Mining giant BHP Billiton has sold a 15 per cent stake in a West Australian iron ore mine to two Japanese conglomerates for $US1.5 billion ($A1.64 billion).
ITOCHU Corporation is investing $US800 million ($A872.51 million) while Mitsui is stumping up $US700 million ($A763.44 million) in shares and loans in BHP's Jimblebar mine in the Pilbara region.
ITOCHU will hold an eight per cent stake in the project while Mitsui will have a seven per cent interest.
The Supreme Court dismissed Thursday a lower court ruling that nullified suspensions and other disciplinary action against two male members of a company in Osaka due to sexual harassment in the workplace. (The Japan News)
Luxury marque Montblanc is to sell fountain pens made from a "miracle pine" tree that survived the 2011 tsunami, for a hefty $4,400, an official said, with just 20 percent of takings donated to local people. (AFP)
The mobile phone records of a 13-year-old boy who was found fatally stabbed last week along the Tama River in Kawasaki show the Line messaging app was used to contact a former schoolmate just around the time he was killed, it was learned Thursday. (Japan Times)