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Toyota says parts plant preparing to resume output after Hokkaido quake

TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corpsaid on Monday its transmission factory in northern Japan was preparing to resume production some time during the night shift starting at 8:30 p.m. (1130 GMT), after a powerful quake halted work last week.


Chile's copper mines appear to have dodge quake harm

SANTIAGO: Mines in the world No 1 copper producer Chile appear to have emerged unscathed from a major quake that struck near the mineral-rich north of the Andean country on Tuesday.


Haiti trying to build up 6 months after quake

CORAIL-CESSELESSE, Haiti (AP): The sun was beating down on the rocky cactus plain when men with machetes came for Menmen Villase, nine months pregnant, shoved her onto her bulging stomach and sliced up the plastic tarp that sheltered her and her four children.


G-8 greeted skeptically by some in quake zone

L'AQUILA, Italy: At this week's Group of Eight summit, the leaders will stay in a barracks instead of the usual luxury hotel.


Japan quake, tsunami take dire toll on economy

TOKYO: The Bank of Japan stood ready to prop up the financial system amid fears the Tokyo stock market will nosedive when trading opens Monday following the disasters that killed thousands and devastated the country's northeast.

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Taiwan's TSMC says ops mostly fine after minor quake

TAIPEI: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, the world's largest contract chipmaker, said its operations were little affected following a minor earthquake Saturday in southern Taiwan.


Disney 2Q profit misses estimates on 'Mars,' quake

LOS ANGELES: The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday reported lower-than-expected net income and revenue for the second quarter, due to the poor box-office performance of Mars Needs Moms and the temporary closure of theme parks in Japan from the earthquake and tsunami.


Nikkei dragged lower by tech sell-off, Hokkaido quake

TOKYO: Japan’s Nikkei fell on Thursday as tech shares were pressured by losses in their U.S. peers overnight and as investors awaited damage assessments after a powerful earthquake in Hokkaido, the latest in a series of natural disasters to hit the country this year.


Copper supply risks back after Chile quake

SYDNEY: A powerful earthquake in Chile has turned the copper market's focus back onto supply risks rather than Chinese demand, after mine operations were once again disrupted in a country that accounts for a third of the world's supply of the metal.


Quake and blossoms: Japan's reminder of mortality

TOKYO: The cherry trees will soon blossom in Japan. For the Japanese, it will be a particularly poignant sight.