National / Crime & Legal Sep 11, 2004

Warrant out for mobster in pachinko kidnapping

Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man with underworld connections who is suspected of helping to kidnap a pachinko parlor employee in Osaka Prefecture last week, officials said Friday. Local police said the man is in his 30s, but did not reveal his ...

Business / Corporate Jun 6, 2004

UFJ group to sell ailing Aplus to foreign firm

The UFJ group is in the final stages of talks with several foreign financial institutions, including Citigroup Inc. of the United States, to sell struggling consumer finance affiliate Aplus Co., sources close to the talks said Saturday. The major banking group, led by UFJ Holdings ...

Oct 24, 2002

EU reticent over funding Pyongyang nuclear reactors

European Union member states have voiced reservations over continuing to fund an international consortium to help build light-water nuclear reactors in North Korea, EU's new ambassador to Japan Bernhard Zepter said Wednesday. Zepter, a German career diplomat who assumed the position Oct. 9, said North ...

National / Social Issues Apr 21, 2000

Racism in business rampant: groups

A group fighting to eradicate discrimination in Japan reported on a number of recent cases of discriminatory practices by businesses across the country on Thursday at a gathering in Tokyo and called for legislation to ban such practices. The meeting was also convened in response ...

Announcements Apr 18, 2000

Sales at big stores in Tokyo drop 1%

Sales at department stores in Tokyo's 23 wards fell 1 percent in March from a year earlier to 193.63 billion yen, the first decrease in three months, the Japan Department Stores Association said in a preliminary report. The association attributed the fall in sales to ...

Announcements Apr 18, 2000

U.S. bases' PCB waste returns to Japan

A shipment of waste contaminated with PCB -- polychlorinated biphenyls -- from domestic U.S. military facilities will temporarily remain in Japan after returning to Yokohama today, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said Monday. A cargo ship carrying the waste -- about 100 tons of PCB-contaminated ...

Announcements Apr 17, 2000

Four accused of murder bid

Police on Sunday served fresh arrest warrants on a man and three women in Saitama Prefecture, saying they tried to kill a man by making him take a excessive amounts of cold remedy in a murder-for-insurance scheme. Police alleged Shigeru Yagi, 50, a moneylender and ...

Announcements Apr 17, 2000

Ishihara still frets over crime by illegal aliens

Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said Sunday he is worried about safety "as a resident" because of crimes by illegal aliens but promised not to again use the derogatory term "sangokujin" for Korean and other residents of Japan. Ishihara, on a TV Asahi program, denounced robberies ...

Announcements Apr 17, 2000

Nonaka wants Mori to host summit

Secretary General Hiromu Nonaka said Sunday he wants to see Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori's cabinet host the July 21-23 Group of Eight (G8) summit in Okinawa Prefecture, regardless of the general election schedule or outcome. Nonaka made the remarks on NHK and Fuji TV programs ...