TOKYO, Feb. 24 -- (Kyodo) _ ---------- Tokyo stocks end slightly lower after choppy session
TOKYO - Tokyo stocks ended slightly lower Monday in choppy trading as the yen turned higher, weighing on major exporters such as automakers, while insurers sagged on concerns over heavy damage payouts resulting from recent snowfalls.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended down 27.99 points, or 0.19 percent, from Friday at 14,837.68. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 3.24 points, or 0.27 percent, lower at 1,219.07.
---------- Panasonic to launch toughpad tablet computers for corporate customers
TOKYO - Panasonic Corp. unveiled on Monday a pair of 5-inch screen tablet computers for corporate customers, which can withstand heat and water as well as dust.
The toughpad FZ-E1 built on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Embedded 8 Handheld platform will be launched in mid-June in Japan, while the FZ-X1 built on Google Inc.'s Android will hit the market in August, with both expected to sell for around 130,000 yen.
---------- Kanemi food poisoning damages suit rejected again
FUKUOKA - The Fukuoka High Court on Monday rejected a damages suit by victims of a mass food poisoning outbreak in the 1960s, upholding an earlier lower court decision.
The high court supported the Fukuoka District Court's decision last March that held Kanemi Soko K.K. -- producers of the contaminated rice bran cooking oil that caused the outbreak -- responsible for the poisoning, but ruled the victims' right to damages had expired before they filed the suit in 2008.
---------- FEATURE: Australia forced adoption victims still suffer despite gov't apology
SYDNEY - "What did I have? Where's my baby?" Those are the words no mother should ever have to utter, especially a woman who had spent several hours in labor, the whole time being tied down to the side of the bed with towels. But this was the reality of many women in Australia between the 1950s and 1970s.
"I don't know where they thought we were going to go. We were in labor. You can't get up and run away," recalled Linda Bryant now 69, a mother whose daughter was taken away from her just moments after birth.