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2008-07-11 18:00:34

Tokyo, July 11 (Jiji Press)--The University of Tokyo's Institute of Medical Science said Friday one of its professors took part in falsifying a research paper and is suspected of doing so in more cases. The professor, Arinobu Tojo, 52, who heads the molecular therapy division, and his colleagues in their research paper on a mechanism of acute myeloid leukemia made a false statement that their study had obtained patients' written consent and advance approval from the university's ethics...

2008-07-11 18:00:29

Tokyo, July 11 (Jiji Press)--Japanese chemical maker Kaneka Corp. said Friday it will sell its polystyrene paper business to Sekisui Plastics Co. by the end of January 2009. The sale of the business, currently operated by Sunpolymer Corp., a fully owned subsidiary of Kaneka, is aimed at strengthening competitiveness in an increasingly tough business environment amid rising material costs. Further details, such as the sale price, are to be decided, Kaneka said. In the year ended in...

2008-07-11 18:00:29

Tokyo, July 11 (Jiji Press)--Japanese oil distributor TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. and fully owned unit Tonen Chemical Corp. are set to build a plant for battery separator films in South Korea. The two firms have agreed with the South Korean government on the construction of the plant in the city of Gumi in Gyeongsang Province, TonenGeneral Sekiyu said Friday. The size of investment and the timing of the plant's operational launch have not been decided yet, it said. The films are a key...

2008-07-10 18:00:32

Tokyo, July 10 (Jiji Press)--The number of travelers using Narita International Airport, east of Tokyo, is expected to fall in this year's summer holiday season after hitting a record a year before, its operator said Thursday. The number of travelers between July 17 and Aug. 31 is projected to fall 3.7 pct from a year before to 3,745,800, Narita International Airport Corp. said. The expected decline largely reflects soaring fuel surcharges on international airfares at a time of high crude...

2008-07-08 18:00:32

Tokyo, July 8 (Jiji Press)--Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd. said Tuesday it has spent about 35 billion yen to boost its annual seamless pipe production capacity by 9 pct to about 1.2 million tons. The steelmaker has completed the production boost work at its steel plants in Amagasaki and Wakayama to meet growing demand for seamless pipes used for exploration of oil and natural gas reserves. Operations were launched late last month.END (c) 2008 Jiji Press English News Service. Provided by...

2008-07-04 18:00:19

Tokyo, July 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. and Sekisui Chemical Co. will jointly make reinforced plastic tubes for water supply and sewerage systems in Russia, the two companies said Friday. The companies will set up a joint venture near St. Petersburg with a local firm to start production in late December, aiming for sales of 5 billion yen in fiscal 2011. The new company, LLC Sumi-Lon, is owned 40 pct by Sumitomo, 30 pct by Sekisui Chemicals and the rest by ZAO...

2008-07-01 18:00:10

Tokyo, July 1 (Jiji Press)--Cable broadcaster Usen Corp. said Tuesday it plans to take full control of its staffing service subsidiary, Intelligence Ltd. , through an equity swap by the end of September to strengthen the group's sales operations. Intelligence shares will be delisted from the Jasdaq Securities Exchange on Sept. 30. Usen currently owns 37.64 pct of Intelligence. The swap ratio and other details will be decided later. Intelligence shares closed at 79,500 yen Tuesday....

2008-06-28 18:02:27

Tokyo, June 28 (Jiji Press)--The Defense Ministry will launch a new office on Tuesday for studying a possibility of introducing various defense satellites and measures to ensure the safety of Japanese ships, it was learned Saturday. The decision came on the heels of the enactment of a law aimed at protecting Japan's maritime interests and another allowing the country to use space for defense purposes. The laws passed the Diet, Japan's parliament, in April 2007 and May this year,...

2008-06-27 18:02:40

Tokyo, June 27 (Jiji Press)--Four Japanese power suppliers on Friday unveiled plans to overhaul their rate structures as early as September, a move that could lead to steep rate hikes in January. Kansai Electric Power Co. , Chugoku Electric Power Co. , Shikoku Electric Power Co. and Hokkaido Electric Power Co. joined industry leader Tokyo Electric Power Co. , which on Thursday announced plans for a similar overhaul. Tohoku Electric Power Co. and Kyushu Electric Power Co. plan to make...

2008-06-26 18:02:53

Tokyo, June 26 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Electric Power Co. needs to raise electricity charges at an early date to cope with falling earnings caused by soaring oil prices, the company's new president said in a recent interview. Masataka Shimizu, who took over on Thursday, said surging fuel costs have had a considerable impact on the company's earnings. Considering the rapid pace of oil price increases, it is very important to respond at an early date, he said. Shimizu said higher power bills...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.