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Kyodo news summary -4-

August 19, 2014



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Firm fails to have decontamination workers take health checks

YOKOHAMA - A Yokohama-based firm has been reprimanded for not having one or more of its workers undergo required health checks after sending them to Fukushima Prefecture for decontamination work in the wake of the 2011 nuclear crisis, labor authorities said Tuesday.

The Tsurumi Labor Standard Inspection Office issued an order to the firm, which is now undergoing bankruptcy proceedings, in June to take corrective measures for being remiss in its duty to have its workers medically examined.

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Nikkei rises for 7th straight day on Wall St. gains, weaker yen

TOKYO - Tokyo stocks finished higher Tuesday, with the Nikkei stock index extending its winning streak to a seventh trading day on buying bolstered by overnight gains in U.S. shares and a weaker yen trend.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 127.19 points, or 0.83 percent, from Monday at 15,449.79. The Nikkei's advance for the seventh straight day was its longest rally since it rose for nine consecutive trading days last December.

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Japan department store sales down 2.5% in July

TOKYO - Japan's department store sales in July fell 2.5 percent from a year earlier on a same-store basis, down for the fourth consecutive month after the April 1 consumption tax hike, an industry body said Tuesday.

Total sales at 241 stores operated by 84 companies in the reporting month stood at 544.8 billion yen, according to the Japan Department Stores Association.

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Taiwan's top China negotiator fired for alleged security breach

TAIPEI - A high-ranking official of the Taiwan government agency that handles the island's relations with Beijing was abruptly dismissed Tuesday after being accused of breaching national security.

The Mainland Affairs Council and the Justice Ministry'sInvestigation Bureau have evidence proving the allegation against former deputy council minister Chang Hsien-yao, the council's spokeswoman, Wu Mei-hung, told a press conference, without giving details.

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2 Ospreys leave Atsugi base en route to training

YOKOHAMA - Two MV-22 Osprey aircraft left on Tuesday the Atsugi base, which is jointly used by the U.S. Navy and Japan'sMaritime Self-Defense Force, in Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo en route to exercises outside the Japanese capital, Defense Ministry sources said.

The tilt-rotor transport aircraft are believed to be heading to Camp Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, the sources said.

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Japan's key bond yield flat at 0.495%

TOKYO - The yield on the bellwether 10-year Japanese government bond finished Tuesday flat as buying after a smooth auction of 20-year government bonds offset selling in the wake of a rise in Tokyo stocks.

The yield on the No. 334, 0.6 percent issue, the main yardstick of long-term interest rates, ended interdealer trading at 0.495 percent, unchanged from Monday's close.

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Taiwan, Hong Kong celebrities netted in Beijing drug bust

HONG KONG - Taiwanese actor Kai Ko and Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan, son of kung fu action superstar Jackie Chan, were arrested in Beijing for alleged drug violations, state media reported Tuesday.

In China Central Television footage, Ko, 23, admitted to having used marijuana and apologized for his wrongdoing in a tearful confession to authorities while donning a jail uniform.

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17,000 comments sent to regulator on nuclear plant screening report

TOKYO - Japan'sNuclear Regulation Authority said Tuesday it has received some 17,000 comments and opinions from the public over a draft safety screening report on a plant in southwestern Japan.

The decision-making panel of the nuclear regulator in July approved the draft report required to restart Kyushu Electric Power Co.'sSendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture. Clearing the initial safety hurdle, the plant is expected to become the first facility to restart under new regulations introduced following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.



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Source: Japan Economic Newswire


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