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Tesla electric car gets best-ever rating from Consumer Reports

Aug 28, 2015

Tesla electric car gets best-ever rating from Consumer Reports

A new Tesla electric car has earned the best-ever vehicle rating from Consumer Reports, sending shares of the automaker racing higher Thursday. The new Tesla P85D “performed better in our tests than any other car ever has, breaking the Consumer Reports Ratings system,” said ...

Aug 28, 2015

Duskin eyes using foreign workers for housework services

Duskin Co. plans to use a system that will allow foreign workers to engage in housework support services in special zones where deregulatory measures are tested, according to a company official. “It will be natural to cooperate” if the ban on the use of ...

Aug 28, 2015

Mercedes-Benz Japan launches first diesel hybrid sedan

Mercedes-Benz Japan Co. launched the S300h diesel-electric hybrid sedan, a new model in the high-end S-Class series, on Thursday. The Japanese unit of Germany’s Daimler AG is the first automaker in Japan to sell a hybrid vehicle with a diesel engine. The vehicle, priced ...

Aug 28, 2015

March 26 eyed for launch of Hokkaido Shinkansen Line

Railway operators envision starting service on the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line linking the northern main island with Honshu on March 26, 2016, according to sources familiar with the matter. Hokkaido Railway Co. and East Japan Railway Co. are making arrangements for 13 round trips per ...

Flat inflation, fall in household spending a blow to 'Abenomics'

Aug 28, 2015

Flat inflation, fall in household spending a blow to 'Abenomics'

Inflation fell back to zero in July while household spending dropped again, official data showed Friday, with the disappointing numbers sure to stoke speculation that the central bank will unleash more stimulus. Core inflation, excluding volatile fresh food prices, was flat year-on-year, the internal ...

Aug 28, 2015

Abe sends envoy to Jakarta in high-speed rail bid

Shinzo Abe has sent an envoy to Indonesia to offer a sweeter deal to build a high-speed railway, a Japanese Embassy official said on Thursday, highlighting the importance of the multibillion dollar project that China also wants to win. The two Asian giants are ...

Instagram's square images give way to portraits, panoramas

Aug 28, 2015

Instagram's square images give way to portraits, panoramas

Instagram on Thursday broke its square mold with an update that adds portrait and landscape formats to the image-sharing smartphone application. “Square format has been and always will be part of who we are,” Instagram said in a blog post. “That said, the visual ...

Aug 27, 2015

FamilyMart, Uny postpone agreement on merger plan

Convenience store operators FamilyMart Co. and Uny Group Holdings Co. said Thursday they will postpone the planned signing in August of a basic merger agreement and take more time to work out the details of the deal, which was announced in March. The two ...