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Japan's Idemitsu in talks to buy Showa Shell for $4.1 bln-source

TOKYO, Dec 20 - Japanese oil refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co is in talks to acquire a smaller rival, Showa Shell Sekiyu, for $4.2 billion in a deal that could create the nation's second largest player in the domestic gasoline market, a person with knowledge of the issue said.

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Fri, Dec 19 2014

U.S. reaches out to China, others, for help on Sony hack

WASHINGTON - The United States has sought help from China, Japan, South Korea and Russia in combating cyber attacks such as the one Washington on Friday accused North Korea of carrying out against Sony Pictures, U.S. officials said.

Tech, World, Japan, Cyber Crime 19 Dec 2014

U.S. reaches out to China, others, for help on Sony hack

WASHINGTON - The United States has sought help from China, Japan, South Korea and Russia in combating cyber attacks such as the one Washington on Friday accused North Korea of carrying out against Sony Pictures, U.S. officials said.

19 Dec 2014

U.S. consults Japan, China, South Korea, Russia on North Korean hacking

WASHINGTON - The United States has consulted with Japan, China, South Korea and Russia seeking assistance in reining in North Korean cyberattacks, a U.S. official said on Friday.

Tech, World, Japan 19 Dec 2014

U.S. consults Japan, China, South Korea, Russia on North Korean hacking

WASHINGTON - The United States has consulted with Japan, China, South Korea and Russia seeking assistance in reining in North Korean cyber attacks, a U.S. official said on Friday.

19 Dec 2014

Japanese activist challenges secrets law with whistleblower tool

TOKYO - A Japanese Internet activist and academic is challenging a new state secrets law by setting up a website aimed at making it easier for government officials to leak sensitive information to the media without getting caught.

World, Japan 19 Dec 2014

Nippon Life, other Japan life insurers join $375 mln Bunge loan

TOKYO, Dec 19 - Japan's three largest life insurers, including Nippon Life Insurance Co, have joined more than a dozen Japanese lenders in a $375 million syndicated loan to U.S. trade house Bunge Ltd, the lenders said on Friday.

Bonds, Regulatory News, Japan 19 Dec 2014

Japanese activist challenges secrets law with whistleblower tool

TOKYO, Dec 19 - A Japanese Internet activist and academic is challenging a new state secrets law by setting up a website aimed at making it easier for government officials to leak sensitive information to the media without getting caught.

19 Dec 2014

Japan inflation seen slowing, rocky path to BOJ target

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TOKYO - Japan's annual core consumer inflation probably slowed for a fourth straight month in November, mirroring a slide in oil prices, a Reuters poll showed, underscoring a tough task for the Bank of Japan to achieve its 2 percent inflation target. | Video

Business, Japan 19 Dec 2014

Media reports about 2.5 p point corp tax cut not far off - Japan's Amari

TOKYO - Japanese Economic Minister Akira Amari said on Friday media reports that the government could lower the corporate tax rate by 2.5 percentage points next fiscal year are not far off but the government is still working on the plan.

Business, Japan 19 Dec 2014