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At least five people have been killed in an explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan, according to news reports.

Mitsubishi closes $9bn investment in Morgan Stanley

Mitsubishi UFJ said today it bought a stake in beaten-down Morgan Stanley, as the US government reportedly offered to support the Japanese bank's investment.

Aberdeen makes push into Japan with Mitsubishi tie-up

Aberdeen Asset Management has targeted Japan in a bid to boost returns, sealing a tie-up with THE financial services firm Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, which has bought an almost 10 per cent stake in the UK group.

Wall St capitulation marks end of an era

Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley have ripped up the traditional business model of investment banking and – in a desperate bid to survive – submitted themselves to new regulations and restrictions that put an end to the excesses of swashbuckling trading on Wall Street.

Penguins and golf in Burma's hidden capital

A year ago this week, Burma saw its biggest uprising in decades when Buddhist monks and thousands of civilians poured onto the streets of Rangoon and Mandalay. But as the world watched, the targets of their fury were nowhere to be seen. The generals who rule Burma had relocated hundreds of miles to the north to a new purpose-built capital city designed to be impervious to protest or invasion.

Bank of Japan injects cash into flailing markets

Japan's central bank today injected a total of 2.5 trillion yen (US $24 billion) into money markets and issued a statement vowing to take measures to maintain stability in the country's financial markets.

CPS rules out Terry Lloyd prosecution

There is insufficient evidence to bring a prosecution over the death of ITN journalist Terry Lloyd, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.

Mitsubishi Evo X

This updated Mitsubishi might be a better car, but the oomph which made the previous model fun to drive has been designed out

Driver killed as chased car flips over

A driver died when his car was hit by a stolen vehicle which flipped over a motorway central reservation as traffic officers tried to stop it, police said today.

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart

Misubishi will need to further fine-tune its Lancer Sportback Ralliart if it ever hopes to give the Golf GTI a run for its money

Nissan GT-R

Wanna go faster? No problem: Nissan's GT-R made a lap round the notorious track at the Nürburgring look absurdly easy

Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0Di-D

It seems the penny has finally dropped as Mitsubishi prepares to stick it to the opposition with its new saloon car, the Evo X

Gold hits $1,000 as recession fears grow

US retail sales and jobless data shock markets; Falling dollar pushes gold and oil to record highs

Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London

When you're outside it, the joke is no laughing matter: Humour is lost in translation at this show: for gags, stick to 'The Simpsons'

Kent police shoot man dead

Firearms officers shot a man dead in a Kent village yesterday after reports that he was armed with a gun.

Leading article: Ho ho ho!

Poor old Santa Claus. He just can't seem to do anything right these days. In Berlin, he stands accused of National Socialist sympathies, after shoppers detected a stiff-armed salute in some miniature wooden statues on sale. Meanwhile he is lambasted by health campaigners for his long-standing advertising contract with Coca-Cola.

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