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Canada posts strongest job creation to start a year since 2002 as wages rise

OTTAWA — Canada’s economy delivered its strongest six-month stretch of job creation to start a year since 2002, even though June’s employment numbers came in flat.

Over the first half of the year, the country added 248,000 new positions, almost all of which were full time, new Statistics Canada data showed Friday.

Japan official to Kardashian West: Kimono belongs to Japan

TOKYO — Japan’s trade minister says the kimono belongs to Japan not to Kim Kardashian West’s shapewear brand.

West announced the line, Kimono Solutionwear, last week. But some Japanese critics on social media said the name, which the reality TV star, makeup mogul and budding lawyer trademarked, is an inappropriate take on centuries-old kimono clothing.

Bombardier sells regional jet business to Japanese firm Mitsubishi

MONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. has signed a deal to sell its regional jet program to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.

Under the deal, Mitsubishi will pay US$550 million in cash and assume liabilities totalling about US$200 million.

The Japanese company will acquire the maintenance, support, refurbishment, marketing and sales activities for the CRJ Series aircraft.