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30 Oct
Prosecutors on Thursday began an investigation into a political fund scandal that forced Industry and Trade Minister Yuko Obuchi to resign shortly after taking the job. Obuchi quit earlier this month, saying she needed to focus on an investigation into discrepancies in accounting for election funds. But she did not…
30 Oct
The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make replacement parts faster and do more testing to find the cause of the problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent letters…
30 Oct
Food giant Nestle said Wednesday that its Japan unit would "hire" 1,000 robots as sales clerks at stores across the country. The first batch of the robots -- a chatty humanoid called Pepper -- will report to work by the end of this year at outlets that sell coffee capsules…
30 Oct
Police in Komae City, Tokyo, on Thursday questioned the owner of a beauty salon over the murder of the salon manager whose body was found on the premises. According to police, they received a call at around 7 p.m. on Wednesday from an employee, reporting that salon manager Hitomi Kamidate,…
30 Oct
Crown Princess Masako attended an imperial banquet for visiting Dutch royals on Wednesday in her first such appearance since developing a stress-related illness more than a decade ago. The Imperial Household Agency said Masako accompanied her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, to the banquet for visiting King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima…
30 Oct
Australia passed laws on Thursday aimed at preventing young people from becoming radicalised and going to fight in overseas conflicts such as those in Iraq and Syria, where scores of Australians have joined militant groups. Last month, the United Nations demanded that all states make it a serious criminal offense…
30 Oct
Three Japanese Charlie Chaplins take part in an event titled "TIFF meets Chaplin Dubbed Masterpieces of King of Comedy" at the Tokyo International Film Festival in Roppongi Hills.
30 Oct
Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief as the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons. With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one…
30 Oct
A mobile payment service backed by Wal-Mart, Best Buy and other leading retailers is defending its practice of prohibiting its members from accepting alternatives such as Apple Pay. In a conference call with reporters, Merchant Customer Exchange shopped short of giving a reason for requiring exclusivity. But officials say retailers…
30 Oct
President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon their return from West Africa. "We can't hermetically seal ourselves off," he declared. Obama said doctors and nurses from the United…
30 Oct
As a Japanese schoolgirl in the 1970s, Kazumi Kaminaga had never seen something as cute as Hello Kitty when she first laid eyes on the moon-faced, mouthless character in a shop. "There were hardly any 'kawaii' products when I was in elementary school," said the now 51-year-old mother, using the…
30 Oct
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, left, talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday.
30 Oct
It might not surprise anyone to learn that China’s state-owned broadcaster CCTV America more or less ignored Hong Kong’s democracy protestors, except to note police injuries by “aggressive” activists. Nor would Americans be shocked to read in China Daily — available for free in towns like Boston and Washington DC…
30 Oct
A nationwide survey conducted by the Education Ministry in May has revealed that 2,860 public schools are at risk from tsunami damage. Following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, the ministry ordered the survey as part of a tsunami response plan aimed at improving the safety of public schools…
30 Oct
NATO said Wednesday it had tracked and intercepted four groups of Russian warplanes "conducting significant military maneuvers" in European airspace over the past two days. "These sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace," NATO said. The planes, which included strategic bombers, fighters and tanker…
30 Oct
China said on Wednesday it will extend all possible courtesy to Japan at next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing, but gave no indication it would agree to a leaders' get-together. Expectations have been growing in Japan for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping…
30 Oct
Israel's prime minister said Wednesday that recent verbal attacks against him from the United States were merely because he was "defending Israel" and vowed to carry on with his policies despite the vitriolic rhetoric. Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks to parliament followed a report in The Atlantic this week in which unidentified…
30 Oct
Jihadists from the Islamic State group executed Wednesday more than 40 members of a tribe that fought against them in Iraq's Anbar province, sources said. The men from the Albu Nimr tribe were killed in the Heet area, northwest of Baghdad, which was overrun by the militants earlier this month,…
30 Oct
Hitachi said Wednesday its net profit for the six months to September nearly tripled to 91.54 billion yen as it hiked its full-year earnings forecast. The vast conglomerate said net profit was up from 32.77 billion yen a year earlier, as it pointed to a strong performance in its information…
30 Oct
Japanese video game giant Nintendo said on Wednesday its first-half net profit soared to 14.3 billion yen as a sharply weaker yen boosted its bottom line and offset slowing sales. The figure for April to September was way up from 600 million yen in the same period a year ago,…
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