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Government, Japan Inc. trying to assess Brexit impact on U.K. operations

The government and private companies are stepping up efforts to assess the potential impact of Britain leaving the European Union as London formally notified Brussels of its withdrawal from the bloc. “There will be significant impact on businesses,” Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko said at a meeting Wednesday ...

McDonald's pitches fresh beef for Quarter Pounder in U.S.

Mar 31, 2017

McDonald's pitches fresh beef for Quarter Pounder in U.S.

McDonald’s announced Thursday it will shift to fresh beef in its new made-to-order Quarter Pounder hamburgers in most U.S. restaurants as it seeks to beef up sales in its home market. The fast-food chain by mid-2018 will shift away from frozen beef on the ...

JNR privatization sees successes, stragglers 30 years on

/ Mar 31, 2017

JNR privatization sees successes, stragglers 30 years on

Japan has witnessed both positive and negative aspects from the Japanese National Railways breakup and rebirth into seven Japan Railways Group companies in a grand scheme to privatize the state-run train services 30 years ago. In a shift to strategies focusing on profit generation ...

Environmental groups sue over Keystone XL pipeline approval

Mar 31, 2017

Environmental groups sue over Keystone XL pipeline approval

A coalition of environmental groups challenged the federal permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in court on Thursday because they say additional environmental scrutiny is needed. The Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups say the initial environmental review completed in ...

SpaceX poised to launch its first recycled booster

Mar 31, 2017

SpaceX poised to launch its first recycled booster

SpaceX is about to launch its first recycled rocket. The Falcon 9 rocket is on the pad at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, poised for a Thursday evening liftoff. It’s the first time SpaceX founder Elon Musk has tried to fly a salvaged booster. The ...

Ford taps 400 from BlackBerry for Canada connected car research

/ Mar 31, 2017

Ford taps 400 from BlackBerry for Canada connected car research

Ford Motor Co. will hire approximately 400 employees from embattled communications company BlackBerry Ltd. as part of sizable new investments in Canada that include a connected-vehicle research center in Ottawa, the smartphone maker said Thursday. Ford said the Ottawa research center is part of ...

/ Mar 30, 2017

Tokyo stocks fall on halt to yen's drop

Stocks lost ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday, with investor sentiment hurt by a halt to the yen’s weakening against the dollar. The 225-issue Nikkei average shed 154.26 points, or 0.80 percent, to close at 19,063.22. On Wednesday, the key market gauge gained ...

FDA approves first drug for primary progressive MS

Mar 30, 2017

FDA approves first drug for primary progressive MS

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug for an aggressive kind of multiple sclerosis that steadily reduces coordination and the ability to walk. The Food and Drug Administration approved Ocrevus late Tuesday after a large study found it slowed progression of the neurological disease ...