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China accuses U.S. of trying to block its tech development

via The Japan Times    Feb 19, 2019

The Huawei Technologies logo is seen in front of the German headquarters of the Chinese telecommunications giant in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday. | REUTERS

China’s government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development by alleging that Chinese mobile network gear poses a cybersecurity ...

Facebook behaving like ‘digital gangsters’ who spread fake news: British lawmakers

via The Japan Times    Feb 19, 2019

A mousepad with the Facebook logo is seen at Facebook's new headquarters, designed by Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry, at Rathbone Place in central London in 2017. A scathing British parliamentary report Monday branded Facebook

A scathing British parliamentary report on Monday branded Facebook “digital gangsters” who failed to fight the spread of fake news and violated data privacy.Lawmakers’ 18-month ...

U.S. sanctions force Russia to delay MC-21 jetliner roll-out: Rostec CEO

via The Japan Times    Feb 19, 2019

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrives to give a speech in front of the new MC-21 medium-haul airliner during the roll-out ceremony at an aircraft plant in Irkutsk in 2016. Production of the MC-21, which Russia hoped could revive its civil aviation industry, has been delayed for a year due to U.S. sanctions, the head of the Rostec conglomerate said Monday. | ALEXANDER ASTAFYEV / SPUTNIK / VIA AFP-JIJI

Production of the MC-21 plane, which Russia hoped could revive its civil aviation industry, has been delayed for a year due to U.S. sanctions, the ...

Report: Honda to shut U.K. Swindon plant, imperiling 3,500 jobs

via The Japan Times    Feb 19, 2019

Members of media stand outside the Honda car plant in Swindon, Britain, Monday. | REUTERS

Honda will close a car factory in western England with the potential loss of 3,500 jobs, British media and a local lawmaker said Monday, in ...

Carlos Ghosn readies trial counterpunch with new dream team of defense lawyers

via The Japan Times    Feb 19, 2019

Takeshi Abe, a professor and former vice president of Teikyo University, speaks next to his attorney, Junichiro Hironaka, during a 1997 news conference after testifying in the first of several trails in a widespread AIDS scandal at the Tokyo District Court. Carlos Ghosn has hired Hironaka as part of his legal team. | AP

Can Carlos Ghosn beat the rap?With a trial looming this year on charges of aggravated breach of trust and filing false statements to regulators regarding ...

U.S. auto industry lines up against possible Trump tariffs on imports, slams secret report

via The Japan Times    Feb 19, 2019

People are reflected on a Mercedes-Benz model during the press preview at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit last year.  The White House on Monday received a Commerce Department report on the auto industry that could trigger tariffs against imported cars and intensify tensions, particularly with Europe. | AFP-JIJI

The U.S. auto industry urged President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday not to saddle imported cars and auto parts with steep tariffs, after the U.S. ...

Struggling Norwegian Air sets big discount for share sale after U.K. carrier drops bid

via The Japan Times    Feb 19, 2019

Bjorn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian Group, speaks during the presentation of Norwegian Air's first low-cost transatlantic flight service from Argentina at Ezeiza airport in Buenos Aires last March. | REUTERS

Norwegian Air will sell new shares at just a third of the current market price when the loss-making airline seeks to raise money from its ...

JR East to end on-board sales of food and goods on Yamabiko shinkansen between Tokyo and Tohoku

via The Japan Times    Feb 19, 2019

A Yamabiko Shinkansen arrives at JR Sendai Station in Miyagi Prefecture. | KYODO

East Japan Railway Co. said Monday that it will not offer on-board sales of foods and goods, such as bento, after March 15 on the ...

Ethiopian coffee farmers are betting on blockchain to make trade fairer and boost business

via The Japan Times    Feb 19, 2019

Coffee farmers dry coffee beans in Biloya village, Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia, in 2007. | BLOOMBERG

On a bustling street near the shiny new international airport in Ethiopia’s capital is a small coffee roastery with big dreams.Nearly 40 Ethiopians — a ...

Hundreds stranded across Europe as British airline Flybmi collapses

via The Japan Times    Feb 18, 2019

A British Midlands (BMI) plane is pictured over a bed of daffodils as it takes off from London Heathrow Airport in 2010. The British regional airline flybmi announced Sunday it had ceased operations and was filing for administration, blaming spikes in fuel and carbon costs and uncertainty over Brexit. | AFP-JIJI

Hundreds of passengers throughout Europe have been stranded by the abrupt collapse of the British regional airline Flybmi.British Midland Regional Limited, which operates as Flybmi, ...

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