TOKYO , Jan. 31 -- ( Kyodo ) _ ---------- Toyota suspends sales of some models in N. America NEW YORK - Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it will suspend the sales of some vehicles in the United States and Canada , as the materials used for their seat heaters do not meet U.S. fire-resistance standards. The vehicles, including Camry and Corolla sedans as well as the Avalon midsize sedan, Sienna minivan, and Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks, were produced in North America and Mexico since August 2012 , according to Toyota . ---------- Tokyo stocks rise in morning following Wall St. rebound TOKYO - Tokyo stocks rose slightly Friday morning tracking an overnight rebound on Wall Street , but gains were limited as investors awaited a string of earnings announcements later in the day. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average went up 22.30 points, or 0.15 percent, from Thursday to end the morning at 15,029.36. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 6.46 points, or 0.53 percent, to 1,230.55. ---------- Next TPP ministerial likely in late Feb: Amari TOKYO - Japan's minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks said Friday the next TPP ministerial meeting will likely be held in late February as proposed by the United States . "There is a strong chance (the next gathering) will take place later in February. It has yet to be confirmed officially, but we are making rapid arrangements toward that," Akira Amari said at a press conference. ---------- Japan Dec. jobless rate improves to lowest in 6 yrs TOKYO - Japan's unemployment rate in December fell to a seasonally adjusted 3.7 percent from the previous month's 4.0 percent, hitting its lowest level in six years with corporate earnings picking up on the back of the economic recovery, the government said Friday. The number of unemployed people dropped 7.7 percent to 2.41 million, as people who were forced to quit jobs decreased 11.5 percent to 100,000, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said in a preliminary report. ---------- Japan's industrial output rises 1.1% in Dec. TOKYO - Japan's industrial production grew 1.1 percent in December from the previous month for the first rise in two months, adding to signs that the country's economy is picking up, government data showed Friday. The seasonally adjusted index of output at factories and mines stood at 100.3 against the base of 100 for 2010, the highest level since April 2012 , the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a preliminary report. ---------- Japan's consumer prices rise in 2013 for 1st time in 5 years TOKYO - Japan's consumer prices rose 0.4 percent in 2013 from a year earlier for the first increase in five years, due mainly to an increase in energy prices, the government said Friday. The core consumer price index, excluding fresh foods, stood at 100.1 against the 2010 base of 100, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said. In December alone, the core CPI rose 1.3 percent from a year earlier to 100.6 for the seventh straight month of increase. ---------- Japan , Russia hold talks on territorial row, economic cooperation TOKYO - Officials from Japan and Russia met Friday in Tokyo for talks expected to focus on a dispute over four Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands off Hokkaido . Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama represents Japan , while the Russian delegation is led by Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov . The meeting follows similar talks last August in Moscow . ---------- Japan 2013 jobless rate improves for 3rd straight year TOKYO - Japan's unemployment rate fell to an average 4.0 percent in 2013 from the previous year's 4.3 percent, marking a third straight year of improvement, the government said Friday. The number of unemployed people dropped by 200,000 from 2012 to 2.65 million in 2013, as those quitting jobs involuntarily decreased by 120,000 to 900,000, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said in a preliminary report.
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