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[January 01, 2014]

Kyodo news summary -3-

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TOKYO, Jan. 1 -- (Kyodo) _ ---------- Panasonic to cut 1,000 information-related jobs OSAKA - Panasonic Corp. plans to eliminate about 1,000 employees, who represent two-thirds of the company's division for in-house information system development, on July 1, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

The struggling electronics maker is considering transferring some 500 workers each to business partners Fujitsu Ltd. and IBM Japan Ltd., while selling Panasonic Information Technology Solutions Co. to Fujitsu, according to the sources.

---------- Thousands march for democracy in H.K.

HONG KONG - Thousands of people marched in Hong Kong on Wednesday for full democracy amid an ongoing government consultation that will reform the territory's upcoming legislative and leadership elections.

Police put the turnout of pro-democracy demonstrators at around 11,100.

---------- Japanese Cabinet minister visits Yasukuni Shrine on New Year's Day TOKYO - Japanese Cabinet minister Yoshitaka Shindo visited the war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Wednesday, in a move that is certain to fuel anger in China and South Korea, both of which suffered from Japanese wartime aggression.

The visit by Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Shindo on New Year's Day came after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a surprise visit to the Shinto shrine on Dec. 26, sparking sharp criticism from Japan's Asian neighbors and disappointing the United States, Tokyo's closest ally.

(c) 2014 Kyodo News International, Inc.

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