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48 articles published


Business / Corporate Feb 20, 2020

MUFG Bank to invest ¥80 billion in ride-hailing service Grab

MUFG Bank will form a capital and business alliance with Singapore-based ride-hailing service Grab, with the view to collaborating on retail financial services, sources have said. The major Japanese bank, together with its group companies, will invest up to ¥80 billion (about $720 million) in ...

Panel to seek UNESCO listing for 37 Japanese folk performance arts

National Feb 20, 2020

Panel to seek UNESCO listing for 37 Japanese folk performance arts

The Council for Cultural Affairs decided Wednesday to recommend that 37 folk performance arts be added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The 37 traditional performing arts, including Bon odori dancing, that have been passed down for posterity in various parts in the country ...

Machine lubricants leave bad taste for palm oil producers and buyers

Business Feb 20, 2020

Machine lubricants leave bad taste for palm oil producers and buyers

The palm oil industry, long accused of large-scale deforestation, is bracing for another hit to its business: machinery lubricants seeping into the world's most consumed edible oil during processing. European food companies, including Nestle, have in recent months asked top palm oil producers in Indonesia ...

Google's British users will lose EU data protection, sources say

Business / Tech Feb 20, 2020

Google's British users will lose EU data protection, sources say

Google is planning to move its British users' accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said. The shift, prompted by Britain's exit from the EU, will leave the sensitive personal information of tens of millions ...

Spread of COVID-19 casts shadow over Japan's <I>shuntō</I> wage talks

Business Feb 20, 2020

Spread of COVID-19 casts shadow over Japan's shuntō wage talks

The widening outbreak of the new coronavirus originating in China has started to affect annual shuntō wage negotiations. Tougher wage talks are expected this year, with management increasingly cautious about agreeing to pay hikes amid growing concerns over corporate performance. The Japanese Trade Union Confederation, or ...

Boeing heads to court to oppose release of 737 Max documents

Business Feb 20, 2020

Boeing heads to court to oppose release of 737 Max documents

Boeing Co. heads to court on Wednesday to dispute a request from lawyers representing victims of a 737 Max crash for documents related to the aircraft's design, development and two fatal disasters involving the now-grounded plane. Chicago-based Boeing faces around 100 lawsuits by families of ...

Rikako Ikee looks back on leukemia fight

Olympics Feb 20, 2020

Rikako Ikee looks back on leukemia fight

Rising swimming star Rikako Ikee called her recent therapy for leukemia the turning point in her life in a televised interview aired on Wednesday. The 19-year-old Ikee, the MVP of the 2018 Asian Games and a gold medal candidate for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics before ...