FEATURE: Local community, private owner vital to Tomioka mill UNESCO listing
TOKYO - The UNESCO World Heritage Committee recently decided to add the Tomioka Silk Mill to the World Cultural Heritage list as a result of strenuous efforts to preserve the historic building, symbolizing Japan's industrialization from the 19th century, by its previous owner and the local community.
The red-brick building in Tomioka, Gunma Prefecture, completed in 1872, became the launch pad of Japan's modern manufacturing industry by achieving mass production of silk using proprietary technologies.
Dollar trades at lower 102 yen in early Tokyo deals
TOKYO - The U.S. dollar traded in the lower 102 yen range early Monday in Tokyo, up slightly from its level Friday in Tokyo.
At 9 a.m., the dollar fetched 102.11-13 yen compared with 102.00-01 yen at 5 p.m. Friday in Tokyo. The New York market was closed Friday for the Fourth of July holiday.
Chinese man arrested over shooting wife dead at Tokyo hotel
TOKYO - A Chinese man has been arrested after allegedly shooting his wife dead at a hotel in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district on Sunday night.
The 54-year-old resident of Itabashi Ward in Tokyo is suspected of shooting his wife, also Chinese and believed to be in her 50s, at around 10:40 p.m. Sunday at the hotel's cafe.
Nikkei opens slightly higher on weaker yen
TOKYO - The Nikkei stock index opened slightly higher Monday as investor sentiment was lifted by the relative weakness of the yen against the U.S. dollar.
In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 8.72 points, or 0.06 percent, from Friday to 15,445.85. Meanwhile, the broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 0.80 point, or 0.06 percent, to 1,284.44.