TOKYO, Sept. 13 -- (Kyodo) _ ---------- Pre-orders for iPhone 5c kick off in Japan
TOKYO - Mobile phone carriers began taking pre-orders for Apple Inc.'s iPhone 5c from Friday afternoon in Japan, with NTT Docomo Inc.'s first launch of the popular handset series further fueling competition between carriers.
In Japan, NTT Docomo, Softbank Mobile Corp. and KDDI Corp. are selling the two newest models of the iPhone including the lower-price iPhone 5c. The carriers will not take pre-orders for the premium iPhone 5s, which features a fingerprint security sensor that can unlock the handset.
---------- Japan, Mongolia aim for regular talks on N. Korea's abductions
TOKYO - Japan and Mongolia agreed Friday to pursue a regular working-level dialogue also involving the United States on the long-standing issue of North Korea's abductions of Japanese citizens.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Mongolian Prime Minister Norov Altankhuyag and exchanged views on how to resolve the issue of abductions in the 1970s and 1980s, which has prevented Japan and North Korea from establishing diplomatic ties. Mongolia has diplomatic relations with the reclusive state.
---------- Japan to help Vietnam introduce Japanese-style postal system
TOKYO - Japan will reach an agreement soon to help Vietnam introduce a Japanese-style postal system to enhance the quality of its services, Japanese government officials said Friday.
Japan plans to help Vietnam introduce automatic postal code-reading and sorting machines, and improve its mail distribution network, the officials said.
---------- Int'l forces release hostages in counterterrorism drill
SENTUL, Indonesia - A five-day joint counterterrorism exercise involving experts and special forces of 18 Asia-Pacific countries, which included hostage release simulations, concluded Friday near Jakarta. "Indonesia and the United States co-chaired the joint exercise, which was held at the Indonesian Peace and Security Center in Sentul in West Java Province.