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---------- Osaka Mayor Hashimoto cancels trip to United States
OSAKA - Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said Tuesday he has canceled his planned trip to the United States in mid-June, after causing outrage with his earlier remarks urging U.S. forces to use Japan's legal adult entertainment industry to prevent sexual offenses.
"I have decided to cancel it," Hashimoto told reporters at Osaka city hall, noting his trip would place a burden on the people he was planning to visit and would be of "no merit."
---------- Miura returns home after scaling Mt. Everest at 80
TOKYO - Japanese alpinist Yuichiro Miura returned to Tokyo on Wednesday morning after becoming the oldest person to scale Mt. Everest at the age of 80.
After leaving Japan on March 29, Miura reached the 8,848-meter summit on May 23, surpassing the previous record set by a 76-year-old Nepali climber.
---------- Population of mud hoppers marks 8-fold rise in 16 yrs
SAGA, Japan - The population of mud hoppers in the Ariake Sea in southwestern Japan has shown an eight-fold increase in the first survey in 16 years, as they have been able to easily survive winters amid a temperature rise, a research institute said Wednesday.
Mud hoppers, known as Mutsuguro, live in mudflats of the Ariake and Yatsushiro seas in the Kyushu region. Their population has been declining since 1970 due to environmental change and overhunting, prompting the Environment Ministry to designate them in February as a species facing extinction in the near future.
---------- Gov't presents growth strategy outline
TOKYO - The government on Wednesday presented the outlines of its economic growth strategy, designating the upcoming three years as an "intensive investment promotion period" to support development of growth areas, such as health and energy.
The growth strategy, one of the "three arrows" of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies dubbed "Abenomics," will be adopted at the Cabinet meeting in mid-June, with the aim of activating the economy through private investment and achieving wage hikes and higher employment.
---------- Dollar trades in mid-102 yen in early Tokyo deal
TOKYO - The U.S. dollar traded in the mid-102 yen level in Tokyo early Wednesday, slightly up from the overnight level in New York.
At 9 a.m., the dollar fetched 102.50-52 yen compared with 102.32-42 yen in New York and 102.23-24 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
---------- Tokyo stocks open higher on yen's weakness, robust U.S. data
TOKYO - Tokyo stocks opened higher Wednesday as a falling yen and robust U.S. economic gauges stirred expectations for strong business performances of export-oriented firms.
At 9:15 a.m., the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average was up 55.77 points, or 0.39 percent, from Tuesday at 14,367.75, after climbing to as high as 14,512.28. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 14.40 points, or 1.23 percent, at 1,182.67.