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Coca-Cola, Walmart join plan to cut plastic pollution in oceans

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Doug Woodring, an entrepreneur and conservationist who lives in Hong Kong, displays rubbish on a beach on the south side of Hong Kong in 2009. Coca-Cola, Walmart and other big multinationals pledged on Thursday to help reduce plastic pollution in the world's oceans in support of a campaign by five of the G-7 industrialized nations. Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Italy, along with the European Union, signed the Ocean Plastics Charter at a leaders summit in Canada's Charlevoix region in June. | AFP-JIJI

Coca-Cola, Walmart and other big multinationals pledged on Thursday to help reduce plastic pollution in the world’s oceans in support of a campaign by five ...

Long lines form as pricey new iPhones make debut in Japan

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

A 20-year-old university student poses with a box of an iPhone XS he purchased Friday in Tokyo's Omotesando district. | KYODO

Pricier and bigger new iPhone models made their market debut in Japan on Friday, with the country’s three leading mobile carriers starting sales of the ...

OECD expects slightly weaker global growth in 2018 and 2019

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on Thursday slightly lowered its projections for global economic growth this year and next, saying the expansion “may ...

Facebook said to have yet to comply with EU consumer rules but Airbnb is now in line

via The Japan Times    Sep 20, 2018

Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of the Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken in March. | REUTERS

Facebook may face sanctions because it has yet to comply with EU consumer rules while Airbnb has made the necessary changes in response to regulatory ...

Monsanto asks judge to toss $289 million award in Roundup cancer suit

via The Japan Times    Sep 20, 2018

Plaintiff DeWayne Johnson reacts after hearing the verdict in his case against Monsanto at the Superior Court in San Francisco in August. A jury on Aug, 10 ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto to pay $289 million to the former school groundskeeper dying of cancer, saying the company's popular Roundup weed killer contributed to his disease. Agribusiness giant Monsanto is asking a San Francisco judge to throw out the award to Johnson. | JOSH EDELSON / POOL PHOTO / VIA AP

Agribusiness company Monsanto has asked a San Francisco judge to throw out a jury’s $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said the ...

Trump’s tariffs could sow trouble for GOP candidates in farm districts

via The Japan Times    Sep 20, 2018

Cargo cranes are seen in February at the Port of Seattle in Seattle. The path to peace in a trade war between the United States and China is getting harder to find as the world's two biggest economies pile ever more taxes on each other's products. | AP

In the aptly named Harvester Restaurant, wheat farmer Roy Dube makes clear he’s no fan of President Donald Trump’s trade policy.“We get him elected into ...

Deadly, incurable plant disease threatens $250 million U.S. rose business

via The Japan Times    Sep 20, 2018

Jen Olson, with the Plant Disease and Insect Diagnostic Laboratory at Oklahoma State University, takes notes at a research plot studying rose rosette virus in Perkins, Oklahoma, Sept. 11. | AP

The outlook for American-grown roses is becoming a bit less rosy, with the spread of an incurable virus that’s causing major damage to the nation’s ...

Japan’s auto lobby says it hopes NAFTA will keep current framework

via The Japan Times    Sep 20, 2018

Japan’s automakers’ association said Thursday it hopes that the North American Free Trade Agreement will maintain its current framework as the United States, Canada and ...

Japan’s household assets rise for eighth straight quarter thanks to positive performance of shares

via The Japan Times    Sep 20, 2018

Financial assets held by Japanese households stood at ¥1.8 quadrillion ($16.5 trillion) at the end of June, rising for the eighth straight quarter, the Bank ...

Trade war escalates as China slaps tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports

via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

A truck carrying a cargo container drives under the Gerald Desmond Bridge under construction in Long Beach, California, in July. China on Tuesday announced a tariff hike on $60 billion of U.S. products in response to President Donald Trump's latest duty increase in a dispute over Beijing's technology policy. | AP

The U.S.-China trade war escalated further Tuesday, with China announcing retaliatory tax increases on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports, including coffee, honey and industrial ...

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