Sony is in talks with suitors including Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision over the sale of its battery business, a report said, as the Japanese firm tries to repair its dented balance sheet.
Sony, which in June announced the sale of its chemical division, was eying the sale to focus on core businesses, including its video games unit, as it battles fierce overseas competition, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday.
Hon Hai-which makes Apple gadgets in China and has been in separate talks over an investment in Sony rival Sharp-is among the prospective buyers, as well as Japanese and foreign investment funds, the Nikkei said.
Japan will go ahead with research whaling in the northwestern Pacific for fiscal 2014, but by reducing catches following an International Court of Justice ruling that ordered the country to stop whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Friday. (The Japan News )
Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday they have arrested an unemployed 42-year-old man on assault charges for allegedly attacked a 10-year-old elementary school boy and two others as they were playing in Yokosuka City in February of this year. (Japan Today )
Japan and the United States ended their three-day ministerial talks in Washington on Friday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade initiative, being unable to narrow differences over Japanese tariffs in key farm product categories. (Jiji Press )
Hatsune Miku, a computer-generated Japanese pop star who performs as a hologram, is to support some of Lady Gaga's tour of North America next month, the U.S. songstress has announced on Twitter. (Japan Today )
Tochigi prefectural police said Thursday that they are questioning a man in his 30s over the murder of a 7-year-old girl in December 2005. Japanese media quoted police as saying that the man, who was arrested for dealing in fake brand-name goods, has hinted at his involvement in the murder. (Japan Today )