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(Japan Economic Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TOKYO, Jan. 20 -- (Kyodo) _ ---------- Tokyo zoo celebrates birthday of Japan's oldest elephant
TOKYO - Inokashira Park Zoo in western Tokyo held an event Sunday to celebrate the birthday of Japan's oldest Asian elephant.
Hanako turned 66 this year, becoming the oldest ever elephant kept by a Japanese zoo and the third oldest in the world.
---------- Workers in Shanghai lock up Japanese executives in labor dispute
SHANGHAI - Workers at a Japanese-owned electronic parts maker in Shanghai locked up around 10 Japanese executives for two days to press their demands for better pay and working conditions, releasing them early Sunday after police intervention.
Among the captives was the president of Shinmei Electric Co., the parent company of the Shanghai factory.
---------- Algeria says 23 hostages, all 32 militants died in standoff
CAIRO - The Algerian interior ministry has put the death toll in the four-day hostage crisis at a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert at 55 people -- 23 hostages and all 32 Islamist militants -- a local TV station reported, with no mention of whether the tally included any Japanese.
The assault over three days by the Algerian military on the militants, who held scores of workers hostage at the complex, appears to have taken a heavy toll.
---------- China piqued by Clinton's comments on East China Sea territorial row
BEIJING - China accused U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday of meddling in the territorial dispute between Tokyo and Beijing over islands in the East China Sea, saying she makes no distinction between "rights and wrongs."
"We urge the U.S. side to adopt a responsible attitude in regard to the issue of the Diaoyu Islands. It should be careful with its words," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement.
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