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.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering postponing the consumption tax hike to 10 pct from 8 pct planned for April 2017 by two and a half years to October 2019, government sources said Saturday. (Jiji Press)
A Japanese man was arrested Wednesday in Thailand on suspicion of raping and sexually harassing a number boys aged between 13 and 15 in the country's northern province of Chiang Mai, investigators said. (Japan Times)
A panel of Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department came up with a report on Wednesday calling for legal regulations on the so-called JK business, in which high school girls offer such services as massage and dating. (Jiji Press)