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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 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 ...

Aug 27, 2015

Fujitsu recalls 70,000 laptop battery packs over fire fears

Fujitsu Ltd. said Thursday it will voluntarily recall and provide replacements for about 70,000 battery packs used in some of its Lifebook laptop computer models as they could catch fire. The company has so far confirmed three cases of fire linked to the battery, ...

Aug 27, 2015

Toshiba eyes appointing Shiseido adviser Maeda as board chairman

Toshiba Corp. is considering naming Shinzo Maeda, senior adviser to cosmetics-maker Shiseido Co., as chairman of its revamped board in order to improve corporate governance at the industrial conglomerate that’s mired in an accounting scandal, sources close to the matter said Thursday. The new ...

Aug 26, 2015

Panasonic to shut down battery factory in Beijing

Panasonic Corp. will close a lithium-ion battery factory in Beijing due to deteriorating profitability amid stiff competition with South Korean rivals, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. The major Japanese electronics-maker will end production later this month at the earliest and lay off ...