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Japanese toilet giant Toto flipping open lid on new museum

Aug 27, 2015

Japanese toilet giant Toto flipping open lid on new museum

Japan’s leading toilet giant opens a new museum this week dedicated to a century of lavatories, from its first water-flushing model to the most cutting edge version with odor-neutralizers and variable water jets. The museum operated by Toto — best known for its bidet-equipped Washlet ...

Aug 27, 2015

GPIF posts ¥2.6 trillion investment profit in April-June

Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund on Thursday reported a profit of ¥2.65 trillion in its management of pension assets, staying in the black for the fifth consecutive quarter thanks mainly to solid investment returns on domestic stocks. Its total investment yield came to 1.92 ...

Aug 27, 2015

Fujitsu recalls 70,000 laptop battery packs over fire fears

Fujitsu Ltd. said Thursday it will voluntarily recall and provide replacements for about 70,000 battery packs used in some of its Lifebook laptop computer models as they could catch fire. The company has so far confirmed three cases of fire linked to the battery, ...

Aug 27, 2015

Toshiba eyes appointing Shiseido adviser Maeda as board chairman

Toshiba Corp. is considering naming Shinzo Maeda, senior adviser to cosmetics-maker Shiseido Co., as chairman of its revamped board in order to improve corporate governance at the industrial conglomerate that’s mired in an accounting scandal, sources close to the matter said Thursday. The new ...

METI hopes 'Wonder 500' will catch on overseas

Aug 27, 2015

METI hopes 'Wonder 500' will catch on overseas

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The industry ministry Thursday unveiled 500 undiscovered fine goods from rural areas that they will target for overseas promotion. Japan’s regional areas have many specialities created by small firms that have the potential to become popular overseas. But it is difficult for them to ...

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Tokyo stocks rise further on U.S. rally

Stocks rose further on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday, supported by an overnight rebound in U.S. equities. The 225-issue Nikkei average gained 197.61 points, or 1.08 percent, from Wednesday to close at 18,574.44. On Wednesday, the key market gauge shot up 570.13 points. The ...

Aug 27, 2015

Amazon to launch video streaming services in Japan next month

Amazon.com Inc. will launch video streaming services in Japan in September, its Japanese arm said Thursday. The Prime Video services will allow subscribers to watch Japanese and U.S. movies, television programs and animations via smartphones and tablet computers. The services will be available for ...

Aug 26, 2015

Panasonic to shut down battery factory in Beijing

Panasonic Corp. will close a lithium-ion battery factory in Beijing due to deteriorating profitability amid stiff competition with South Korean rivals, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. The major Japanese electronics-maker will end production later this month at the earliest and lay off ...