TOKYO, Oct. 17 -- (Kyodo) _ ---------- Dollar trades in upper 98 yen after deal to avoid U.S. default
TOKYO - The U.S. dollar remained firm in the upper 98 yen range in late morning trading in Tokyo on Thursday after the U.S. Congress passed a bill to avert a government debt default.
At noon, the dollar fetched 98.62-64 yen compared with 98.70-80 yen in New York and 98.37-39 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
---------- Sharp to produce Igzo LCD panels at western Japan plant
TOKYO - Sharp Corp. said Thursday it will start producing small-sized "Igzo" power-saving liquid crystal display panels for smartphones by the end of this year at its plant in Mie Prefecture, western Japan.
At its Kameyama No. 2 plant, Sharp, a supplier of LCD panels for Apple Inc.'s iPhones, is currently producing medium-sized LCDs for tablet computers and notebook personal computers, as well as larger ones for high-resolution monitors.
---------- Abe mulls visiting India in Jan.: source
TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting India in January, possibly on Jan. 25 and 26, to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on boosting bilateral economic and security ties, a government source said Thursday.
Abe is expected to reaffirm with Singh the acceleration of negotiations aimed at concluding a bilateral civil nuclear cooperation pact to set a legal framework for the peaceful use of atomic-power technology.
---------- Kennedy confirmed as 1st female U.S. envoy to Japan
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy, as ambassador to Japan.
The Senate endorsed President Barack Obama's nomination of Kennedy, a 55-year-old attorney, as the country's first female envoy to Japan at its plenary session.
---------- U.S. utility SCE asks for arbitration with MHI
LOS ANGELS - Southern California Edison on Wednesday requested the International Chamber of Commerce for arbitration over defective steam generators made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., blaming the Japanese maker for the early retirement of its nuclear power plant earlier this year.