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US President Barack Obama tells Japan that islands it disputes with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty, as he begins an Asian tour.

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TOKYO (AP) President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.

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The islands at the centre of a row between Tokyo and Beijing are covered by the US-Japan defence alliance, Barack Obama told a newspaper ahead of his arrival in Tokyo.

Obama, who begins a tour of Asia that will also take in South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia, is the first sitting US president to explicitly affirm that hostile action against the island chain would spark an American reaction.

“The policy of the United States is clear – the Senkaku Islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall within the scope of Article 5 of the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security,” Obama said in a written interview with the Yomiuri Shimbun.

“And we oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands,” he said.

Several senior US figures, including former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel have made similar statements, which Tokyo covets as a way to warn China away from territories it claims as the Diaoyus.

Obama’s week-long tour of Asia is being dubbed a “rebalancing” eastward of US foreign policy by the White House.

Although China is not on his itinerary, its presence will be felt on every leg at a time of complex regional disputes and questions about US strategy.

The row over ownership of the Senkakus is not new, but has burst to the fore in the past two years, with paramilitary vessels from both sides jostling in nearby waters to assert control.

In November, China declared an air defence identification zone over the East China Sea, including the skies above the islands.

“I’ve also told (Chinese) President Xi (Jinping) that all our nations have an interest in dealing constructively with maritime issues, including in the East China Sea,” Obama told the Yomiuri.

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US president to hold talks with Japanese PM on first stop of eight-day tour of Asia taking in South Korea and Malaysia Barack Obama is expected to offer guarded support for Japan in its bitter territorial dispute with China over a group of islands in the East China Sea, as Washington seeks to reassure its Asia-Pacific allies of its commitment to regional security in the face of an increasingly …

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TOKYO–(BUSINESSWIRE)– Shiseido Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:4911) announces plans to open the Shiseido Cell-Processing and Expansion Center (SPEC) on May 1, 2014. The center, located in the in the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster in Kobe, Japan, will centralize research and development on hair regenerative medicine with an aim toward commercialization. Regenerative medicine in Japan is an emerging …

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Shiseido Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:4911) announces plans to open the Shiseido Cell-Processing and Expansion Center (SPEC) on May 1, 2014. The center, located in the in the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster in Kobe, Japan, will centralize research and development on hair regenerative medicine with an aim toward commercialization.

Regenerative medicine in Japan is an emerging industry which the government aims to foster through new legislation and revisions to existing law as part of economic reform strategies, in order to advance in this field. Shiseido has a long history of conducting comprehensive research and working towards commercialization of the regenerative medicine for hair.

Shiseido’s hair regenerative medicine technology

With the goal of clinical application of regenerative medicine to treat alopecia and thinning hair, Shiseido concluded a technical collaboration agreement in July 2013 with a Canadian bio-venture company RepliCel Life Sciences Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “RepliCel”) acquiring an exclusive geographic license to use RepliCel Hair-01 (RCH-01) hair regeneration technology in Asia, including Japan.

RCH-01 has been developed over 10 years of scientific research, and safe application in humans has been validated by RepliCel’s phase 1 clinical trial. RepliCel has patents issued for hair follicle mesenchymal stem cells and their usage in Japan, the United States, Australia and the EU. RCH-01 is an “autologous cell transplantation technology,” in which specific cells(1) isolated from the hair follicles(2) taken from the scalp of a patient are cultured and implanted (injected) into the balding scalp area, potentially stimulating residing hair follicles and promoting new growth in the balding scalp area. (1) Dermal Sheath Cup cells, which are believed to play an important role in promoting hair growth (2) A hair follicle is a skin organ composed of various cell types that support hair growth and structure.

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Ever since the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, Twitter has been seen by many as an engine for free speech and particularly the kind of political speech that questions authority and/or gives ordinary citizens the power to inform themselves. Although the companys gaze often seems to have moved elsewhere, now that it is publicly traded and pursuing advertising deals, its resolve to fight a ban by the Turkish government shows it isnt ready to give up its claim to be the free-speech wing of the free-speech party any time soon.

Turkeys prime minister Recep Erdogan sparked the social-media battle by blocking Twitter last week, forcing users in that country to employ a number of workarounds including Tor anonymization technology and open DNS servers run by companies like Google, which were circulated quickly via email and even graffiti. Since then, a court has overturned the ban, but Twitter reportedly remains blocked, since the government apparently has 30 days to respond to the courts decision.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Twitters general counsel Vijaya Gadde outlined the context for the blockage and its ongoing attempts to challenge the ban. The Turkish governments decision was apparently triggered by several accounts that it believed were behaving illegally, including one pretending to be someone it was not which is a breach of Twitters terms of service and another that was spreading information accusing a former government minister of corruption.

Twitter says it received two court orders to take down content that breached its rules (which the company said it had already done before it was ordered to do so) but added that it is fighting the third order, which was to remove the account accused of posting details of corruption in the government. As Gadde put it:

This order causes us concern. Political speech is among the most important speech, especially when it concerns possible government corruption. Thats why today we have also petitioned the Turkish court on behalf of our users to reverse this order.

While Twitter appeals the order, it is using its Country Withheld Content tool, which allows the service to block specific tweets from being seen within specific geographic areas. It launched this ability in early 2012 in order to get around legal issues in Germany, where content that promotes Nazi ideology is against the law, and has since used it in France, Japan and Russia for a variety of reasons. The company also said it would be filing the details of the Turkish order and its response with Chilling Effects, a central directory for all such requests that Twitter committed to use when it implemented the blocking feature.

In fighting the Turkish governments attempts to either block the service or force it to remove content, Twitter is sticking to the commitment made by its former general counsel Alex Macgillivray that it would remain the free-speech wing of the free-speech party. Twitter has not only fought against requests from governments including the U.S. government for information about users, but has also notified users of such requests even after being ordered not to do so.

Twitter fights Turkish censorship, determined to uphold its status as free-speech champion

On Mar 25, 2014, we issued an updated research report on Liberty Interactive Corp. ( LINTA ). Despite reporting weak financial results, we believe that the company’s TV home shopping business will continue to flourish. The QVC segment has transformed itself into a powerful global brand, which may boost Liberty Interactive’s revenues in the double-digits.

Liberty Interactive has delivered negative earnings surprise in all three quarters last year, with an average miss of 17.60%. The company reported weak financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013, where both its top and bottom line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate.

Liberty Interactive’s QVC division is benefiting from the surge in online sales. Management stated that its online sales will constitute more than 50% of the total revenue in the U.S. by 2014. The major thrust is coming from the growing adoption of high-end smartphones in the U.S. QVC has launched a synchronized content for its mobile applications. This feature allows smartphone users to get real time information about a product which is broadcasted on a TV show. This will promote online sales further.

After Inc. ( AMZN ), QVC is the second-largest e-Commerce retailer in the U.S. Liberty Interactive holds approximately 38% of HSN Inc. ( HSNI ) and about 22% of the equity and 57% of the total votes of all classes of TripAdvisor Inc. ‘s ( TRIP ) common stock.

Through 12 channels in eight countries, the company covers 300 million homes. Recently, the board of directors of Liberty Interactive raised the share buy-back program by $1 billion. Such a move will boost shareholders’ value moving forward.

For the first time, the company’s e-Commerce business in the U.S. accounted for 50% of the total revenue in Dec 2013. Moreover, in the U.K. and Japan, orders placed through mobile accounts represented over 50% of the total orders placed during the reported quarter. Exposure to international markets, such as Japan, Germany, Italy, and the U.K., will enable QVC to achieve a high rate of growth.

On the flipside, Liberty Interactive’s businesses are susceptible to rapid technological changes. Large cable TV operators are increasingly deploying digital TV networks, which is gaining huge market traction. This may adversely impact the channel positioning of Liberty Interactive’s networks.

Increasing deployment of personal video recorders, video-on-demand technology, and IPTV network are systematically changing the distribution and viewing habits of the common people. These fundamental changes are taking a toll on the home shopping networks. Moreover, the home shopping and Internet retailing market place are getting competitive day by day.

Liberty Interactive currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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