TOKYO , Jan. 27 -- ( Kyodo ) _ ---------- E-retailer sues gov't to lift online drug sales ban TOKYO - Major e-commerce firm Kenko.com Inc. sued the Japanese government Monday over legislation enacted last month to restrict online sales of certain over-the-counter drugs, calling the new rule an "unconstitutional" block on its freedom of business. The Tokyo -based firm filed a suit against the government with the Tokyo District Court , seeking an injunction to have the restriction revoked. ---------- Nikkei plunges, briefly falls below 15,000 for 1st time since mid-Nov. TOKYO - Tokyo shares fell almost across the board Monday, sending the Nikkei index below the 15,000 threshold temporarily for the first time since mid-November, as a sell-off in emerging market currencies prompted investors to flee riskier assets. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended down 385.83 points, or 2.51 percent, from Friday at 15,005.73, after falling to as low as 14,933.55. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 35.37 points, or 2.80 percent, lower at 1,229.23. ---------- Factory worker says lacing of food products with pesticide possible MAEBASHI , Japan - A factory worker suspected of lacing frozen food products with pesticide described to police how such poisoning could be carried out prior to his arrest, investigative sources said Monday. The police arrested Toshiki Abe , 49, on Saturday after questioning him and every other worker at the factory of Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. subsidiary Aqlifoods Co. in the town of Oizumi, Gunma Prefecture . ---------- Japan's domestic white goods shipments hit 16-year high last year TOKYO - Japan's domestic shipments of "white goods" -- large electrical appliances -- in 2013 increased 4.3 percent from the previous year to a 16-year high of 2.29 trillion yen , an industry body said Monday. Air conditioner and refrigerator shipments were brisk due to summer heat waves, the Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association said. Air conditioner shipments in volume expanded 6.2 percent to a record high of 9.01 million units. ---------- Myanmar , Japan hold events to commemorate 60th anniversary of ties YANGON - Japan and Myanmar over the weekend began a series of events such as concerts to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations, according to the Japanese Embassy . The opening event was a "Myanmar Japan Hip Hop Concert" held Sunday in Yangon , while a reception to commemorate it was to be held Monday at the resident of the Japanese ambassador, attended by artists who performed at the concert and people who have contributed to the development of friendly bilateral relations.
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