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2008-08-11 21:00:46

Tokyo, Aug. 11 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Gas Co. said Monday it has taken a stake in an eastern Japan firm preparing to start power generation using wood waste. Tokyo Gas acquired a 4.44 pct stake in the company, Agatsuma Biopower, which was previously a wholly owned unit of leasing company Orix Corp. , for an undisclosed sum. Agatsuma Biopower, based in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, will start operating a power plant in the year that begins in April 2010 with an output of 13,600 kilowatts,...

2008-08-11 21:00:22

Tokyo, Aug. 11 (Jiji Press)--NEC Corp. plans to raise the prices of its personal computers for the first time in about six years due to rising material prices, it was learned Monday. The company's first PC price hike since May 2002 will apply to new models to be launched around September in Japan. It is expected to make a final decision soon. Profitability of NEC's PC business is worsening due to the rising cost of raw materials such as plastic and steel as well as higher labor costs at...

2008-08-09 18:00:20

Tokyo, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)--Aderans Holdings Co. shareholders at their extraordinary meeting Saturday approved new board members including Kiyoshi Hayakawa, new president of the major wig maker. The ad-hoc meeting was held after nominations of President Takayoshi Okamoto and six other board members were rejected at the firm's annual shareholders meeting in May. With the approval of the new management board members, backed by top shareholder Steel Partners Japan Strategic Fund (Offshore)...

2008-08-07 18:01:12

Tokyo, Aug. 7 (Jiji Press)--A newly created Japanese government panel started discussions Thursday on possible restrictions on foreign ownership of Japanese airports. The 13-member panel, chaired by Seiichi Ochiai, professor at Chuo University's law school, will release the outcome of the discussions in November. The panel is supervised by Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura and Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Sadakazu Tanigaki. Some members told the...

2008-08-07 18:00:41

Tokyo, Aug. 7 (Jiji Press)--Japan Airlines said Thursday it posted a group operating profit of 3,914 million yen in April-June, recovering profitability thanks to brisk demand for international flights and benefits of restructuring efforts. The result compares with a loss of 8,546 million yen logged a year before and represents the airline's first operating profit for the quarter since its business integration with Japan Air System in October 2002. On the net balance, JAL booked a loss...

2008-08-06 18:00:23

Tokyo, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japan Airlines returned to an operating profit in April-June, sources familiar with the matter told Jiji Press Wednesday. For the fiscal first quarter, the firm is believed to have secured a consolidated operating profit of several billion yen, against the year-before loss of 8.5 billion yen. This is the airline's first operating profit for the quarter since its business integration with Japan Air System Co. in October 2002. The firm will announce its...

2008-08-04 18:00:54

Tokyo, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japan will call on oil producing and consuming nations to meet by the end of this year to discuss ways to stabilize oil prices, new Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshihiro Nikai said Monday. Oil producers and consumers have agreed to meet again next year, but such a gathering should be held earlier, Nikai said in an interview. Freewheeling speculators that make outrageously big profits on soaring oil and other natural resources prices need to be...

2008-08-02 18:00:06

Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japan has been warned of a radioactive leak from a U.S. nuclear submarine that made port calls in Japan, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday. The announcement came one day after the ministry received the information from the U.S. government, the ministry said. Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura said at a press conference that the ministry should have made public the information promptly. The U.S. Navy said that minuscule amounts of radioactivity might...

2008-07-31 18:00:21

Tokyo, July 31 (Jiji Press)--Japan's population in fiscal 2007 increased for the first time in three years, the Internal Affairs Ministry said Thursday. The population stood at 127,066,178 as of March 31, up 12,707 from a year before, according to the report, which is based on a survey of the resident register. The male population stood at 62,117,295, and the female population at 64,948,883. Reflecting an acceleration of population concentration in Tokyo, the number of residents in the...

2008-07-30 18:00:49

Tokyo, July 30 (Jiji Press)--Eliiy Power Co. will build a plant to mass-produce large lithium-ion batteries in the eastern Japan city of Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, the municipal government announced Wednesday. The company, a joint venture whose investors include Sharp Corp. and Daiwa House Industry Co. , will build the new plant on a 30,000- square-meter site, aiming to start operations in October 2009. The batteries will be used to store solar energy for backup power supplies to...


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 'kardia,' heart.
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