Fire rages in Itoigawa

  • Fire rages in Itoigawa

    NIIGATA — A fire raged in the city of Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture, on Thursday after a Chinese restaurant caught fire at about 10:30 a.m. By evening, the fire had spread to 140 houses and buildings on strong winds, and continued to expand. Two people sustained minor injuries. The Itoigawa muni…

  • Record ¥97.45 tril. budget adopted to battle deflation

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government adopted on Thursday a general-account budget plan for fiscal 2017 with record spending of ¥97.4547 trillion, focusing on child care support and other measures aimed at bailing the country out of deflation. The sum, hitting a record high for the fifth straight …

  • Trump picks China hawk to lead new White House trade council

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In another sign that he intends to shake up relations with China, President-elect Donald Trump named economist Peter Navarro to lead a newly created White House council on trade. The University of California-Irvine professor, who advised Trump during the campaign, has sharply c…

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