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Japanese throng shrines to pray for profitable 2017
by Kiyoshi Takenaka
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4 January 2017
On 4 January 2017 Reuters reported:
Thousands packed a 1,300-year-old Shinto shrine in downtown Tokyo on Wednesday (4 January), the first official working day of 2017 in Japan, to pray for good luck and economic success in the new year. Investors did their part to kick off the year on a positive note, sending the Nikkei 225 index .N225 soaring 2.5 percent to its highest in 13 months. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was greeted by [joyful] crowds as he visited the Ise Grand Shrine, the holiest site in Japan's Shinto religion, near where Group of Seven leaders met last year for a summit. In downtown Tokyo, the Kanda Shrine was packed -- typical of many shrines and Buddhist temples over New Years. 'I'd like to do my best as company president and I prayed for my employees' health,' said businessman Yoshimichi Morishita.
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