Chief negotiators from 12 Pacific Rim countries effectively ended their Brunei round of Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks on Friday, hailing progress on many issues.
The weeklong round in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei, was "successful in identifying creative and pragmatic solutions to many issues and further narrowing the remaining work," the negotiators said in a joint statement.
They will next meet in Washington Sept. 18-21, according to Japanese chief negotiator Koji Tsuruoka.
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)