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Japan tightens health checks on travellers against swine flu

Japan tightens health checks on travellers against swine fluTokyo - Japan began checking temperatures of passengers arriving from Mexico Saturday after a swine influenza outbreak killed more than 60 people in Mexico and infected at least eight in the United States. The Japanese government on Saturday began tightening health checks on travellers entering the country through Narita and Kansai airports directly from Mexico or via the United States.

Japanese airport begins testing for swine flu

Japanese airport begins testing for swine fluTokyo  - Japan's Narita Airport began checking temperatures of passengers arriving mainly from Mexico Saturday after a swine influenza outbreak killed at least 20 people, media reports said.

The quarantine office's thermographic imaging device detected no signs of infection on 177 passengers and crew members who arrived at Narita Saturday morning from Mexico, Jiji Press quoted airport authorities as saying.

Nomura Holdings sees record net loss for fiscal 2008

Nomura Holdings sees record net loss for fiscal 2008 Tokyo - Japan's largest brokerage house, Nomura Holings Inc, incurred a record net loss for fiscal 2008 that ended March 31, the firm said Friday.

The record loss amounted to 709.44 billion yen (7.24 billion dollars) after the firm was hit hard by the global financial turmoil and the burden of taking over part of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc in September last year.

Nomura also posted a net loss of 67.85 billion yen in fiscal 2007.

Tokyo stocks down on profit-taking ahead of earnings reports

Tokyo stocks exchangeTokyo- Tokyo stocks closed lower Friday as investors sold shares to lock in profits while waiting for earnings reports to be released by Japanese firms.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average dropped 139.02 points, or 1.57 per cent, to close at 8,707.99.

The broader Topix index of all first-section issues was also down 9.45 points, or 1.13 per cent, at 830.05.

For the week, Nikkei fell 2.24 per cent, and Topix also dipped 1.84 per cent.

Japanese prime minister to visit China despite shrine spat

Japan's household spending down 1.9 per cent in 2008 Beijing - Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso will hold talks with Chinese leaders in Beijing next week, China said Friday, despite a spat over Aso's recent offering to a controversial war shrine.

Aso will visit Beijing from Wednesday to Thursday at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Premier Wen Jiabao, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a brief statement.

Tokyo stocks end morning mixed ahead of earnings reports

Tokyo stocks end morning mixed ahead of earnings reports Tokyo - Tokyo stocks ended Friday morning trading mixed ahead of corporate earnings reports. The benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average was down 29.05 points, or 0.33 per cent, to 8,817.96.

But the broader Topix index of all first-section issues inched up 1.73 points, or 0.21 per cent, to 841.23.

Stocks moved narrowly in Tokyo as investors adopted a wait-and-see attitude ahead of Japanese firms releasing their earnings reports.

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