's Sumitomo Life plans a shift to foreign bonds from JGBs

TOKYO, April 23 - Sumitomo Life Insurance, Japan's fourth largest life insurance company, plans to shift some of its funds into foreign bonds from long-term domestic bonds, as bond yields in Japan are too low, a senior company official said on Wednesday

1:12pm IST

Nikkei gains on Wall Street rally, investors cautious ahead of earnings

TOKYO - Japanese stocks rose on Wednesday, spurred by Wall Street gains on solid earnings and merger activity, but buying was tempered ahead of the looming local reporting season.

Business, 11:46am IST

Japan's Meiji Yasuda Life to increase foreign bond holdings

TOKYO, April 23 - Japan's Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance said on Wednesday that it plans to continue to keep a bulk of its investments in yen bonds but also wants to keep increasing foreign bond holdings in the year through 2015 in search of better returns.

10:58am IST