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[March 12, 2014]

Kyodo news summary -3-

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TOKYO, March 13 -- (Kyodo) _ ---------- Man to be arrested for providing Toshiba data to S. Korean firm TOKYO - Tokyo police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man suspected of illegally providing Toshiba Corp.'s research data to a South Korean company, investigative sources said Thursday.


The man, who is in his 50s and lives in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, was an engineer at a semiconductor maker which had business ties with Toshiba and was able to obtain the data, according to the sources.

---------- Suicides tied to 2011 disaster rise in 2013, worsen in Fukushima TOKYO - Police linked 37 suicides in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures in 2013 to the March 2011 disaster, up 13 from a year earlier, with the tally rising progressively each year in Fukushima, the National Police Agency said Thursday.

The results of the three prefectures hardest hit by the quake and tsunami, with the nuclear crisis compounding the situation in Fukushima, were part of the nationwide suicide tally of 27,283, down 2.1 percent, the fourth straight year of decline, according to the agency.

---------- Japan's core machinery orders up 13.4% in January TOKYO - Japan's core private-sector machinery orders surged at their second-fastest pace on record in January, up a seasonally adjusted 13.4 percent from the previous month, the government said Thursday, signaling the recent economic recovery has prodded companies to boost investment.

The orders, excluding those for ships as well as those from utilities because of their volatility, rose to 843.5 billion yen after having plunged 15.7 percent in December, the Cabinet Office said.

---------- Chinese satellite finds suspected debris of missing plane: reports BEIJING - Images taken by a Chinese satellite show three floating objects in the South China Sea in the same general area where contact with a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft was lost, Chinese media reported Thursday.

The official Xinhua News Agency, quoting the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, gave coordinates of 105.63 east longitude, 6.7 north latitude, spreading across an area with a radius of 20 kilometers.

---------- Tokyo stocks edge up in morning on bargain-hunting TOKYO - Tokyo stocks rose Thursday morning as stronger-than-expected Japanese machinery orders data encouraged investors to scoop up recently battered shares, but the market upside was limited amid a pause in the yen's depreciation.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 69.44 points, or 0.47 percent, from Wednesday to 14,899.83. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 3.02 points, or 0.25 percent, to 1,209.96.

(c) 2014 Kyodo News International, Inc.

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