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Mobile phone use is dangerous for train passengers in Japan
 
The survey of railway passengers in Japan has led to increased concerns about the way people use their mobile phones.
 
Last month, a group of researchers of the University of Tsukuba, headed by Professor Katsumi Tokuda interviewed about 650 students who use rail to Tokyo, Osaka and the surrounding prefectures.

Approximately 60% of respondents said that during the use of mobile phones become parties to conflicts with other people and objects, or were very close to it.


It is urged not to use mobile phones at Japanese railway stations

Employees of the Japanese railway company JR Higashinihon want passengers to not use cell phones during transitions within the stations.

They decided to launch a campaign after a fifth-grader received minor injuries after falling from a platform on the way to Tokyo's Yotsuya station. The reason for the fall was that he was looking at the screen of your mobile phone.

Shinjuku Station in Tokyo there were posters that call to abandon the use of mobile phones while on the move, as well as sound radio announcements.


Consumer confidence in Japan has reached the highest level in 6 years

In May, the fifth month in a row in Japan is an increase in consumer confidence, which reached its highest level in six years.

As recent data, in May, consumer confidence was 45.7 points - 1.2 points higher than in April.

This increase is explained by growing expectations that the economic policy of the government and a weak yen will help improve corporate profits.


Japan will increase exports of medical equipment

Manufacturers of medical devices in Japan are expanding their business abroad.

This is done in accordance with the plan of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to increase exports of medical equipment and services, making the industry one of the pillars of its growth strategy.

Hitachi Company sells devices for Asian proton radiation therapy used in oncology, arguing that has fewer side effects than by chemotherapy. Before that Hitachi has penetrated the U.S. market.

In March, Toshiba Medical Systems has established in Turkey a hub for marketing in the Middle East. In this region, the demand for advanced medical equipment for wealthy patients.

The company also plans to increase training for foreign workers in the field of inspection and repair of equipment in order to break away from their American and European competitors in the services sector.

The company president says government support is needed to promote the sales of its products in the rapidly developing countries.


Suga expressed Japan's desire to rebuild relationships with China

Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan Esihide Suga expressed his country's desire to rebuild the relationship with China. He said this after the leaders of China and the United States agreed to establish closer bilateral ties.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed at the two-day summit, a number of different issues, including cybersecurity, and North Korea.

Suga said on Monday that Japan welcomes closer ties between the two world powers. He added that the strengthening of relations will benefit the peace and security in the region and globally.

According to Suga, Obama took part in the summit with a clear understanding of Japanese positions on issues related to China. He said that Japan and the United States have discussed these issues prior to the meeting.

Suga said Japan will continue to strengthen the alliance with the United States.

He also said that Japan and China should pay attention to building mutually beneficial relationships that can not destabilize the individual questions.


Nikkei index rose in Tokyo on Monday 

After the collapse of the previous week on Monday stock prices in Tokyo rose sharply and closed with the highest growth on items for about 4 years and 8 months.

On Monday morning, the Tokyo Stock Exchange saw an increase in shares of companies the full range of industries, owing to expectations of further U.S. monetary policy easing. In response to the depreciation of the yen during afternoon trading was taken more orders for the purchase of shares.

By the end of trading on Monday, the Nikkei average index was 13.514 points, which is 636 points higher than the level at the close of trading last Friday. At the same time it represents the largest increase in the Nikkei index in a single day since 30 October 2008.


Japan's current account surplus almost doubled in April

Japan's current account surplus almost doubled in April compared with the same period last year. A positive current account balance has been observed for the third month in a row.

Officials of the Ministry of Finance said on Monday that, according to preliminary figures, the current account surplus amounted to 7 billion 600 million dollars.

The trade deficit was about 8 billion 300 million dollars. On the other hand, exports increased by 2.7%, mainly due to deliveries of cars and parts.

However, imports jumped compared with the previous year by 9% in Jenova year. The weakening of the yen led to higher prices for imported products such as liquefied natural gas.

Employees of the Ministry of Finance also reported a surplus of $ 21 billion dollars in revenue from interest on capital and dividends. This figure increased by about 52% compared to last year and was the largest year-on-year since 1985.

According to them, the weakening of the yen led to an increase in revenue from the cost of interest on capital and dividends received abroad. This increase was enough to cover the increase in the trade deficit.


Evaluation of Japan's GDP in the first quarter of the year was changed upward

Japan revised its economic growth rate in the quarter from January to March upward to one per cent, which is 0.1 percentage points higher than the preliminary figure published last month.

On Monday, the Japanese Cabinet Office said that a revised GDP in real terms, based on an annual rate of 4.1%. This is 0.6 percentage points more than the original figure.

The growth of corporate investment in factories and equipment has also been revised and changed from minus 0.7% to minus 0.3%.

Nominal GDP growth was increased from 1.5% to 2.2%. This figure reflects the change in the prices of goods.

Office of the Cabinet of Ministers said that the capital investment remained lower than in the previous quarter, despite the revision of the index upward, and that the Japanese economy is still heavily relied on a weaker yen and higher stock prices.

The Office added that Japan needed to enforce its growth strategy to increase investment.

Source: NHK
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