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January 24, 2014



TOKYO, Jan. 25 -- (Kyodo) _ ---------- Abe asks for understanding of Japanese dolphin hunting

TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought to explain to the international community in a recent interview with CNN the practice of dolphin hunting in a small town in western Japan, responding to online comments posted by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy last week, who denounced the practice.

"The dolphin hunting that takes place in Taiji town is an ancient practice rooted in their culture and supports their livelihoods," Abe said in the interview, part of which is on CNN's website. "We hope you will understand this."

---------- Panasonic to begin selling tablets in India

OSAKA - Panasonic Corp. is considering selling tablet computers in India and smartphones in Nepal and Bangladesh within the year as part of its effort to restructure its mobile device business, which has been performing poorly in Japan, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

The electronics maker also plans to launch traditional flip cellphones in India after starting selling smartphones in the country last year.

---------- Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko leave for Peru, Argentina

TOKYO - Prince Akishino, the youngest son of Japan's Emperor Akihito, and his wife Princess Kiko left for Peru and Argentina on Saturday.

Their visit follows last year's marking of 140 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Peru, and 50 years since an immigration agreement between Japan and Argentina came into effect.

---------- Abe to further discuss energy policy with ruling parties, public

TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday he will further discuss a new energy policy that supports the use of nuclear power with the ruling parties and the public.

"The energy policy is an important agenda that is directly related to public life," Abe told reporters. "I hope to compile a desirable energy policy by hearing what people have to say and discussing it with the ruling parties."


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Source: Japan Economic Newswire


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