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Asian, European foreign ministers condemn N. Korean nuclear test

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Taking up herewith Japanese National Trend News by Media.
"N. Korean nuclear test" is to be condemned styrongly, as a matter of course.
The action of protest by International Society is necessary, I'm sure.
Asian, European foreign ministers condemn N. Korean nuclear test
May 26, 2009 by AP

Asian and European foreign ministers on Tuesday condemned North Korea's nuclear test, saying it violates U.N. resolutions and other international agreements. The foreign ministers from 45 countries in Europe and Asia also urged the Myanmar junta to release pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who was jailed after an uninvited American swam across a lake and stayed at her home earlier this month. (AP)
Japan to impose outright exports ban on N. Korea following nuke test
May 26, 2009 by AP

Japan has decided to impose an outright ban on exports to North Korea as part of its efforts to toughen sanctions on Pyongyang following Monday's nuclear test by the country, government sources said Tuesday. But the proposed ban is expected to have only a limited impact on the reclusive nation, as the total value of exports is relatively small. (AP)

Households turn to bean sprouts, ketchup amid recession
May 26, 2009 by Bloomberg

Japan's deepest postwar recession is encouraging cash-strapped consumers to eat more bean sprouts, ketchup and cheap beef, according to a report by Dai-Ichi Life Research Institute. Spending by each household fell a record 69,509 yen ($734) in 2008. Consumers cut back the most on food, paring outlays by 16,952 yen. (Bloomberg)

Japan to provide up to $3 billion to small firms
May 25, 2009 by Reuters

Japanese Finance Minister Kaoru Yosano said on Tuesday that a government-affiliated bank would provide around $3 billion in loans to small Japanese firms to help them raise cash in the U.S. currency. The measure, which will be in place until the end of March 2010, adds to a series of government steps to support corporate fundraising amid tight credit markets worldwide. (Reuters)

Man gets 22 years for killing landlord in row over feeding stray cat
May 26, 2009 by Japan Times

A man who killed his landlord during a quarrel over feeding a stray cat was sentenced Monday to 22 years in prison after the court dismissed his insanity plea. (Japan Times)
Single parents on welfare lose child benefits
May 25, 2009 by Asahi

For tens of thousands of single parents on welfare across the country, their already-tough lives got tougher in April. That month, the government stopped paying monthly child benefits for children aged 15 or younger, ending a series of reductions that began in fiscal 2007. (Asahi)
By J.S. on 27 May, 2009



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