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Nov 23, 2014

Foreign workers in demand amid tourism surge

by Junji Yamaguchi

Demand for foreign workers has been strong in Japan over the past few years as the number of foreign tourists rises and an increasing number of domestic companies aim to expand their business abroad. Since its establishment in 2004, Globalpower Inc., a Tokyo-based staffing ...

Nov 23, 2014

Government plans subsidies to create 60,000 jobs in rural areas

The government is considering a new subsidy program aimed at creating 60,000 jobs in rural areas, according to sources. Under the initiative, the government would provide subsidies to companies hiring people who moved from urban agglomerations to rural districts. The government would shoulder half ...

Nov 23, 2014

Hackers to probe cybercrime defenses at British banks

In the next few months, hackers will try to penetrate the cyberdefenses of Britain’s major banks and steal information about millions of customers. But for once they will be welcome. Banks are on red alert after cybercriminals obtained details of 83 million clients from ...

Nov 23, 2014

Twitter indexes every public tweet ever sent

Twitter has begun letting users search through every tweet publicly fired off at the one-to-many messaging service since it launched in 2006. Examples of when the new capability may come in handy include revisiting sports or television show seasons, learning what was revealed at ...

China's central bank jumps on growth-boosting bandwagon

Nov 22, 2014

China's central bank jumps on growth-boosting bandwagon

China’s central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world’s No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown. On top of the rate cut, Chinese authorities ...

Nov 22, 2014

EU Parliament mulls breaking up Google to curb its dominance in search

The European Parliament is preparing a nonbinding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc.’s search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned ...

Transport ministry tells Takata to investigate air bag problems

Nov 21, 2014

Transport ministry tells Takata to investigate air bag problems

Transport minister Akihiro Ota said Friday he has directed Takata Corp. to investigate its defective air bags and that the ministry is directly in touch with the firm over the issue. The ministry usually relies on automakers themselves to report incidents and announce recalls, ...

Nov 21, 2014

Suntory mulls sale of gym chain Tipness to NTV

Suntory Holdings Ltd. is considering selling health club unit Tipness Ltd. to Nippon Television Holdings Inc. as it tires to unload noncore businesses to help pay for its buyout of U.S. distiller Beam Inc. earlier this year, sources said Friday. Suntory is expected to ...