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Officially microwavable dog food to hit shelves June 1

May 21, 2015

Officially microwavable dog food to hit shelves June 1

For dog lovers whose hard-to-please pets cause them stress when they simply refuse to eat their daily fare, one innovative company appears to have found a unique answer: a microwavable dog food that is said to bring out the aromas dogs cherish. Unicharm Corp., ...

May 21, 2015

Line said to prepare dual listing before Japan Post IPO

Line Corp., operator of Japan’s most popular mobile-messaging service, is preparing for a dual listing in Tokyo and New York before Japan Post Holdings Co.’s initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said. The Tokyo-based company aims to sell shares around September ...

May 21, 2015

Bill to reform gas, electricity markets passes Lower House

The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to require utilities to segregate their power generation and transmission operations by April 2020. The bill, which won support mainly from the ruling coalition, was sent to the House of Councilors, the upper chamber. The measure ...

Empty mega-complex reflects unfulfilled ambition in China

May 21, 2015

Empty mega-complex reflects unfulfilled ambition in China

As the wind whistles through half-finished skyscrapers and over empty boulevards, a development billed as China’s answer to Manhattan at times bears out the “ghost town” label some have given it. Chinese officials hope the towers of the Yujiapu Financial District will one day ...

May 21, 2015

WTO ruling prompts China to drop rare earths export quota

China on Wednesday told the World Trade Organization that it had scrapped a quota system limiting exports of rare earth minerals after complaints by the U.S., EU and Japan. China told WTO members that it had taken measures on Jan. 1 and May 1 ...

Drone-makers say demand will take off in Japan

May 20, 2015

Drone-makers say demand will take off in Japan

by Kazuaki Nagata

Despite a spate of headlines showing drone users to be reckless attention-seekers or outright dangerous, the industry believes the sky is the limit for demand for unmanned copters. Representatives attending Japan’s first major industry exhibition Wednesday said they expect the market for unmanned multirotor ...

Mitsui CEO eyes food, retail amid profit slump

May 20, 2015

Mitsui CEO eyes food, retail amid profit slump

Mitsui & Co., the nation’s top oil trader, is expanding its focus beyond raw materials as its incoming CEO contends with an expected 22 percent decline in profit this year. As much as 80 percent of Mitsui’s profit comes from such areas as iron ...

Takata doubles U.S. recall to nearly 34 million air bags

May 20, 2015

Takata doubles U.S. recall to nearly 34 million air bags

U.S. regulators announced Tuesday that embattled auto parts supplier Takata Corp. has acknowledged defective air bags in 33.8 million vehicles in what an official described as “the most complex” recall in the country’s history. The course of events hit Takata shares hard during trading ...