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Japanese firm showcases 'touchable' 3-D technology

Sep 2, 2014

Japanese firm showcases 'touchable' 3-D technology

Unveiling technology that generates touchable 3-D imagery, developers said Monday objects that only exist in the virtual world could be manipulated as if they were real. Officials of Miraisens, a high-tech firm based outside Tokyo, said the technology, which can be used to improve ...

Tea for tuna; enchanting eclairs; Haitian investment

| Sep 2, 2014

Tea for tuna; enchanting eclairs; Haitian investment

New products: Tuna tea In collaboration with Ninben Co., Kachikaihatsu Co. is selling original packages of “katsuobushi odashi” (fermented and smoked skipjack tuna) for drinking at its Best Western hotels in Japan from August. The drink releases strong aromatic flavors of katsuobushi when brewed ...

Sep 2, 2014

Obama: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages

President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the U.S. minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy’s “revving” performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. “America deserves a raise,” he told ...

Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with 'Dragon Quest'

Sep 1, 2014

Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with 'Dragon Quest'

Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale last November in the U.S. and Europe but didn’t arrive at stores here until February. Atsushi Morita, appointed head of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Japan operations effective ...

| Sep 1, 2014

Greenback rises above ¥104 in Tokyo

The dollar was firmer above ¥104 in Tokyo trading Monday after reaching the marker in New York trading Friday. At 5 p.m., the dollar was quoted at ¥104.15-15, up from ¥103.82-83 at the same time Friday. The euro stood at $1.3131-3133, down from $1.3169-3169, ...

| Sep 1, 2014

Nikkei bounces back on weaker yen

Stocks bounced back in thin trading Monday, bolstered by higher U.S. equities and the yen’s weakening against the dollar. The Nikkei 225 average ended up 52.01 points, or 0.34 percent, at 15,476.60. On Friday, the key market gauge lost 35.27 points. The Topix gained ...

April-June business investment up 3% despite tax hike

Sep 1, 2014

April-June business investment up 3% despite tax hike

Capital spending by nonfinancial Japanese companies rose 3.0 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier, indicating that the first consumption tax hike in 17 years has not significantly affected corporate investment, the government said Monday. Business investment by all nonfinancial sectors for ...

Sep 1, 2014

Auto sales fall to lowest in three years on sales tax hike

Auto sales tumbled to a three-year low last month, the latest sign that consumer spending is slumping following the April 1 consumption tax increase. Vehicle deliveries fell 9.1 percent from a year earlier to 333,471, the lowest since August 2011, according to industry figures ...