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U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea in 1965 dies aged 77

TOKYO A U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan aged 77. | Video

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Japan to stress to U.N. chief need to 'maximise pressure' on North Korea

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will stress to the U.N. secretary-general his opposition to talks with North Korea and will instead urge maximum pressure to get it to abandon its weapons programmes, a Japanese official said on Tuesday.

World, 1:38pm IST

Risks lurk as yen keeps BOJ from faster tapering despite stronger economy

TOKYO Regardless of a return to solid economic growth, the risk of sharp appreciation in the yen means Japan's central bank would be in no rush to exit its ultra-loose monetary policy, say sources familiar with the bank's thinking.

1:12pm IST

Analysis: Risks lurk as yen keeps BOJ from faster tapering despite stronger economy

TOKYO Regardless of a return to solid economic growth, the risk of sharp appreciation in the yen means Japan's central bank would be in no rush to exit its ultra-loose monetary policy, say sources familiar with the bank's thinking.

Japanese stocks slip before Fed; but miners, shippers rise

TOKYO, Dec 12 Japan's Nikkei slipped on Tuesday, reversing earlier gains as investors turned cautious ahead of this week's U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting.

Regulatory News, 11:51am IST

Breakingviews - Anti-LBO activist could benefit Toshiba investors

HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - A last-minute activist attack on Toshiba could be good for investors. Argyle Street Management argues the Japanese conglomerate need not follow through on an $18 billion leveraged buyout of its NAND flash-memory business. The Hong Kong hedge-fund manager has a solid case. While an immediate halt is unlikely, a later U-turn is both possible and desirable.

10:15am IST