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Factiva Adds Japanese News Resource

Factiva ( has announced an agreement to add The Yomiuri Shimbun (Japanese language), The Yomiuri Shimbun News Wire (Japanese language), and The Daily Yomiuri (English language) to its collection of global news and business information. Factiva will receive up to 1,000 articles per day from the Yomiuri collection, which will provide a significant increase in local Japanese-language content for Factiva users.

Yomiuri Shimbun is a leading newspaper in Japan. It has a daily circulation of more than 10 million, which is claimed to be the largest of any newspaper worldwide. As many as 1,000 reporters cover daily news in Japan and more than 100 correspondents cover news outside the country. According to the announcement, Factiva is the only foreign content provider to offer both of the Yomiuri Japanese daily papers and Yomiuri news wire and also to offer the only single content solution with multiple-language interfaces and multilingual content that covers nearly 8,000 sources.

"The Yomiuri collection of newspapers and news wires is extremely valuable to our customers in Japan and makes an excellent addition to the Factiva content collection," said Simon Wright, Factiva's sales director for the Asia Pacific region. "This relationship gives our customers access to valuable business insight from a leading Japanese news source that can provide a regional perspective, further enhancing our customers' ability to make better business decisions."

Source: Factiva to Launch Improved Site, New Subscription Services has announced details of an improved Web site with new content, data, tools, navigation, services, and subscription packages. The site will go live sometime this month. According to the announcement, the majority of, including the latest 7 days of news and data, will remain free. But for the first time, subscriptions will be required to obtain access to some of's services. New services—including the ability to preview key pages in the FT newspaper the night before publication, a new search tool, and in-depth information on 18,000 companies—will form part of the subscription packages.

Two levels of subscriptions will be available to users. Level 1 costs $110 per year and provides access to the full editorial offering, including new services, such as Lex comments written and published online during the day and the opportunity to read and print pages of the newspaper. Level 2 will cost $300 per year and includes two new professional standard research and monitoring tools: World Company Financials, with in-depth information and financial data on 18,000 listed companies across 55 countries, and World Press Monitor & Archive, with access to 12 million articles from over 500 top media sources. A free 15-day trial subscription is available on the site.


Bureau van Dijk to Unveil ZEPHYR

Bureau van Dijk (BvD) Electronic Publishing ( has announced that, following its April 13 takeover of the activities and business of Zephus Corporate Finance Knowledge (Zephus), it plans early this month to launch ZEPHYR, a new product that will combine M&A data with integral company financial and ownership information.

Zephus produces the site and provides data on M&A, private equity, and IPO intelligence. The Zephus database contains detailed information on 70,000 deals; information on an additional 40,000 deals per year will be added. ZEPHYR utilizes BvD's value-added software to combine the Zephus database with integral, detailed financial company information and ownership data, as contained in the BvD SUITE ( The BvD SUITE includes information on 8.5 million companies worldwide and incorporates the AMADEUS company information solution.

ZEPHYR will cover deals worldwide through Zephus' expansion of its European transactions coverage to include the U.S. and Asia. Until ZEPHYR is launched, the existing service will continue to be provided. For more information about ZEPHYR or to preregister for a free trial, visit the BvD company site.

Source: Bureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing

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