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Thai floods.
Thai floods threaten Japanese supply chain --Japanese car and electronics makers are facing a new threat to their global supply chains from flooding in central Thailand, seven months after Japan's earthquake and tsunami badly disrupted production at home. Shares in Toyota, Honda, Nikon and others fell on Wednesday as investors worried that Thailand's worst floods in half a century could cause lasting damage to a region that has become a key manufacturing hub for Japanese groups.

Free safety checks from Sony.
Sony offers to check 'smoking' TV models -- Sony is to offer free safety checks on several of its TV models after a number of sets started smoking. The company warned that a component used in eight different versions of its Bravia televisions may be faulty and could, in rare cases, overheat. However, it stopped short of issuing a full recall.

Lessons for Boeing.
Dreamliner finally lands, but procurement at Boeing teaches some hard lessons -- Boeing, you'd think, having delivered the new Dreamliner 787 to All Nippon Airlines after years of delays and setbacks, will now be looking back at what went wrong. There are certainly lessons for Boeing and lessons for procurement, because, let's face it, the problems the company encountered in the supply chain, while elementary in comparison to the overall complexity of the project, grew to have a serious impact. There was an interesting case study (or at least a taster of the full version) in the Financial Times this week and it was hard to read it without thinking, at one point or another, 'how did you not see this coming?'

Remember the Chilean miners?
A Year Out of the Dark in Chile, but Still Trapped -- After his dramatic rescue from a mine last year, Jimmy Sánchez traveled the world, cruising the Greek islands, visiting Britain, Israel, Los Angeles, Disney World -- all paid for by people who were moved by the Chilean miners' story of courage and perseverance. But today Mr. Sánchez, like many of the 33 miners who survived 69 days nearly a half-mile underground, is jobless and at wits' end. Twice a month, he boards a bus to Santiago, Chile's capital, traveling 11 hours each way for a short visit with a psychiatrist. He is one of nine miners receiving sick-leave pay for prolonged post-traumatic stress; a handful of others say they are seeing private therapists.

Sheena Moore

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