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March 15, 2006 | Chris Pasles
Long Beach choreographer, dancer and teacher Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, one of the "killing field" survivors who have revived the class dance culture of Cambodia that was nearly obliterated during the Khmer Rouge years, has been awarded the 2006 Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture. The prize is sponsored by the publisher of Japan's Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper. Cheam Shapiro, who immigrated to the U.S.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2004 | From Dow Jones / Associated Press
Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to be the first company to trumpet personal computers that run the freely distributed Linux operating system in Asia, HP's Japanese unit said Tuesday. Other details, such as when the sales will begin, haven't been set. The move by Palo Alto-based HP, which sells about 17% of the world's PCs, could be a threat to Microsoft Corp., maker of the dominant Windows operating system.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Toshiba Corp., Japan's second-biggest chip maker, will increase investment at its semiconductor business to boost production, a company spokesman said. Junichi Nagaki said details would be given by President Tadashi Okamura at a news conference today to mark the opening of a new line at its Yokkaichi factory. Toshiba is raising spending by 13% to a record 203 billion yen ($1.
BUSINESS
January 25, 1999 | From Reuters
GE Capital declared its intention Sunday to become a financial services leader in Japan following its purchase of the leasing operations of bankrupt Japan Leasing Corp. for about $7 billion. The financial services arm of General Electric Co. became the latest U.S. firm to salvage a bargain from the wreck of Japan's bubble economy. It immediately revealed high ambitions for the Japanese market.
NEWS
January 5, 1996 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama abruptly resigned the nation's top post today, throwing the political world into uproar amid predictions of another major realignment. Murayama, who has long indicated his desire to resign, was cornered into the decision by today's deadline for entering his Socialist Party's presidential race. After his announcement, his entire Cabinet resigned.
NEWS
November 11, 1994 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the eyes of the world on Thursday, President Clinton looked like the walking wounded, facing two years of legislative gridlock with Republicans in control of Congress and the prospect of a one-term presidency. Political commentators--from Asia to Europe and liberal to conservative--expressed surprise over the scope of Democratic losses and concern that the Republican congressional majority could mean more isolationism and less commitment to free trade.
NEWS
June 5, 1996 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Japanese destroyer accidentally shot down a U.S. bomber in the Pacific during joint military exercises Monday, and naval forces of both nations temporarily suspended all live-fire exercises as they sought an explanation for the incident. The aircraft's two crew members ejected safely and were rescued after a U.S.
BUSINESS
March 25, 1991 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the last day of the Pacific Rim's largest food exhibition in this Tokyo suburb, a clearance sale of foreign beef was about to commence. "Final sale! Final sale!" a Japanese salesman boomed, waving red steaks wrapped in plastic. Seven dollars a pound! Half the price of Japanese beef! A crowd of Japanese consumers quickly gathered, elbowing each other in a discreet but determined surge to scoop up the deals. "Cheap, isn't it?" "Ah, looks good!" In 15 minutes, the pile of steaks was gone.
NEWS
October 18, 1995 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Navy engineer Oswald Green flinches, then shares his secret about how he manages to play in one of the world's most expensive countries on a salary of $1,200 a month: He lets his Japanese dates pay for everything. Green, 25, has let women wine and dine him with grilled beef and Chinese feasts; they shower him with presents, even a leather jacket. He knows guys who have been given cars or had apartments rented for them--but it doesn't exactly make a proud U.S. military man feel tall.
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