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2008-09-02 18:00:11

Tokyo, Sept. 2 (Jiji Press)--Softbank Telecom Corp. said Tuesday that its e-mail services have been suspended probably due to a problem with a server. The service disruption occurred around 11 a.m. the same day, according to Softbank Telecom, a unit of telecommunications and Internet business group Softbank Corp. . The company said that it remains to be seen when the e-mail services will return to normal. Softbank Telecom has about one million subscribers to the services.END (c) 2008...

2008-09-01 18:00:20

Tokyo, Sept. 1 (Jiji Press)--Major Japanese apparel group Onward Holdings Co. said Monday that it will acquire German luxury apparel brand Jil Sander for 167 million euros. Onward will purchase all outstanding shares in Luxembourg-based Violine S.a.r.l., which runs the Jil Sander operations, from three investment firms--two from Britain and one from France--in early October. The Japanese company will aim to reinforce its overseas operations through the acquisition. Jil Sander is...

2008-09-01 18:00:20

Tokyo, Sept. 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan's steel exports in July rose 7.9 pct from a year before to 3.31 million tons, their highest level for the month and the eighth consecutive month of increase, the Japan Iron and Steel Federation said Monday. The previous July record was 3.29 million tons set in 1977. Of the total, exports of ordinary steel increased 9.3 pct to 2.26 million tons, while specialty steel exports grew 5.6 pct to 550,000 tons. Exports to South Korea, Japan's largest steel...

2008-09-01 18:00:09

Tokyo, Sept. 1 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo Stock Exchange urged all listed companies Monday to disclose in full information that may affect investor decisions, a step prompted by the lack of such information from failed real estate developer Urban Corp. . Urban in late June announced plans to issue 30 billion yen's worth of new shares to French financial giant BNP Paribas, but it did not give any follow-up information until it filed for bankruptcy in Aug. 13. The company, listed on the TSE's...

2008-08-30 18:00:19

Tokyo, Aug. 30 (Jiji Press)--Baidu.com Inc.'s Japanese arm is aiming to be the second choice of Internet search engines in Japan, its president, Toshikazu Inoue, said. Baidu Inc. will focus on making its services best suited for Japanese users, Inoue told Jiji Press in a recent interview. U.S. engines such as Google Inc. do not necessarily offer search results that Japanese users want most, he said. Inoue was an executive in charge of search business at Yahoo Japan Corp. until he took...

2008-08-28 18:00:27

Tokyo, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said Thursday that it has instructed KDDI Corp. to improve its safety control to ensure privacy of communications and system reliability. The major Japanese mobile phone carrier has experienced four cases of system failures since July. The incidents include internet connection failures and delivering e-mails to wrong addresses. The ministry concluded that the failures occurred because KDDI launched services...

2008-08-27 18:00:45

Tokyo, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)--Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. said Wednesday it has tied up with Borealis AG, a major Austrian chemical maker, for the mutual supply of polypropylene for automotive components. The two firms will complement each other in terms of global coverage for the supplies of polypropylene, a type of plastic used in bumpers, interiors and a range of auto parts. Mitsubishi Chemical, which has no manufacturing base in Europe, will consign production to Borealis for sales in...

2008-08-26 21:00:17

Tokyo, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)--The government and the ruling coalition should present concrete proposals for securities taxation reform if they truly want to promote a shift from savings to investments, Tokyo Stock Exchange Group Inc. President Atsushi Saito said Tuesday. Securities-related taxes will be one of the focal points in tax reforms for fiscal 2009. Speaking at a press conference, Saito also said that the securities taxation system should be simple. Discussing China's Asia Media...

2008-08-26 00:00:29

Tokyo, Aug. 25 (Jiji Press)--Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. said Monday it will start wheat flour milling business in China, jointly with Prima Ltd., a Singapore flour milling company. The two companies will set up a fifty-fifty investment firm, Baiyou Investments Pte. Ltd., in Singapore, to acquire a 46.73 pct stake in Qingdao Xinghua Cereal Oil & Foodstuff Co., a flour milling firm in Shandong Province, China. Sumitomo will supply Qingdao Xinghua with Australian-made...

2008-08-26 00:00:26

Tokyo, Aug. 25 (Jiji Press)--Sony Music Entertainment Inc. said Monday it has asked Tokyo High Court to rescind the Japanese antimonopoly regulator's order against Sony Music and three other firms on mobile phone-ringtone music download services. The Fair Trade Commission in late July ordered the four music companies under the Antimonopoly Law to stop exclusively supplying their songs to a mobile ringtone provider jointly set up by the companies. The music and entertainment arm of Sony...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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