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Trump attorney’s business scrutinized amid allegations of selling influence

via The Japan Times    May 11, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen (center), leaves the U.S. Courthouse in New York on April 26. As Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen earned a reputation as the 'fixer' for the Manhattan real estate tycoon and a pit bull defender of his larger-than-life boss. | AFP-JIJI

Already under investigation for a payment to a porn star, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney is facing intensifying legal and ethical scrutiny for selling ...

After earlier denial, Equifax now admits passport info was stolen in breach

via The Japan Times    May 11, 2018

Equifax acknowledged a relatively small number of passport images and information were stolen as part of last year’s security breach, despite previously denying such a ...

Three megabanks consider sharing ATMs to boost profitability

via The Japan Times    May 11, 2018

People walk past a Mizuho Bank ATM in Tokyo. Japan's three megabanks including Mizuho are considering jointly managing and developing ATMs as part of cost-cutting efforts. | BLOOMBERG

Japan’s three megabanks are considering the joint management and development of ATMs to cut costs and boost profitability, as they are currently struggling in the ...

China’s CNPC ready to take over Iran gas project if Total leaves: sources

via The Japan Times    May 11, 2018

China’s state-owned energy major CNPC is ready to take over Total’s stake in the giant Iranian South Pars gas project if the French company leaves ...

Treasury probing how Trump lawyer’s bank records got out

via The Japan Times    May 10, 2018

Attorney Michael Cohen is seen in April in New York. The Treasury Department's internal watchdog says it's investigating how detailed allegations about the banking records of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer became public. | AP

The Treasury Department’s internal watchdog says it’s investigating how detailed allegations about the banking records of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer became public.At...

Google halts all ads related to Irish abortion referendum to protect ‘election integrity’

via The Japan Times    May 10, 2018

The Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia in 2012. Facebook says it is banning foreign advertisements related to Ireland's abortion referendum amid concerns that North American groups are trying to influence the campaign. Irish voters will decide May 25 whether to repeal a constitutional ban on abortion, in a referendum that has drawn international attention. | AP

Google is suspending all advertising connected to Ireland’s abortion referendum as part of moves to protect “election integrity,” the company announced Wednesday.The move came a ...

California becomes first U.S. state to require solar panels on new homes

via The Japan Times    May 10, 2018

A solar panel is installed on the roof of the Old Governor's Mansion State Historic Park in Sacramento, California, on Oct. 16, 2015. | AP

Builders in California will be required to fit solar panels on most new homes from 2020 under new building standards adopted on Wednesday — the ...

SoftBank chief confirms deal to sell Flipkart stake to Walmart

via The Japan Times    May 10, 2018

SoftBank Group Corp. says it has reached an agreement to sell its stake in Indian e-commerce company Flipkart to Walmart. | AFP-JIJI

The head of SoftBank Group Corp. said it has reached an agreement to sell its stake in Indian e-commerce company Flipkart to Walmart.SoftBank founder and ...

Tokyo stocks turn up on robust earnings, weaker yen

via The Japan Times    May 10, 2018

Stocks staged a rebound Thursday, aided by the yen’s weakness against the dollar and robust earnings reports.The 225-issue Nikkei average rose 88.30 points, or 0.39 ...

Big spender SoftBank posts record profit

via The Japan Times    May 09, 2018

SoftBank Group Corp. store employees are seen working outside a branch in Tokyo in 2015. SoftBank logged a record annual operating profit for the business year that ended in March. | REUTERS

Buoyed by its investments in technology firms around the world, SoftBank Group Corp. has reported a record annual operating profit in line with analyst estimates.Profit ...

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