TOKYO , Jan. 23 -- ( Kyodo ) _ ---------- Gov't loses 255 documents in FY 2012, up 40% TOKYO - The government said Thursday it lost or discarded by mistake 255 official documents in fiscal 2012, up from 181 in the previous year. Around 14.24 million public documents were in the possession of ministries and government agencies as of the end of fiscal 2012 last March, according to the government's report submitted to a panel of experts under the Public Records and Archives Management Law. ---------- Mizuho Bank head Sato to quit, Hayashi picked as successor TOKYO - Mizuho Financial Group Inc. said Thursday that Yasuhiro Sato will step down as president of its core banking unit Mizuho Bank on April 1 and Deputy President Nobuhide Hayashi will take the helm of the bank. Sato will stay on as president of Mizuho Financial Group , it said. ---------- Sony to set up joint venture for genome information platform TOKYO - Sony Corp. said Thursday it will set up a joint venture by the end of next month to launch a human genome information platform as part of the electronics company's efforts to enhance its medical business. To be capitalized at 118.75 million yen , P5 Inc. will be majority-owned by Sony and its online medical information affiliate M3 Inc. , and have a minority stake held by Illumina Inc. , a U.S. company which develops genome analyzing systems, the Tokyo -based company said. ---------- Kerry eyeing visit to China possibly in mid-February WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is considering visiting China as early as mid-February, diplomatic sources said Wednesday. The plan is under discussion at a time of heightened tensions between China and Japan over territorial and historical issues. ---------- Toyota plans to expand global group sales 4% to over 10 mil. units NAGOYA - Toyota Motor Corp. plans to expand its global group auto sales this year by 4 percent from the previous year to a record 10.32 million units, setting a new record for the third straight year, it said Thursday. It could thus become the world's first automaker to achieve annual global group sales above 10 million units. ---------- S. Korea's GDP grows 2.8% in 2013: central bank SEOUL - South Korea's gross domestic product grew 2.8 percent year-on-year in 2013, up from 2 percent the previous year, the fastest pace of growth in two years, according to central bank figures released Thursday. "Exports sustained a strong growth and private spending has risen," the Bank of Korea said in a statement. ---------- Tokyo gubernatorial election campaign begins, nuclear issue on focus TOKYO - Campaigning officially started Thursday for the Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election, with the main points of focus being a possible massive earthquake, the 2020 Olympics and the aging of society, as well as whether Japan should continue to rely on nuclear power. The election, the third in as many years, follows the resignation of Naoki Inose as governor last month over his receipt of 50 million yen from scandal-tainted hospital chain Tokushukai .
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