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February 6, 2014

TOKYO , Feb. 6 -- ( Kyodo ) _ ---------- Sony to fall into red in FY 2013 with net loss of 110 bil. yen TOKYO - Sony Corp. said Thursday it is expecting a group net loss of 110 billion yen for the year through March, against an earlier projected profit of 30 billion yen , due to disposal costs for its personal computer business and sluggish television sales. In stepped-up restructuring efforts, the electronics maker announced the sale of its Vaio computer business to Tokyo -based investment fund Japan Industrial Partners Inc. and a spinoff of its television business into a wholly owned unit from July. ---------- Japan , China mutually aware of need to avoid clash: Abe TOKYO - Japan and China share a view that they must avoid any military conflict even if they have difficulty overcoming diplomatic problems, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said recently, according to an online article published Thursday. Abe repeatedly called for talks with Chinese leaders to address the problems, including tensions over the sovereignty of Japan -administered islands in the East China Sea . But he also criticized China for their increasingly assertive activities in the area. ---------- Disappointment at Abe's shrine visit mirrors U.S. frustration TOKYO - The U.S. expression of disappointment over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in December reflected U.S. policymakers' "frustration" that such action could undermine Washington's efforts to ensure stability in Northeast Asia , a former Pentagon official said Thursday. "I think the U.S. official expression of disappointment after the prime minister's visit was really in part out of frustration," former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy said in Tokyo . ---------- Ghostwriter questions Japanese composer's claim to be deaf TOKYO - A music lecturer who has worked as a ghostwriter for a well-known Japanese composer for nearly 20 years cast doubt Thursday over the composer's claim that he cannot hear. "Since we first met, I have never felt that he was deaf," Takashi Niigaki, 43, said at a press conference a day after media widely reported that Mamoru Samuragochi did not compose the works for which he is known, including the " Hiroshima Symphony ." ---------- Indonesia "takes note" of Singapore's concerns over warship naming JAKARTA - Indonesia said Thursday it has taken a note of Singapore's concerns over the naming of a new warship after two Indonesian commandos hanged in the city-state in 1968 for their role in bombing a building there three years earlier. "We have taken note," Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said before attending a meeting of a House of Representatives commission on foreign affairs. He did not elaborate. ---------- FEATURE: U.S.-based Japanese entrepreneur says Japan must change TOKYO - A U.S.-based entrepreneur who became the first Japanese invited to a U.S. presidential State of the Union Address says Japan must shake off its "stagnation" by fostering innovation and shedding outdated ideas. "There are too many tacit, meaningless rules in Japan , for instance, people majoring in science cannot be a diplomat, and that has generated a sense of stagnation in Japanese society," Hiroyuki Fujita said in an interview in Tokyo .

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Source: Japan Economic Newswire

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