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Kyodo news summary -5-

June 23, 2014


Dollar falls to 101 yen level after upbeat China data

TOKYO - The U.S. dollar fell to the upper 101 yen zone Monday in Tokyo as upbeat Chinese manufacturing data helped push up the Australian dollar against the U.S. currency and the latter's softness subsequently rippled through to other currency pairs.

At 5 p.m., the dollar fetched 101.87-88 yen compared with 102.01-11 yen in New York and 101.91-92 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Friday. It moved between 101.85 yen and 102.14 yen during the day, changing hands most frequently at 102.08 yen.


Minister apologizes for remark on Fukushima nuclear soil storage

FUKUSHIMA, Japan - Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara apologized Monday for a remark suggesting the issue of where to store contaminated soil from the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was a matter of money.

Ishihara made the apology to Toshitsuna Watanabe, the mayor of the town of Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, one of the candidate sites for the construction of temporary storage facilities for the waste.


LDP Tokyo assembly member admits sexist heckling

TOKYO - A ruling Liberal Democratic Party member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly on Monday admitted heckling an assemblywoman with sexist remarks during a session last week.

Akihiro Suzuki, 51, apologized to Ayaka Shiomura, a 35-year-old Your Party assemblywoman, and offered to quit the LDP group, after she was heckled Wednesday while asking questions about maternity support measures during a plenary session.


Honda, Nissan, Mazda recalling 2.9 mil. vehicles over faulty air bag

TOKYO - Honda Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. said Monday they are recalling about 2.92 million vehicles worldwide due to defective air bag inflators.

The three companies reported to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism that they are recalling 808,000 vehicles in Japan involving 25 models including the Cube, Atenza and Stream.


N. Korea accuses Japan of trying to deny wartime sex slavery

BEIJING - North Korea on Monday accused Japan of trying to deny its military's forced recruitment of mostly Asian women as sex slaves during wartime, warning that persisting in this will only invite "international isolation."

The criticism was carried by the official Korean Central News Agency after Japan last Friday revealed that the wording of its 1993 apology over the use of "comfort women" during and before World War II was the product of close coordination between Tokyo and Seoul.


Customs data show no oil exports from China to N. Korea in Jan.-May

BEIJING - China exported no crude oil to North Korea in the first five months of this year, customs data showed Monday.

But sources familiar with business ties between the two countries say that the Chinese data are not reflecting the reality.


FEATURE: Priests of different faiths forming groups across Japan

TOKYO - The formation of cross-faith groups by people engaged in religious duties is increasing in various parts of Japan.

The exact number of such organizations is unknown due to the presence of many tiny groups. On prefectural and city levels, there are some 50 groups across Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa prefectures, reflecting an increase especially since the earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeastern Japan region of Tohoku on March 11, 2011, according to an official concerned at a religious community.


Exhibition of Chinese artifacts loaned from Taiwan open in Tokyo

TOKYO - An exhibition of ancient Chinese artifacts on loan from Taiwan opened in Tokyo on Monday after the two sides patched up a last-minute dispute over the name of the Taiwan government-operated museum that owned the exhibits.

The Taiwan government, angry over the wording used by Japanese organizers in identifying the government-run national museum in Taipei, had threatened to call off the exhibits.

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Source: Japan Economic Newswire

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