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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.

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.

Japan's KDDI reports net profit, but revenue down for year

Japan's KDDI reports net profit, but revenue down for year Tokyo - Japan's second-largest phone company, KDDI Corp, on Thursday reported a net profit increase but a revenue drop for the fiscal year that ended March 31. KDDI's net profit increased by 2.3 per cent to 222.74 billion yen (2.27 billion dollars) from a year before, and its operating profit also rose 10.7 per cent to 443.2 billion yen.

But revenue shrank by 2.7 per cent to 3.5 trillion yen, mainly because of a new mobile phone installment plan that slowed handset sales, the company said.

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