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Mar 3, 2015

Securities firms focusing on junior NISA

A junior version of the Nippon Individual Savings Account, a tax-free small-investment system modeled on Britain’s Individual Savings Account program, is attracting attention from the brokerage industry in Japan. A junior NISA system will allow grandparents and parents to transfer their financial assets to ...

Mar 3, 2015

FTC to fine seven firms over rigged bids for grain facilities

The Fair Trade Commission is considering imposing ¥1.1 billion in fines on seven firms, including farm equipment-makers Kubota Corp. and Iseki & Co., for their suspected roles in bid-rigging for grain storage facilities in violation of the antimonopoly law. Six of them are also ...

Mar 3, 2015

Taiwan, Japan to discuss fishing arrangements near Senkakus

A Taiwan-Japan joint fishery committee will meet in Tokyo this week to discuss fishing arrangements in waters off the Senkaku Islands. Administered by Japan, the isles are claimed by both China and Taiwan. Chou Shyue-yow, deputy director general of the ministry’s Department of East ...

Mar 3, 2015

Over 1,700 business failures linked to March 2011 triple disaster

A total of 1,726 businesses went bankrupt due to reasons linked to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent nuclear disaster, according to Teikoku Databank Ltd. Liabilities left by the failed companies comes to ¥1.56 trillion, the private credit research company said ...

Bill Gates again tops Forbes' list of billionaires

Mar 3, 2015

Bill Gates again tops Forbes' list of billionaires

The world’s richest person got even richer this year. And a basketball superstar-turned-owner made the list for the first time. Forbes said Monday that Bill Gates’s net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the ...

Google selling wireless plans to get more people online

Mar 3, 2015

Google selling wireless plans to get more people online

Search giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider? Google wants more people to get online so they can search around and click on its ads. And it’s shaking up the telecom world to do it. The company said Monday ...

Small SUVs, pricey sports cars dominate at Geneva auto show

Mar 3, 2015

Small SUVs, pricey sports cars dominate at Geneva auto show

Small SUVs for families and powerful sports cars for the rich are the big things at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. Environmentally correct electrics and hybrids, not so much — thanks to cheaper gas and limits on battery life. Here are the major ...

Mar 3, 2015

Apple car rumors fuel Geneva debate about car of future

The main talking point at this week’s Geneva car show is likely to be a vehicle that may never be built: the Apple car. The world’s automakers will gather in the Swiss city to tout their latest minivans, city cars and sport utility vehicles ...

Mobile industry tiptoes toward 5G

Mar 3, 2015

Mobile industry tiptoes toward 5G

Running short of dramatically new phone designs, leaders of the world’s wireless industry agree their next big idea is 5G, shorthand for the fifth generation of networks they expect to have up and running by 2020. But first they’ll have to decide what 5G ...