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JAL orders 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jets

Aug 28, 2014

JAL orders 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jets

Japan Airlines Co. said Thursday it will buy 32 planes from Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. to make its fleet more fuel-efficient. JAL plans to begin using the regional jet in 2021 on domestic routes, the carrier and Mitsubishi Aircraft said Thursday in a statement. The ...

| Aug 28, 2014

Dollar declines to below ¥103.80

The dollar dropped in Tokyo trading Thursday, remaining under pressure from position-adjustment selling following its recent rapid advance. At 5 p.m., the greenback stood at ¥103.75-76, down from ¥103.90-90 at the same time Wednesday. The euro was at $1.3198-3199, up from $1.3185-3186, and at ...

| Aug 28, 2014

Nikkei turns lower on firmer yen

Stocks turned lower Thursday, pressured by selling brought on by a rise in the yen against the dollar. The Nikkei 225 average ended down 74.96 points at 15,459.86. On Wednesday, the key market gauge climbed 13.60 points. The Topix lost 5.18 points to close ...

Aug 28, 2014

More stores open in Haneda airport's international terminal

Tokyo’s Haneda airport opened more shops Thursday in an expanded retail zone in its international terminal. The new area on the fourth and fifth floors accommodates a grilled-eel shop, a bakery and four other food outlets as well as mobile phone shops. The shops ...

Aug 28, 2014

Ebola causing huge damage to West Africa economies: development bank

The worst-ever Ebola outbreak is causing enormous damage to West African economies as foreign businessmen quit the region, the African Development Bank said, while a leading medical charity branded the international response “entirely inadequate.” As transport companies suspend services, cutting off the region, governments ...

Aug 28, 2014

Additional sales tax hike difficult decision for Abe: adviser

Japan’s additional consumption tax hike planned for next year is a hard decision for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to make, given a slowdown in the nation’s economic recovery, one of his advisers said Wednesday. Etsuro Honda, a special adviser on economic affairs, also indicated ...

Aug 27, 2014

Kirin provides ¥20 million to support tsunami-hit fishermen

A unit of Japanese beer brewer Kirin Co. said Wednesday it has provided ¥20 million to an association of young fishermen in Miyagi Prefecture to help expand a sales network for seafood from a region devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. ...

DeNA, Yahoo Japan turn to DNA analysis

Aug 27, 2014

DeNA, Yahoo Japan turn to DNA analysis

by Kazuaki Nagata

Genomics has been progressing at an impressive pace in recent years, inspiring expectations that it will someday become an essential part of medical care. Two Japanese Internet firms, DeNA Co. and Yahoo Japan Corp., believe that future is just around the corner and are ...