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Japan says hostage negotiations with militants 'deadlocked'

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TOKYO - Efforts by Japan and Jordan to secure the release of two of their nationals held captive by Islamic State militants remain "deadlocked" and the situation remains highly unpredictable, Japanese officials said.

World, Japan, Jordan 4:51am EST

Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

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AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. | Video

World, Japan, Jordan 3:46am EST

Panasonic withdraws from TV production in China: source

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TOKYO - Panasonic Corp has stopped making TVs in China and plans to liquidate its joint venture in Shandong, a company source said on Saturday, the latest in a string of Japanese electronics companies exiting overseas TV markets amid strong pricing pressure.

Deals, China, Japan, Mexico 2:03am EST

Fri, Jan 30 2015

Balloonists surpass a record for time aloft in transpacific journey

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A pair of balloonists trying to fly to North America from Japan passed a major milestone on Friday that could soon be declared a world record for the length of time spent in the air by a gas-filled balloon, a spokeswoman said.

30 Jan 2015

U.S. hedge fund Elliott gets right to take stake in Germany's DMG

BERLIN - U.S. hedge fund Elliott has obtained the right to take a stake in German machine-tool maker DMG Mori Seiki AG , for which Japanese partner DMG Mori Seiki Co Ltd made a takeover offer last week, the German company said on Friday.

Deals, Japan 30 Jan 2015

Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

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AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. | Video

World, Japan 30 Jan 2015

Japan looks at 2030 energy targets in shadow of Fukushima cleanup

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TOKYO - Japan began deliberating its 2030 targets for power generation on Friday, a process likely to turn contentious when nuclear restarts are considered even as the much delayed cleanup at Fukushima continues four years after the meltdowns there.

Environment, Japan 30 Jan 2015

U.S. would welcome Japan air patrols in South China Sea

TOKYO - The United States would welcome a Japanese extension of air patrols into the South China Sea as a counterweight to a growing fleet of Chinese vessels pushing China's territorial claims in the region, a senior U.S. Navy officer told Reuters.

World, China, Japan 30 Jan 2015

Honda cuts profit target as Takata air bag recalls bite

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TOKYO - Japan's Honda Motor Co sliced 6.5 percent off its core annual profit forecast as it set aside hundreds of millions of dollars in extra cash to cover an extended car recall to replace potentially faulty air bags made by Takata Corp.

30 Jan 2015

ANA Holdings orders Boeing, Airbus planes worth $2.2 billion

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TOKYO - Japan's biggest airline, ANA Holdings, said on Friday it had ordered 15 jetliners from Boeing Co and Airbus Group worth $2.2 billion to bolster flights on domestic routes.

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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.