Harumi Ozawa
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/ 17 April 2008

G8 business chiefs spar over climate change

World business chiefs gathered in Tokyo on Thursday to discuss ways to tackle global warming as transatlantic tensions emerged over how far industry should go to reduce emissions. The heads of the business federations of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialised nations agreed that climate change needs serious attention.

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/ 29 September 2006

Sony scrambles to contain growing battery troubles

Japan’s Sony, scrambling to contain the fall-out from widening defective battery problems, launched a global replacement programme after China’s Lenovo became the latest computer maker to mount a recall. Sony will offer to replace certain battery packs for notebook computers in response to concerns at recent overheating incidents, it said late on Thursday.

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/ 13 July 2006

Author of Japanese suicide manual has no regrets

Wataru Tsurumi sparked outrage more than a decade ago with his handbook on how to commit suicide. Now, he says, Japan is finally addressing an issue it long turned a blind eye to. The Complete Manual of Suicide, which was published in 1993 and has sold more than a million copies, has created the momentum for the start of public discussions on the issue, he said.