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Narita airport saw customer traffic surge 9% during Bon

Aug 25, 2016

Narita airport saw customer traffic surge 9% during Bon

Passengers who used Narita International Airport during the Bon holidays rose 9 percent to 1,085,630 compared with the previous year, according to preliminary immigration data released Thursday. The growth reflected the increase chiefly caused by the new “Mountain Day” holiday on Aug. 11 and ...

Aug 25, 2016

Monsanto withdraws new GM cotton seed in dispute with India

Monsanto has pulled an application seeking Indian approval for its next generation of genetically modified, pest-resistant cotton seeds, it said Thursday, sharply escalating an ongoing row with the Indian government. The U.S. agribusiness giant said it withdrew plans to introduce the seeds in July ...

Aug 25, 2016

Japan authorizes $2 million for Washington-Baltimore railway study

Kenichiro Sasae, the Japanese ambassador to the U.S., says Tokyo has authorized $2 million to support a feasibility study on building a high-speed railway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Sasae made the announcement Wednesday after signing a memorandum of cooperation between Japan and Maryland ...

Aug 25, 2016

Sony to launch virtual reality video service in Japan

Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. will start video service for virtual-reality devices as early as this year in partnership with U.S. content provider Little Star Media Inc., the Japanese firm said Wednesday. The new service’s content will include some 7,000 items of news and ...

As Abenomics loses shine, Japan's shoppers seek bargains

Aug 25, 2016

As Abenomics loses shine, Japan's shoppers seek bargains

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Three years of Abenomics, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bold stimulus program, has failed to dislodge a deflationary mindset among businesses and consumers. As the world’s third-largest economy falters again — with a stronger yen gnawing at overseas profits and domestic consumption sapping companies’ confidence ...

Nuclear developers have big plans for small power plants in U.K.

Aug 25, 2016

Nuclear developers have big plans for small power plants in U.K.

Miniature nuclear power plants could help solve Britain’s looming power crunch, rather than the delayed $24 billion Hinkley project, companies developing the technology say. Small modular reactors (SMRs) using current or new technology would be able to produce around a tenth of the electricity ...

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

Aug 25, 2016

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

The world’s first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday. Select members of the public will be able to hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including ...