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Kim Jong Un spoof game 'Glorious Leader!' moving forward

Dec 20, 2014

Kim Jong Un spoof game 'Glorious Leader!' moving forward

The creator of a satirical video game that depicts Kim Jong Un as a gun-toting, unicorn-riding hero has no plans to cancel his zany creation following a cyberattack and threats of violence against Sony Pictures that the FBI has attributed to North Korea. In ...

Top speed of Nozomi bullet trains to hit 285 kph

Dec 20, 2014

Top speed of Nozomi bullet trains to hit 285 kph

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said Friday it will raise the maximum speed of the Nozomi bullet train service to 285 kph between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations next year thanks to advances in braking technology. JR Tokai, which operates the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, ...

| Dec 19, 2014

Dollar rises above ¥119 in Tokyo

The dollar rose above ¥119 in Tokyo trading on Friday, as higher equity prices in and outside the country helped boost investors’ risk appetite. At 5 p.m., the dollar was quoted at ¥119.15-18, up from ¥118.68-69 at the same time on Thursday. The euro ...

Dec 19, 2014

BOJ resumes upbeat spin, nixes need for more easing

The Bank of Japan on Friday struck a more upbeat view of the world’s number three economy, saying exports were showing signs of picking up while factory output has started to bottom out. The comments came after policymakers wrapped up a two-day meeting where ...

Author Coelho offers to buy Sony's North Korea flick

Dec 19, 2014

Author Coelho offers to buy Sony's North Korea flick

Brazilian author Paulo Coelho offered Thursday to pay Sony $100,000 for rights to “The Interview,” protesting the company’s decision to scrap the North Korean parody film amid chilling threats from hackers. Sony Pictures canceled the Dec. 25 release of the film after major theater ...

Dec 19, 2014

Takata air bag crisis may spur maintenance changes in Japan

Takata Corp.’s air bag crisis could spur changes in how car owners maintain their vehicles, with Japan’s automakers discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate the safety devices. Drivers may need to start having chemicals in their air bags swapped ...