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---------- 1,753 pass national civil-service exam, up 28.0%
TOKYO - The number of people who passed this year's exam to select candidates for fast-track civil service posts at Japan's central government was 1,753, up 28.0 percent from the previous year due to a hiring policy turnaround, the National Personnel Authority said Monday.
The number of applicants was 22,248, down 1,633 from fiscal 2012. Applicants had a one in 12.7 chance of success, drastically improved from last year's one in 17.4.
---------- Australia confident ICJ will ban Japanese whaling in Antarctic
SYDNEY - Australia is confident on permanently ending whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, the country's attorney general said ahead of a trip to The Hague where he will represent Australia at the International Court of Justice.
"We want commercial whaling to stop, and that includes the so-called scientific whaling program that Japan has been carrying on for many years," Mark Dreyfus said at a press conference Sunday, adding Australia's antiwhaling views are known.
---------- MHI, Toshiba win order for railway extension project in Taiwan
TOKYO - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and Toshiba Corp. said Monday they have won an order to supply railway tracks and systems for a high-speed railway extension project in Taiwan valued at some 20 billion yen.
The project aims to extend a 345 kilometer line between Taipei and Kaohsiung, which links the two cities in 90 minutes at the fastest.
---------- Fuji Heavy launches 1st hybrid vehicle in Japan
TOKYO - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru brand cars, on Monday launched in Japan its first hybrid vehicle, the "Subaru XV Hybrid," aiming to better compete with domestic rivals, many of which already have hybrid models.
The use of a motor assist function for the vehicle's gasoline engine provides a fuel economy of up to 20.0 kilometers per liter, compared with 15.8 km per liter for the gasoline engine model. The vehicle is sold at retail prices of between 2,499,000 yen and 2,782,500 yen, including sales tax, the automaker said.