Japan Headlines

'Big Hero 6' to the rescue at new-look Tokyo film festival

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TOKYO - Hello Kitty and Doraemon anime characters strutted their stuff on the red carpet on Thursday, as Disney's "Big Hero 6" kicked off a new-look Tokyo film festival that taps into Japan's love of animation.

Film, Entertainment, Japan 8:31am EDT

China criticizes U.S. missile defense radar in Japan

BEIJING - The United States is damaging stability in the Asia-Pacific region by positioning a missile defense radar in Japan, China said on Thursday.

World, China, Japan 6:56am EDT

Honda executives to take pay cut after fifth Fit hybrid recall

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TOKYO - Honda Motor Co said on Thursday its president and 12 other executives would take an unprecedented, quality-related pay cut after the Japanese automaker announced the fifth recall in a year of its new Fit hybrid model.

U.S. prosecutors probe Takata Corp over statements: WSJ

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NEW YORK - U.S. federal prosecutors are trying to determine whether Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp misled U.S. regulators about the number of defective air bags it sold to automakers, including Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co Ltd , The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Autoliv says taking business in wake of Takata woes

STOCKHOLM - Auto safety parts company Autoliv has seen positive effects on its business in the wake of recent issues with Japanese auto parts maker Takata's air bags, the Swedish firm's top executive said on Thursday.

Japan PM's new minister hit by scandal over racy bar bill

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TOKYO - Japan's new trade minister on Thursday called his support group's spending at a racy bar "inappropriate," but declined to sell shares in Tokyo Electric Power, the operator of the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant his ministry supervises.

World, Japan, Nuclear Power 6:06am EDT

Japan prosecutors set to rule on possible Fukushima indictments

TOKYO - Japanese prosecutors must decide this month whether to charge Tokyo Electric Power Co former executives for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, in a process that could drag the wrecked nuclear plant's operator into criminal court.

World, Japan, Nuclear Power 2:02am EDT

Wed, Oct 22 2014

U.S. prosecutors probe Takata Corp over statements: WSJ

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NEW YORK - U.S. federal prosecutors are trying to determine whether Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp misled U.S. regulators about the number of defective air bags it sold to automakers, including Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co Ltd, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Toyota executive stands by Takata as supplier despite air bag troubles

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TOKYO - A top Toyota Motor Corp executive said on Wednesday the Japanese automaker has no plans to abandon Takata Corp despite the supplier's struggles with air bag inflators that could rupture and spray metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants.

22 Oct 2014

Japan casino bill delayed again; resort opening could miss Olympics: sources

TOKYO - Japan's plan to open up to casino gambling has been delayed again, three people familiar with the process said, dealing a blow to one of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy priorities and to hopes the first resort will open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

World, Japan 22 Oct 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.