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[December 24, 2013]

Kyodo news summary -2-

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TOKYO, Dec. 25 -- (Kyodo) _ ---------- Softbank mulls acquiring T-Mobile TOKYO - Softbank Corp. is considering acquiring T-Mobile US Inc. as early as next spring, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.

Softbank, one of Japan's largest mobile phone carriers, is studying the possibility of buying a majority stake in the U.S. No. 4 carrier through Sprint Nextel Corp. that was bought by the Japanese company in July, according to the sources.

---------- U.N. Security Council approves move to boost peacekeepers in S. Sudan NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday afternoon that significantly increases peacekeeping operations troops and police in South Sudan to better protect civilians from violence in the country edging towards civil war.

"This measure will help boost security, reinforce peacekeeping bases and provide critical assets," U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon told reporters following the vote on adding 5,500 more troops and 423 civilian police to the U.N. Mission in the Republic of South Sudan, or UNMISS.

---------- Tokyo gubernatorial election set for Feb.9 TOKYO - The Tokyo election board decided Wednesday to hold a gubernatorial election on Feb. 9 following Gov. Naoki Inose's resignation over his receipt of 50 million yen from scandal-tainted hospital chain Tokushukai.

Candidates are required to file their candidacy for the governorship election, the third in three years, on Jan. 23, the board said.

---------- Sony, Panasonic to dissolve tie-up in OEL TV display business TOKYO - Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. will dissolve their partnership developing organic electroluminescent television displays as they have not been able to establish a cost-effective means of mass production, sources close to the two companies said Wednesday.

The Japanese electronics makers, which have jointly developed the displays for one and a half years, will end the tie-up as the contract expires at the end of this year.

---------- Chugoku Electric files for reactor safety checks toward resumption TOKYO - Chugoku Electric Power Co. applied Wednesday for a state safety assessment on its No. 2 reactor at the Shimane nuclear power plant in western Japan, making it the 15th reactor in Japan for which procedures have begun toward restarting operations.

The Shimane nuclear complex is the only nuclear power station in Japan that is located in a prefectural capital. Some 470,000 people live within the 30-kilometer radius that could become an evacuation zone in the event of nuclear emergency.

---------- Tokyo stocks narrowly mixed in morning, profit-taking limits gains TOKYO - Tokyo stocks were narrowly mixed Wednesday morning in quiet trading as the market's topside was capped by profit-taking after the Nikkei index's five-day rally to a six-year high through the previous day.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 63.91 points, or 0.4 percent, from Tuesday to 15,953.24. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 3.18 points, or 0.25 percent, to 1,254.37.

(c) 2013 Kyodo News International, Inc.

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