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Inflation rate slowest since war on falling prices began

Feb 27, 2015

Inflation rate slowest since war on falling prices began

The inflation rate has fallen to its lowest level since just after the Abe administration launched its high-profile offensive aimed at conquering years of falling prices and tepid growth, data showed Friday. The disappointing figures — weighed down by weak consumer spending and falling ...

U.S. fast food chain Taco Bell to re-enter Japanese market

Feb 27, 2015

U.S. fast food chain Taco Bell to re-enter Japanese market

Taco Bell Corp., a major U.S. fast food chain, will reopen restaurants in Japan, joining forces with Asrapport Dining Co., a Japanese operator of restaurant franchises, the Japanese company announced Thursday. The first outlet is expected to open in central Tokyo by fall this ...

Feb 27, 2015

Mystery Apple event planned for March 9, likely for new smartwatch

Apple sent invitations Thursday for a mystery event due to take place March 9, amid speculation about an imminent launch of its much anticipated Apple Watch. The invitation simply said “Spring Forward,” referring to the fact that clocks will spring forward one hour in ...

| Feb 26, 2015

Nikkei rises on pension fund news

Stocks staged a sharp rally Thursday, backed by a decision by a body managing government workers’ pensions to boost investment in domestic stocks. The Nikkei 225 average surged 200.59 points, or 1.08 percent, to end at 18,785.79, its highest close in 14 years and ...

China media pooh-poohs Japanese luxury toilet seats

Feb 26, 2015

China media pooh-poohs Japanese luxury toilet seats

Japan’s luxury lavatories have become the latest flash point with China, after Beijing’s state-run media launched a thunderous tirade against built-in washers and pre-warmed seats on Thursday. The Global Times, which is affiliated with the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, devoted the editorial in ...

Court rules Sharp cannot monopolize Igzo brand name

Feb 26, 2015

Court rules Sharp cannot monopolize Igzo brand name

The Intellectual Property High Court in Tokyo has ruled that Sharp Corp., which markets display panel technology for smartphones and other devices under the Igzo brand name, does not have exclusive rights to the term. Sharp had sought the withdrawal of an earlier decision ...