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May 2, 2016

Mitsubishi Motors drags on Nissan as minicar sales fall 51%

Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s fuel economy testing fraud has hit its partner Nissan Motor Co. in domestic showrooms, with the latter automaker posting a steeper plunge in April minicar sales and overall market share. Nissan’s minicar deliveries tumbled 51 percent last month, as the nation’s ...

Kishida reaffirms economic focus on Thailand

May 2, 2016

Kishida reaffirms economic focus on Thailand

Japan will launch a new initiative to support economic development in nations along the Mekong corridor, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday. It will form part of ¥750 billion in Japanese aid to the region over three years, announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ...

Mitsubishi Motors eyeing pay cut for 1,300 minivehicle workers

May 2, 2016

Mitsubishi Motors eyeing pay cut for 1,300 minivehicle workers

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. officials are in talks with its labor union on a plan to cut wages for some 1,300 employees in charge of minivehicle production at its key plant in Okayama Prefecture, according to sources familiar with the situation. Following revelations of data ...

G-7 vows to spur investment, security for stable energy supply

May 2, 2016

G-7 vows to spur investment, security for stable energy supply

Energy ministers from the Group of Seven nations agreed Monday on the need to strengthen energy security and promote investment in the sector, as low prices and other emerging issues threaten to destabilize supply. The ministers gathered in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, for two days ...

N.Y. senator urges probe into ad firm's 'spying billboards'

May 2, 2016

N.Y. senator urges probe into ad firm's 'spying billboards'

A U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into an outdoor advertising company’s latest effort to target billboard ads to specific consumers. New York Sen. Charles Schumer has dubbed Clear Channel Outdoor Americas’ so-called RADAR program “spying billboards,” warning the service may violate ...

May 2, 2016

No TTIP if agriculture is threatened: France

France will reject the ambitious TTIP trans-Atlantic trade pact if it endangers the future of French agriculture, President Francois Hollande warned Sunday. “We in France have to defend a certain number of principles” and be “extremely vigilant as it is the future of agriculture ...

App to let men test sperm count at home

May 1, 2016

App to let men test sperm count at home

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Infertility is a growing concern in rapidly depopulating Japan. But it is often seen as a women’s problem, even though both sexes can be to blame. A Tokyo company is trying to change that by marketing a kit that allows men to check their ...

Top companies move to hire more foreign employees

May 1, 2016

Top companies move to hire more foreign employees

Japan’s top companies are increasingly moving to give foreign people permanent contracts, judging that the benefits of diversification are well worth the challenges. Among them is convenience store chain Lawson Inc., which has awarded between 10 and 30 percent of its graduate positions to ...