Japanese airport closed after WWII bomb found – Yahoo! News.
Employees deal with passengers at the counter at Sendai Airport in Sendai, northern Japan after flights in and out of the airport were canceled Tuesday-nader-nazemi-
TOKYO (AP) — A major airport in northern Japan was closed Tuesday after construction workers found an unexploded bomb believed to be from World War II.
All 92 flights in and out of Sendai airport were cancelled after the 250-kilogram (550-pound) bomb was uncovered during construction near a runway, local police official Hiroshi Ouchi said. The bomb was identified as American-made and is believed to be a dud from World War II.
UK, Japan scientists win Nobel for stem cell breakthroughs – Yahoo! News.
Kyoto University Professor Shinya Yamanaka (L) and John Gurdon of the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge are seen at a symposium on induced pluripotent stem cell in Tokyo
This is a great scientific achievement/discovery.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Scientists from Britain and Japan shared a Nobel Prize on Monday for the discovery that adult cells can be transformed back into embryo-like stem cells that may one day regrow tissue in damaged brains, hearts or other organs.
John Gurdon, 79, of the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, Britain and Shinya Yamanaka, 50, of Kyoto University in Japan, discovered ways to create tissue that would act like embryonic cells, without the need to harvest embryos.
They share the $1.2 million Nobel Prize for Medicine, for work Gurdon began 50 years ago and Yamanaka capped with a 2006 experiment that transformed the field of “regenerative medicine” – the field of curing disease by regrowing healthy tissue.
A 63-year-old engineer is Japan’s ‘last ninja’ – Yahoo! News.
Japan’s Last Ninja
Japan’s Last Ninja showing dying Art
I was always fascinated by Ancient history and especially secretive organizations and groups that perfected a set of skills over the centuries and were always shrouded in mystery.
A 63-year-old former engineer may not fit the typical image of a dark-clad assassin with deadly weapons who can disappear into a cloud of smoke. But Jinichi Kawakami is reputedly Japan‘s last ninja.
As the 21st head of the Ban clan, a line of ninjas that can trace its history back some 500 years, Kawakami is considered by some to be the last living guardian of Japan’s secret spies.
“I think I’m called (the last ninja) as there is probably no other person who learned all the skills that were directly” handed down from ninja masters over the last five centuries, he said.
Japan Widens Inquiry Into Insider Trading – NYTimes.com.
Tsutomu Okubo, head of the Democratic Party’s financial affairs committee, said regulators were scrutinizing suspicious trading.
The whole Financial world is corrupt. The biggest scandal in the last century is the LIBOR manipulation that went without any media frenzy. Everyone is bought and sold. It is disgusting what is going on in Wall Street and the Financial World in general.
TOKYO — A government investigation into insider trading in Japan has extended onto the trading floors of some of the largest Wall Street companies, includingGoldman Sachs, UBS and Deutsche Bank.
A governing party committee has asked regulators to scrutinize suspicious trading activity before at least 12 public offering announcements over the past three years, said Tsutomu Okubo, head of the financial affairs committee of the Democratic Party. The committee has been working with regulators to stiffen insider trading laws in Japan.
Why did Japan’s gymnastics coach have $100 bills in his hand to file appeal? | Fourth-Place Medal – Yahoo! Sports.
Japanese Coach giving Judges Money
This is both hilarious and inappropriate. They need other mechanisms for this kind of protest. And why do they need to collect cash in such a public manner. I don’t know where do they hoard the cash, but it better be kept safe with the sorry state of security affairs in the London Olympics.
Operating within the rules and regulations of gymnastics, a Japanese coach handed over a wad of $100 bills to the governing body of the sport on Monday night in order to file an appeal on behalf of his athlete.
awkwardly stumbled off the pommel horse in the final event of the men’s team competition. His resulting score left Japan in fourth place. But team officials protested that his fall had actually been a dismount and should have earned points based on gymnastic’s (confusing) scoring system.
Dentsu of Japan to Buy Aegis of Britain for About $5 Billion – NYTimes.com.
Tadashi Ishii, left, chief of Dentsu, and Jerry Buhlmann, chief of Aegis.
This is a very good move by the Japanese firm. They need to expand their markets and tap into the vast international markets.
Dentsu, a Japanese advertising powerhouse that has struggled to expand internationally, made a big leap into Western markets on Thursday, saying it had agreed to buy Aegis, an agency company based in London.
The planned acquisition, valued at £3.167 billion ($4.92 billion), is one of the largest ever in the advertising business, rivaling the purchase of Young & Rubicam by theWPP 12 years ago and a deal for the parent company of Leo Burnett by Publicis Groupe in 2002.
Mizuho Buys Brazil Bank From Ailing WestLB – Deal Journal – WSJ.
Japan’s Mizuho Financial Group has snapped up one of German bank WestLB AG’s assets in Brazil as the German lender winds down its banking business.
Mizuho Financial Group
Looks like there are plenty of opportunities out there for as European banks are selling their assets at rapid pace to raise capital and getting rid of these assets at these fire-sale prices is a real boon for other banks with large cash swaths at their disposal.
But will Europe regain its position and will that market perk up again ?