September 5, 2006 |
Once an icon for a new generation of Japanese go-go capitalists, fallen Internet mogul Takafumi Horie on Monday declared himself not guilty of accusations that he masterminded a scheme to falsify corporate earnings and inflate stock prices. Speaking on the opening day of his trial, the brash entrepreneur called the case against him "full of malicious intent from the beginning" and said, "I have not carried out or instructed such crimes as were mentioned.
June 24, 2006 |
Japan's canine superstar, Ku-chan the Chihuahua, is out of work. Until last month, Ku-chan was the white-whiskered poster dog for Aiful Corp., a consumer loan company that used the Chihuahua's cuteness to tap the Japanese soft spot for saccharine characters. In TV ads that charmed evening audiences, the dog's beleaguered, middle-aged owner used Aiful's easy-to-borrow cash to indulge Ku-chan's whims for everything from snowboards to beach vacations.