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Jul 27, 2015

June services producer prices rise 0.4%

Japan’s services producer prices rose 0.4 percent in June from a year before — up for the 24th consecutive month, the central bank said Monday. The services producer price index, which measures the costs of services to corporate clients, stood at 102.9, against 100 ...

Jul 27, 2015

Japan's economy shrank last quarter, top forecaster says

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The Japanese economy likely contracted last quarter, dragged down by weak consumer spending and a slump in exports, according to a top forecaster. The world’s third-biggest economy may have shrank as much as an annualized 2.5 percent, said Yoshiki Shinke of Dai-ichi Life Research ...

NHTSA fines Fiat Chrysler record $105 mlllion over safety recall lapses

Jul 27, 2015

NHTSA fines Fiat Chrysler record $105 mlllion over safety recall lapses

The U.S. auto safety watchdog, toughening its stance against manufacturer defects, announced on Sunday a record $105 million in fines against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV over lapses in safety recalls involving millions of vehicles. The Italian-U.S. automaker’s consent agreement with the National Highway Traffic ...

TPP talks to resume Tuesday, perhaps for final time

Jul 26, 2015

TPP talks to resume Tuesday, perhaps for final time

Negotiators from the U.S., Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim countries could put the finishing touches on the most ambitious trade and investment deal in decades when they meet this week in Hawaii. By most accounts, TPP negotiators have narrowed their focus to a ...

How Sony sanitized films to please China's censors

Jul 26, 2015

How Sony sanitized films to please China's censors

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In a 2013 script for the movie “Pixels,” intergalactic aliens blast a hole in one of China’s national treasures — the Great Wall. That scene is gone from the final version of the sci-fi comedy, starring Adam Sandler and released by Sony Pictures Entertainment ...

Sony's Yoshida affirms faith in indie developers

Jul 25, 2015

Sony's Yoshida affirms faith in indie developers

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Shuhei Yoshida, the bespectacled president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, didn’t attend the BitSummit independent game festival in Kyoto on July 11 simply to deliver a speech and reaffirm Sony’s commitment to indie developers — he wanted to try out some games. And ...