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Sony says to sell battery business to Murata Manufacturing

Jul 28, 2016

Sony says to sell battery business to Murata Manufacturing

Sony Corp said on Thursday it has agreed to sell a portion of its battery business to Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd., as the electronics giant responds to slowing demand for smartphones. The announcement comes as Sony banks on growth in its games business with ...

Jul 28, 2016

Komatsu quarterly profit down 52% on weak demand

Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu Ltd., which last week made a $2.89 billion offer for Joy Global Inc., said first-quarter profit fell 52 percent as demand languished in markets such as the Middle East and Indonesia and the stronger yen crimped overseas revenue. ...

American shale gas heads to East Asia for first time

Jul 28, 2016

American shale gas heads to East Asia for first time

East Asia, which imports more liquefied natural gas than any other region of the world, is preparing to receive its first supplies from America’s shale bounty. A tanker that loaded LNG at Cheniere Energy Inc.’s export terminal in Louisiana is bound for the Far ...

Jul 28, 2016

SoftBank profit rises on proceeds from Alibaba stake sale

SoftBank Group Corp.’s first-quarter profit rose 19 percent as proceeds from selling part of its stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. helped offset losses at Sprint Corp. Net income at the carrier rose to ¥254.2 billion in the three months ended June 30, the ...

Toyota lags VW in global sales as Prius stumbles in U.S.

Jul 28, 2016

Toyota lags VW in global sales as Prius stumbles in U.S.

Toyota Motor Corp. lagged Volkswagen AG by global deliveries in the first half of the year, as demand for the newly redesigned Prius hybrid slumped in a U.S. market dominated by trucks and sport utility vehicles. Worldwide deliveries fell 0.6 percent to 4.99 million ...

Thirsty? This ryokan's faucets run with mandarin juice

Jul 28, 2016

Thirsty? This ryokan's faucets run with mandarin juice

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Takashi Oyabu is the president of a company in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, that operates tourist infrastructure with a difference. Its portfolio includes ryokan (traditional inns), restaurants and shops that sell high-end, locally made items such as towels and ceramics. In the lobby of Dogo ...