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Oct 31, 2012

Murofushi undecided on Rio Games

Koji Murofushi, the London Olympic bronze medalist in the hammer throw, will continue with his career but remains unsure whether he will shoot for the next Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Kyodo News learned on Monday. Murofushi, 38, will take part in next ...

Oct 31, 2012

Methane hydrates found in EEZ

Methane hydrates, viewed as a next-generation energy source, have been found under the sea in two areas of Japan’s exclusive economic zone, a group of researchers said. The group also said it has collected methane hydrates in layers several meters below the seabed at ...

Oct 31, 2012

Hitachi to buy Britain's nuclear Horizon

High-tech firm Hitachi said Tuesday it will buy British nuclear power venture Horizon to expand its nuclear business overseas as post-Fukushima Japan remains wary over the technology. The company said it has agreed with Horizon Nuclear Power’s 50-50 German owners E.ON and RWE to ...

Oct 31, 2012

Sharp in LCD talks with Apple, Google

Sharp Corp. has entered talks with Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. on forming alliances for its advanced liquid crystal display panels, sources said. Sharp came up with the idea with an eye to possible joint development of digital products such as tablets ...

Oct 31, 2012

Hokkaido power-saving goal: 7%

The government is considering asking people in Hokkaido to cut electricity use by 7 percent this winter from the level in fiscal 2010 in the face of the suspension of Hokkaido Electric Power Co.’s Tomari nuclear power plant, sources said Tuesday. No numerical power ...

Fighters come alive in Japan Series

Oct 31, 2012

Fighters come alive in Japan Series

by Jason Coskrey

A change in scenery got the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters back in their comfort zone and back in the Japan Series. With former star Yu Darvish watching as a guest commentator for the television broadcast, Atsunori Inaba roused a slumping offense with an early ...

Oct 31, 2012

MMC logs half-year profit drop of 9.9%

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Tuesday its operating profit for the April- September period dropped 9.9 percent from a year earlier to ¥30.82 billion, citing the yen’s strength and sluggish sales in Europe and China. Its group net profit for the six-month period almost tripled ...

Oct 31, 2012

Industrial output drop is biggest since 3/11

Industrial production fell 4.1 percent in September from the previous month in the sharpest drop since the March 2011 quake-tsunami catastrophe, government data showed Tuesday. The third consecutive monthly decline in the index of output at factories came on the back of weak external ...

Madrid bid leader says Spain needs boost

Oct 31, 2012

Madrid bid leader says Spain needs boost

Madrid winning the right to host the 2020 Olympic Summer Games would deliver just the boost that is needed as Spain battles against a grueling recession, the bid leader Alejandro Blanco said in an interview. The 62-year-old president of the Spanish National Olympic Committee, ...

Oct 31, 2012

Jobless rate shows no improvement

The government released data Tuesday suggesting employment conditions have come under growing pressure from the slowing economy, with job availability marking its first fall in more than three years. The unemployment rate stayed at 4.2 percent in September, unchanged from the previous month. But ...

Oct 31, 2012

Corporate bankruptcies triggered by March 2011 disasters top 1,000

The number of corporate bankruptcies triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami has topped 1,000, according to a credit research agency. Teikoku Databank Ltd. said the figure is around 3.4 times the number of business failures recorded in the 19-month period following the ...

Oct 31, 2012

Honda, Malaysia's Proton may share platform

Honda Motor Co. may share car platforms and production facilities with Malaysian national carmaker Proton Holdings. The pair will also explore opportunities to collaborate in technology and new product lines under an agreement signed Monday, according to a Kuala Lumpur stock exchange filing by ...

Oct 31, 2012

¥11 trillion added to BOJ asset fund

The Bank of Japan on Tuesday added to monetary stimulus for the second time in two months, the fastest pace of easing in nearly a decade, as it moved to shore up an economy at risk of contraction. The central bank expanded its asset-purchase ...

Oct 31, 2012

Hitachi profit falls on economy, disk-drive unit sale

Hitachi Ltd. posted a 52 percent drop in quarterly profit after selling a hard-disk drive unit and experiencing weaker demand amid the global economic slowdown. Net income fell to ¥23.1 billion in the three months that ended in September from ¥48 billion a year ...

Oct 30, 2012

Honda on target in win over Grozny

Keisuke Honda showed he is hitting top form ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifier, the Japan midfielder scoring his sixth goal of the season Sunday in CSKA Moscow’s 2-1 away win over Terek Grozny in the Russian Premier League. Group B leader Japan ...

Hawks' Settsu earns Sawamura Award

Oct 30, 2012

Hawks' Settsu earns Sawamura Award

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander Tadashi Settsu was named Monday this year’s winner of the Sawamura Award, the Japanese equivalent of the Cy Young in the major leagues. Settsu was chosen as NPB’s most outstanding pitcher of 2012 after leading both leagues with 17 wins ...