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2008-08-06 12:00:22

By Kyodo News International, Tokyo Aug. 6--TOKYO -- Major air conditioner maker Daikin Industries Ltd. said Wednesday its group net profit in the April-June period dived 28.6 percent from the previous year on a 1.6 percent sales fall stemming mainly from a slowdown in the housing market in some leading European economies. In an earnings statement for the April-June quarter, Daikin said its net profit came to 18.90 billion yen on sales of 317.83 billion yen. Its pretax profit also...

2008-07-29 12:01:18

By Kyodo News International, Tokyo Jul. 29--TOKYO -- Japan's average retail price of regular gasoline is expected to hit a new high of around 185 yen per liter in August as major oil refiners Tuesday unveiled plans to raise wholesale prices by around 6 yen per liter for the coming month. Nippon Oil Corp., the nation's largest oil refiner, said it will increase August wholesale prices of gasoline and other petroleum products by 5.10 yen per liter from July in line with crude oil...

2008-07-11 15:00:41

By Kyodo News International, Tokyo Jul. 11--TOKYO -- Major Japanese oil refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co. said Friday it will raise wholesale prices of gasoline and other petroleum products in the second half of July by 4.40 yen per liter from the first half of the month. The wholesale price hikes will cover shipments between Wednesday and the end of the month and will be reflected in retail prices at Idemitsu-affiliated gas stations in August. The Oil Information Center said the...

2008-07-11 15:00:36

By Kyodo News International, Tokyo Jul. 11--TOKYO -- The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp. said Friday the independent administrative agency has signed a contract with Minotaur Exploration Ltd. of Australia to jointly explore mines in South Australia. The Japanese agency will provide A$2 million over three years for the exploration of rare earth and copper mines in the Mabel Creek region and acquire a 51 percent stake in the exploration project. It said it expects to...

2008-07-11 15:00:21

By Mai Iida, Kyodo News International, Tokyo Jul. 11--TOKYO -- Can Apple Inc.'s iPhone become another blockbuster in gadget-loving Japan, like the iPod music player? Some say that iPhone 3G has a good chance for success, considering the strong interest shown by Japanese consumers ahead of its launch. But others remain calm and say people here, who already use cellphones for TV, e-money and a train pass, may not be as surprised at the high-tech functions of the new gadget as much as...

2008-07-08 09:00:38

By Kyodo News International, Tokyo Jul. 8--BEIJING -- China's state TV network will broadcast live for the first time in its history during the Beijing Olympics, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. Jiang Heping, the controller of China Central Television's sports channel, said it will not use the 30-second delay in transmitting images that it usually practices to ensure programs are broadcast "smoothly and safely." Xinhua said it will be the first time for CCTV to show...

2008-07-02 12:01:05

By Kyodo News International, Tokyo Jul. 2--BRASILIA -- Japan and Brazil will later Wednesday agree on the enhancement of cooperation in biofuels and trade amid a sharp rise in prices of natural resources worldwide, Japanese officials said. Akira Amari, the first Japanese industry minister visiting Brazil in 24 years, will attend a meeting of a ministerial-level working group on ethanol and strike a deal with Brazil to make the South American country increase its supply of biofuels...

2008-07-02 12:01:05

By Kyodo News International, Tokyo Jul. 1--TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said Tuesday it will license its technology to recycle carbon dioxide emissions to a major Pakistani urea fertilizer producer. With the Japanese firm's know-how, Engro Chemical Pakistan Ltd. will use CO2 emitted from a new plant in urea production and methanol synthesis, Mitsubishi said. Urea production is boosted by the use of CO2. The value of the new contract has not been disclosed....

2008-07-02 12:01:05

By Kyodo News International, Tokyo Jul. 1--TOKYO -- Nippon Oil Corp. and other petroleum companies on Tuesday hiked the wholesale prices of gasoline and other petroleum products to be shipped in July by a range of 8 yen to 10 yen per liter. With the price raise, the average retail price of regular gasoline in July topped 180 yen per liter at many service stations across the nation. Nippon Oil raised wholesale prices for petroleum products for shipment in July by 8.40 yen per...

2008-07-02 12:01:04

By Kyodo News International, Tokyo Jul. 2--TOKYO -- Global investments in wind power and other new sources of energy grew 60 percent in 2007 from the previous year to $148 billion but Japan accounts for only around $1.2 billion of the total, less than 1 percent, according to a report prepared for release on Wednesday by the United Nations Environment Program. Investments in new energy businesses are rising worldwide against the backdrop of increased awareness of global warming and...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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