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Saitama urges Seibu to keep Chichibu Line open

Mar 27, 2013

Saitama urges Seibu to keep Chichibu Line open

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Saitama Gov. Kiyoshi Ueda and other local leaders are making their case to Seibu Holdings Inc. to keep the Seibu Chichibu Line open as rumors swirl that the firm's biggest shareholder is demanding that the unprofitable railway section be abandoned. "It would severely damage the ...

/ Mar 27, 2013

Kishida retraction: China a 'concern,' not 'threat'

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida effectively retracted his remarks over the weekend in which he described China's military expansion as a "threat" to the region, saying Tuesday that he instead meant to say "concern." The remarks, made in a Sunday appearance on NHK, "would not change ...

Mar 27, 2013

Slovenia next in line to face debt woe

As soon as policymakers averted a crisis in Cyprus, another appears to be brewing. The latest country to provoke concern is Slovenia. The small former Yugoslav republic took a beating Friday, with long-term bond yields spiking to 5.4 percent amid fears the country would need ...

/ Mar 27, 2013

Dainippon Screen to outsource

Dainippon Screen Manufacturing Co., a maker of machines that clean semiconductor wafers, plans to buy more materials overseas, including from China, to help it return to profit. Overseas procurement of components for chip equipment will rise to about 10 percent from almost zero now, President ...

| Mar 27, 2013

Dodgers gone, but memories remain

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The Dodgers MLB franchise sure has a way of breaking the hearts of towns that love them. First, back in 1957, "Dem Bums" — as they were then-affectionately known — jilted Brooklyn and split for the riches of Los Angeles. To this day, Brooklynites ...

Mar 27, 2013

Ban on breeding, import of 'invasive aliens' to cover hybrid species

The Environment Ministry plans to basically ban the breeding or import of hybrids involving species designated as "invasive aliens," which authorities fear could heavily damage the nation's ecosystem, sources said. So far, only invasive alien species have been subject to the ban. The rule change ...

/ Mar 27, 2013

Five years sought for Olympus chairman

Prosecutors sought a five-year prison term Tuesday for former Olympus Corp. Chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa for colluding with two others to cover up massive investment losses at the firm. Prosecutors at the Tokyo District Court also requested prison terms of 4½ years for former Olympus auditor ...

Mar 27, 2013

787 flight-tested with new batteries

Boeing Co. said Monday it conducted a successful test flight of its troubled 787 Dreamliner jet equipped with a new, enhanced battery system. A 787 jet flew for two hours mostly around Washington state, in a step toward resuming operations after Dreamliners were grounded worldwide ...

Mar 27, 2013

Sharp, Foxconn still talking, still differ

Foxconn Technology Group and Sharp Corp. will continue talks after their one-year deadline to reach an investment accord expires Tuesday, two sources said. The firms have been unable to resolve differences about control and no agreement is expected soon, the sources said, asking not to ...

Mar 27, 2013

Another push for tourists planned

The government will compile an action plan by July to more than double the annual level of foreign tourists to 18 million in 2016, officials said Tuesday. "Tourism is a very important growth sector that supports our country's economic growth and revitalization of local areas," ...

Mar 27, 2013

Effort to lure more ASEAN Muslims

In line with government efforts to bring in more foreign tourists, the ASEAN-Japan Center will provide guidance on its website starting Monday to help the tourism industry be more accommodating for Muslims. According to the center, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations market accounts for ...

Mar 27, 2013

Firm develops solar panel cleaner robot

Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture-based Miraikikai Inc. on Tuesday unveiled a prototype of what it claims to be the world's first solar panel-cleaning robot that does not use water and runs automatically. Miraikikai aims to market it from next year, with a focus on the Middle East ...

Mar 26, 2013

Cyprus bailout's long-term impact uncertain

European leaders Monday hailed a last-minute bailout for Cyprus as an important step in defending their unified currency, but some officials and analysts questioned whether the deal raised new problems that could still threaten the survival of the euro. The arrangement will grant Cyprus $13 ...