Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap

AMMAN/TOKYO - An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless a woman jailed in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. | Video

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BOJ's Kuroda says must look at long-term price trend

TOKYO, Jan 29 - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Thursday it was important to look not just at price moves of individual goods but at the medium- to long-term trend of inflation.

12:16pm IST

UPDATE 1-Japan's Skymark to stop flying Airbus A330 in favour of Boeing-only fleet

Jan 29 - Japan's Skymark Airlines said it will stop flying Airbus A330 jets in favor of a single-model fleet of Boeing Co 737 aircraft to cut costs after the discount carrier filed for protection from creditors late on Wednesday.

Japan chief spokesman: chances high that message of IS captive is authentic

TOKYO - Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday that chances were high that the latest audio message purportedly from a Japanese captive held by Islamic State militants is authentic, and government ministers will meet later to discuss the issue.

World, Top News, 8:04am IST

Japan's Abe: Govt making every effort to ensure release of Japanese captives

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday the government is making every effort to ensure early release of a Japanese captive.

World, 6:50am IST

Japan retail sales rise for six straight month in sign of recovery

TOKYO - Japan's retail sales rose for a sixth straight month in December, providing evidence of a gradual recovery in private consumption as the economy climbs out of recession.

6:17am IST