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May 1, 2015

Unemployment fell to 3.4% in March

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate stood at 3.4 percent in March, down 0.1 percentage point from the previous month, improving for the second straight month thanks to a better employment situation for young people, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Friday. The ...

May 1, 2015

TPP ministers expected to meet this month in Philippines

Ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the vaunted Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade bloc are expected to meet in the Philippines for three days starting May 26, according to U.S. Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth Catherine Novelli told reporters on Thursday. The U.S., Japan and ...

As sensors shrink in size, 'wearable' gadgets may fall out of sight

May 1, 2015

As sensors shrink in size, 'wearable' gadgets may fall out of sight

Forget “wearables.” The next big thing in mobile devices is “disappearables.” Even as the new Apple Watch piques consumer interest in wrist-worn devices, the pace of innovation and the tumbling cost, and size, of components will make wearables smaller — so small, some in ...

May 1, 2015

Auto sales slow in April after tax hike on minicars

Sales of new autos slumped 7.5 percent in April from a year earlier to 319,482 units, with last month’s auto tax hike on minivehicles acting as a brake on demand, industry bodies said Friday. Sales of minicars, defined as having an engine displacement of ...

Tesla unveils battery to 'transform energy infrastructure'

May 1, 2015

Tesla unveils battery to 'transform energy infrastructure'

Electric car pioneer Telsa Motors on Thursday unveiled a “home battery,” which company founder Elon Musk said would help change the “entire energy infrastructure of the world.” The Tesla Powerwall can store power from solar panels or from the electricity grid at night, when ...

May 1, 2015

Itochu to boost dividends, expects 10% increase in profit

Itochu Corp., the third-largest trading house in the country by market value, will boost its dividend payout this year as it targets a 10 percent jump in profit. The company forecast net income will rise to ¥330 billion after meeting its profit target of ...

Dark tattoos daunt Apple Watch

May 1, 2015

Dark tattoos daunt Apple Watch

Apple aficionados who are also fans of body art are finding out that dark tattoos can daunt the iconic company’s hot new smartwatch. An online Apple support page on Thursday warned that “ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the ...