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Dec 29, 2012

LDP's Machimura leaves hospital

Former Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura was discharged from a hospital Thursday after falling ill in September while running in the Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership race. “I am finally back on the street,” Machimura said at a meeting of his intraparty faction, vowing to tackle ...

Dec 29, 2012

CSKA to offer Honda extended deal

CSKA Moscow will begin talks with Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda about a contract extension through the summer of 2015, a Russian website reported on Thursday. Honda’s existing deal with the Russian Premier League leaders expires at the end of next year. According to sports.ru, ...

Dec 29, 2012

Dow edges lower as deadline looms

Stocks dipped Thursday in the absence of a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” crisis as an end-of-year deadline crept closer. The Dow Jones industrial average finished the session down 18.28 points, or 0.14 percent, at 13,096.31. The broad-market S&P 500 slipped 1.73 points ...

| Dec 29, 2012

Penguins parade near Osaka aquarium

Visitors to Osaka’s Kaiyukan aquarium can watch king penguins parading in front of the building on most days until Jan. 14. The birds will take about 20 minutes to walk about 70 meters, and the scheduled times are 11:30 a.m., 1:45 and 3:45. p.m. ...

Dec 29, 2012

Rapid move to e-books surprises experts, roils market

America’s obsession with digital tablets is driving a boom in e-book reading, a new survey shows, a trend that is dampening the appeal of printed books and shaking the centuries-old publishing business. The share of Americans who read e-books grew to 23 percent from ...

Dec 29, 2012

Mitsubishi UFJ to tie up with, advise key Myanmar lender

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. said Friday it will ally with Myanmar’s Co-operative Bank Ltd. to tap growing demand for financial services in the Southeast Asian nation as it shifts to democracy. Lending unit Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. agreed Thursday on a preliminary ...

Dec 29, 2012

China 1950 paper says Senkakus are Japan's

A Chinese government document from 1950 appears to refute China’s current claim to the Senkakus by indicating the islets are part of Japan’s territory and referring to them by their Japanese name, a just-obtained copy revealed. In the 10-page document revealed Thursday, China refers ...

Dec 29, 2012

Park to meet special envoy Jan. 4

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party on Friday said President-elect Park Geun Hye will meet on Jan. 4 with former Finance Minister Fukushiro Nukaga, whom Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will send to Seoul as a special envoy. Nukaga serves as secretary general of the Japan-South ...

Post-3/11 output drop tops forecast

Dec 29, 2012

Post-3/11 output drop tops forecast

The nation’s industrial output tumbled more than forecast to the lowest level since the aftermath of the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, bolstering the case for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to unleash large-scale stimulus. The 1.7 percent drop in November from October ...

NRA team starts second fault survey at Oi plant

Dec 29, 2012

NRA team starts second fault survey at Oi plant

A Nuclear Regulation Authority team started a second survey Friday at the Oi nuclear power plant to determine whether there are active faults beneath it. If the team confirms the presence of an active fault in the two-day study, Kansai Electric Power Co. will ...

Dec 28, 2012

Kajiyama leaves Tokyo for Greece

FC Tokyo midfielder Yohei Kajiyama departed for Greece on Thursday to complete his transfer to Athens-based defending Greek League champions Panathinaikos. “I felt the level (of play) is high and I was motivated by that challenge,” said the 27-year-old, who represented Japan at the ...

Dec 28, 2012

Global suds slug: 152 Tokyo Domes

Global beer consumption last year rose 3.8 percent from 2011 to 188.78 million kiloliters, marking the 26th consecutive annual increase, according to a Kirin Holdings Co. research arm. The Kirin Institute of Food and Lifestyle said Wednesday sales were backed by brisk demand in ...

Dec 28, 2012

Bonus drops first time in three years

The winter bonus has shrunk for the first time in three years in the face of the strong yen and the sluggish global economy, according to a survey by the Keidanren business lobby. At major companies, the bonus shrank 2.95 percent to an average ...

Dec 28, 2012

Tokyo to be packed with nontraditional parties

by Eriko Arita

Not interested in a traditional Japanese New Year’s Eve? I’ve often spent my countdowns in the salsa-music dance clubs of the Roppongi district in Tokyo. Latin-music fans gather at clubs such as Salsa Caribe in Roppongi (www.salsacaribe.jp) and Las Risas in Ginza (www.lasrisas.com) — ...

Dec 28, 2012

Buffaloes sign Dickson, Rottino

The Orix Buffaloes said Wednesday they have acquired the services of right-hander Brandon Dickson and outfielder Vinny Rottino on one-year contracts worth $350,000, plus performance-based incentives. Dickson, 28, made four relief appearances for the St. Louis Cardinals this year. He was 0-0 with a ...