Jul 24, 2014

Protective Life shareholder sues over $5.7 billion Dai-ichi deal

Protective Life Corp. is being sued by a shareholder who says a proposed $5.7 billion purchase of the company by Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. is unfair to investors because other potential bidders were locked out. Dai-ichi, the nation’s second-largest life insurer, announced last month ...

Jul 24, 2014

ANA to launch daily Haneda-Nagoya flights in October

All Nippon Airways Co. says it will launch daily round-trip flights between Tokyo’s Haneda airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport starting Oct. 26 to better serve travelers going overseas from central Japan. The move ties in with ANA’s launch in March of international services ...

AKB48 singer co-writes book on Constitution

Jul 24, 2014

AKB48 singer co-writes book on Constitution

Natsuki Uchiyama, an 18-year-old member of the all-female idol group AKB48 who is known for reciting passages from the Constitution on stage, has now co-written a book about her favorite subject. “Constitutionalism,” written in collaboration with Shigeru Minamino, an associate professor at the Kyushu ...

Jul 24, 2014

Random checks catch 99 tipsy Indian pilots since 2011

Random Indian preflight safety checks have caught 99 tipsy pilots since 2011, the national aviation minister told parliament on Monday. The revelation could fuel questions about airline discipline and whether safety procedures in India’s fast-growing industry need to be tightened further. “Since 2011 a ...

Jul 24, 2014

Australian senator's ideal man: rich and 'well-hung'

An Australian senator who told breakfast radio she would only date men who were rich and “well-hung” apologized Tuesday, saying she had tried to hide her embarrassment with a joke. Jacqui Lambie, who took her seat in the national parliament’s upper house earlier this ...

Jul 24, 2014

China censors squash reports on giant inflatable toad

Chinese reports about a giant inflatable toad have been deleted from the Internet after social media users compared the puffed-up animal to a former Communist Party chief. The installation of a giant inflatable duck in Hong Kong’s harbour last year sparked a national craze ...

Nagasaki bomb museum shows 26 new photos

Jul 24, 2014

Nagasaki bomb museum shows 26 new photos

The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is exhibiting 26 recently discovered photographs taken a year and four months after the bomb was dropped on Aug. 9, 1945. Nagasaki Municipal Government officials found the pictures, including one showing ground zero, at the U.S. National Archives. Notes ...

Jul 24, 2014

Dogs are capable of feeling jealousy, U.S. study says

Dogs are a man’s best friend, and research released on Wednesday says canines want to keep it that way. Dogs are capable of feeling a basic form of jealousy, according to a study published in the PLOS ONE scientific journal. The research, said to ...