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Japanese comics and animation enjoy growing female audience in U.S

FEATURE: Japanese comics and animation enjoy growing female audience in U.S LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 Kyodo For nearly 10 years, Kate Alexander has enjoyed the stories and characters portrayed in Japanese comics and animation, from the tales of bounty hunters and ninjas, to the adventures of cyborgs and magical school girls. ”I love the Japanese […]

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Vietnam becomes one of SE Asia’s biggest gold consumers

Vietnam becomes one of SE Asia’s biggest gold consumers HANOI, Feb. 26 Kyodo Vietnam’s demand for gold set a new record in 2001 for the third successive year, with the country consuming 73 tons of gold, 13 tons more than in 2000, the official Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported on Tuesday. VNA quoted the World […]

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Recession-hit JASA sees 200 mil. yen revenue shortfall

Recession-hit JASA sees 200 mil. yen revenue shortfall TOKYO, March 9 Kyodo The Japan Amateur Sports Association (JASA) expects revenue for fiscal 1998 will be about 200 million yen short of the 3.8 billion yen forecast in its original budget, association officials said Tuesday. Corporate sponsorship revenue for JASA, which governs Japan’s amateur sports, is […]

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Singapore budget airlines merge amid fierce rivalry

Singapore budget airlines merge amid fierce rivalry SINGAPORE, July 25 Kyodo Singapore-based budget airlines Jetstar Asia Airways and Valuair have announced that they are merging by setting up a new company in Singapore to own and run both airlines, company officials said Monday. Jetstar Asia is 49 percent owned by Australia’s Qantas Airways and launched […]

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Key Korean stock index closes at yearly high 1,028.07

Key Korean stock index closes at yearly high 1,028.07 SEOUL, Dec. 28 Kyodo The Seoul stock exchange closed for the year Tuesday with the key share price index hitting a yearly high of 1,028.07, up 74.95% from the year’s opening at 587.63, reports Yonhap. The benchmark index gained 22.34 points, or 2.2%, from Monday to […]

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Computer glitch causes utility bill chaos in Singapore

Computer glitch causes utility bill chaos in Singapore SINGAPORE, Jan. 19 Kyodo A jobless man in Singapore got a rude shock when he received a staggering utilities bill of nearly S$40,000 (US$23,000) recently. A glitch in the computer systems at Power Supply Ltd., the state-run monopoly for electricity, and the one-stop billing agency for all […]

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War-damaged Vietnam hospital improved with Japanese grant

War-damaged Vietnam hospital improved with Japanese grant HANOI, July 25 Kyodo A Hanoi hospital heavily bombed by the United States in 1972 got a major facelift and became the biggest and best-equipped in the country Tuesday at the completion of a major improvement project. Bach Mai Hospital, built in 1911, has now become the leading […]

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‘Winter Sonata’ hero, Olympic athlete feature year’s theme dolls

‘Winter Sonata’ hero, Olympic athlete feature year’s theme dolls TOKYO, Nov. 16 Kyodo South Korean actor Bae Yong Jun, star of the hit TV drama ”Winter Sonata,” and Kyoko Hamaguchi, the women’s freestyle wrestling bronze medalist in the Athens Olympics, featured the year’s popular theme dolls made by a major Tokyo doll maker, the manufacturer […]

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LEAD: Central Sulawesi quake sinks island, 5 villages

LEAD: Central Sulawesi quake sinks island, 5 villages JAKARTA, May 5 Kyodo (EDS: UPDATES WITH ISLAND SINKING) A powerful earthquake that jolted the Banggai Islands in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi Province on Thursday sunk an entire island and five villages, raising fears the death toll could be much greater than first reported, a television report said […]

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Isuzu to produce buses in China

Isuzu to produce buses in China ZHUHAI, China, Dec. 7 Kyodo Isuzu Motors Ltd. has agreed with China’s Guangzhou municipal government to jointly produce buses with a local concern, a municipal official said Tuesday. The parties agreed to the plan last month, and are expected to sign an accord by the end of this month, […]