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2011-04-27 05:17:00

LONDON, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MINDS International, the global association of digital news agencies, has expanded its reach with the addition of four news agencies to its network. At a recent General Meeting in London, MINDS announced its newest members as Australian Associated Press (AAP), Danish Ritzaus Bureau, Swedish Tidningarnas Telegrambyra (TT) and the South Korean Yonhap News Agency. In addition, MINDS has also announced the appointment of Clive Marshall, CEO of the...

2011-04-07 00:00:28

Dempsey Partners LLC, a professional services firm that provides catastrophic insurance claim recovery assistance to corporate risk managers, and Tokyo Kyodo Accounting Office, a Tokyo-based affiliate of RSM International, the world's sixth largest accounting firm, announced the formation of a joint venture to help companies quantify and resolve property, business interruption, and supply chain claims arising from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Wilton, CT, USA (PRWEB) April 6, 2011...

2011-03-17 00:00:00

TOKYO, March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- K.K. Kyodo News has opened a page on Facebook to send out information in English on the latest developments in disaster-stricken Japan to the rest of the world. The M9.0 temblor that struck the Tohoku region on Japan's northeastern Pacific coast on March 11 violently rocked some parts to the intensity of 7 on the Japanese seismic scale of 10, triggering massive tsunami as high as 10 meters. As of midnight March 16, a National Police Agency tally...

2010-09-08 04:36:00

TOKYO, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Kyodo News has launched a fully redesigned website for its English-language service as part of efforts to strengthen its multilingual and multimedia services. The new site is more user-friendly with such tools as News Reader, which enables users to read the latest headlines in registered news categories, and Read It Later, which allows users to save stories for future reading. It also carries bigger photos with a slideshow function. The new site offers a...

2009-10-09 00:59:00

TOKYO, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- "Kyodo News" is now available for iPhone and iPod touch. Daily Japanese news is available not only in the Japanese language but also in English for the international market. The Japanese and English versions are both priced at US$2.99 for a 3-month subscription in iTunes App Store of Apple Inc. The news is distributed to iPhone/iPod touch through "Kijizo" which is a solution for news reader (client) and news distribution (server) developed by EAST Co., Ltd....

2009-08-27 23:40:00

Japan's jobless rate rose to a record high 5.7 percent in July despite recent signs of economic recovery, the government said Friday. The July figure, up from 5.4 percent in June, breaks the previous post-World War II record of 5.5 percent, set in April 2003. The rising jobless rate is likely to be another setback for the already embattled Prime Minister Taro Aso's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which faces elections Sunday, analysts told Kyodo News. Polls show the opposition Democratic...

2009-08-26 01:50:46

Japan's July trade surplus totaled 380 billion yen or $4.03 billion due to a sharp drop in imports while exports declined, the government said Wednesday. The July number was the sixth straight month of a surplus, the Finance Ministry said, Kyodo news reported. July exports fell 36.5 percent from a year earlier to 4,844.66 billion yen or $51.43 billion. During the same month, imports fell 40.8 percent to 4,464.42 billion yen or $47.4 billion, the report said. The ministry said the pace of...

2009-08-16 23:59:22

A survey of 108 major Japanese companies found 66 percent of them expect the economy to recover by the first half of 2010. The survey indicated a growing view that the economy, the world's second-largest after the United States, is hitting the bottom, reported Kyodo News, which compiled the results. A government report Monday said the economy in the April-June quarter expanded 0.9 percent from the previous quarter, the first such quarterly growth in more than a year, indicating Japan's...

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