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Analysts maintain upbeat views Aflac

Analysts maintained positive views on insurer Aflac Inc. following the company's second-quarter earnings report. Full story

China's Xi says seeks peace in sea disputes but must be alert

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping told his Politburo on Wednesday the country wanted to resolve its maritime territorial disputes peacefully and through talks, but would not compromise on sovereignty and had to step up its defensive capabilities. Full story

Japan resumes wheat imports to glee of US growers

Japan has agreed to resume importing Northwest soft white wheat two months after a genetically modified rogue strain of the crop appeared in an Oregon farmer's field. Full story

Exclusive: Pentagon's chief weapons buyer builds Japan ties as it eyes arms exports

TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department's chief weapons buyer, Frank Kendall, will on Thursday meet officials in Tokyo overseeing Japan's defense contractors, his first visit with industry regulators reviewing the pacifist nation's decades-old ban on overseas arms sales. Full story

Japan PM seen keeping to sales tax schedule in crucial reform

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on course to raise Japan's sales tax as scheduled in a crucial step toward fixing the nation's tattered finances, despite calls in his government to water down the increase, senior coalition officials said on Wednesday. Full story

Honda seeks to recover U.S. market share; Mazda, Subaru grow

TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co <7267.T> aims to recover market share in its biggest market the United States, where it slightly dropped in the first half of 2013, banking that its redesigned SUV will help boost sales. Full story

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  Aflac posts profit beat thanks to Japan

Daniel Amos, Aflac chairman & CEO, discusses how stronger premium growth in Japan boosted earnings in the second quarter and explains why guidance for the third quarter will likely fall short of expectations.

  Caroline Kennedy nominated as Japan ambassador

The former first daughter who helped President Obama win the nomination in 2008, will be named the next ambassador to Japan, following in the footsteps of her grandfather, who was ambassador to Great Britain. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

  Weiner vows to stay in NYC mayoral race

Anthony Weiner is rejecting calls to drop out of the New York City mayoral race. The Daily Beast’s Paula Szuchman discusses what happens next.

  Weiner: ‘This is not about me’

After admitting to a new spate of raunchy online behavior that began a full year after he resigned from Congress in disgrace, Anthony Weiner is still fighting to stay in the New York City mayoral race. His latest confession, however, has prompted criticism and even outrage from editorial writers and

  Wilbur Ross: Future of Japan

Wilbur Ross, chairman & CEO, WL Ross & Co. LLC, talks about the mood in Japan right now, as well as the country's future.

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