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Cerberus plans 45% Seibu Holdings stake

Apr 06, 2013

Cerberus plans 45% Seibu Holdings stake

U.S. private equity fund Cerberus Capital Management LP said Friday it aims to raise its stake in Seibu Holdings Inc. to nearly 45 percent in an apparent bid to take the initiative in managing the railway and hotel operator. Cerberus, already the largest shareholder ...

Boar rampage leaves eight hurt in Hyogo town

Apr 06, 2013

Boar rampage leaves eight hurt in Hyogo town

A large wild boar went on a rampage Thursday in Taishi, Hyogo Prefecture, leaving eight people, mostly senior citizens, injured. A 62-year-old woman was severely injured after being bit by the animal in her leg and stomach, while a schoolgirl, 13, and six residents ...

Ferrari: Japan growth market as China, EU slump

Apr 06, 2013

Ferrari: Japan growth market as China, EU slump

by Anna Mukai

Japan is becoming Ferrari’s next growth market. Registrations of Fiat SpA’s ultra-luxury brand surged 40 percent to 144 vehicles in Japan last quarter, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said Thursday. That’s more than twice the growth in the larger U.S. market, while demand is ...

Cameron uses Korean crisis to defend nuclear arsenal

Apr 06, 2013

Cameron uses Korean crisis to defend nuclear arsenal

Prime Minister David Cameron warned against any move to abandon the U.K.’s submarine-based nuclear weapons, citing a growing threat from North Korea and Iran as his Liberal Democrat coalition partners consider scaling back the missile program. Writing in the London-based Daily Telegraph newspaper Friday, ...

Apr 06, 2013

Economy remains shaky

The Bank of Japan's latest survey of business sentiment shows that confidence among major manufacturers improved in the first quarter of 2013.

Apr 06, 2013

A new era in space observation

The main part of the world's most powerful radio observatory, ALMA — in which Japan has a 30 percent stake — is inaugurated in northern Chile.

Irrepressible Irishman promotes Japan culture

Apr 06, 2013

Irrepressible Irishman promotes Japan culture

by Kris Kosaka

Humor may be the hardest genre to translate, but laughter speaks any language. Poet and literary translator Peter MacMillan’s recent foray into visual art, “Thirty-Six New Views of Mount Fuji,” delights with wry whimsicality, employing mixed-media print-making to reveal a multicultural drollery. It’s exactly ...