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Jul 17, 2014

JAL to offer wireless Internet on domestic flights

Japan Airlines Co. will start offering in-flight wireless Internet connection on some of its domestic flights from July 23, the airline said. Passengers on some flights connecting Haneda with Hakodate, Hokkaido, Osaka and Fukuoka will have access to the wireless Internet on their PCs ...

Jul 17, 2014

Microsoft expected to announce huge job cuts this week

Microsoft Corp is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years as the software maker looks to integrate Nokia Oyj’s handset unit, Bloomberg reported, citing sources with knowledge of the company’s plans. The reductions, expected to be announced as soon as this ...

Apple, IBM put aside differences with landmark deal

Jul 16, 2014

Apple, IBM put aside differences with landmark deal

Apple Inc. and International Business Machines Corp. are putting aside a rivalry started at the dawn of the personal-computing era to get more businesses to embrace iPhones and iPads. The deal unveiled yesterday gives Apple access to an IBM sales force that will recommend ...

Myanmar airline to buy six jets from Mitsubishi Aircraft

Jul 16, 2014

Myanmar airline to buy six jets from Mitsubishi Aircraft

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., developing Japan’s first passenger jet, has won an order worth $281 million in list prices from Air Mandalay Ltd. in Myanmar. The agreement is for six MRJ90s, with deliveries due to start in 2018, Air Mandalay said in a statement Tuesday. ...

Jul 16, 2014

Japanese leasing company orders 115 Airbus jets for $11.7 billion

SMBC Aviation Capital, a Japanese aircraft leasing company, said it has signed an order for 115 single-aisle A320 Airbus planes costing $11.7 billion (about ¥1.19 trillion) at list prices. “This new order is the industry’s largest ever single firm order by a worldwide leasing ...

Jul 16, 2014

LINE files for stock listing on TSE

Smartphone messaging service provider LINE Corp. has filed for its listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, with a market capitalization expected to total some ¥1 trillion, sources said Tuesday. An initial public offering by LINE will be one of this year’s largest ones in ...

Robots can solve labor woes: Son

Jul 15, 2014

Robots can solve labor woes: Son

by Kazuaki Nagata

Employing all-purpose robots endowed with artificial intelligence as a workforce in the manufacturing industry is the solution to staving off any impending labor shortage in Japan, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said Tuesday. “Technology can even solve the labor population problem,” Son said during an ...

Jul 15, 2014

Strike halts Toyota's S. Africa production

Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. are stopping production at South African plants as a strike in the manufacturing industry stems the supply of components. Toyota, the biggest carmaker by exports in Africa’s second-biggest economy, was to halt production of the Corolla, Hilux ...