Arrest warrant issued for friend of man who dies after falling out of car

Japan Society News - 17 hours 28 min ago
Kumamoto prefectural police have issued an arrest warrant for a 41-year-old man who allegedly killed his friend by pushing him out of the car while driving on a highway. (Japan Today)
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Iliad's T-Mobile bid could throw wrench into SoftBank's plans

Japan Business News - August 1, 2014 - 23:59
The surprise offer for T-Mobile US by France's Iliad could prolong negotiations underway by Japan's SoftBank, which is scrambling to wrap up a deal with the U.S. mobile provider's parent, Deutsche Telekom. (Nikkei)
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Recaptured Niigata escapee suspected in multiple rapes, murders

Japan Society News - August 1, 2014 - 23:52
A suspected serial rapist who made headlines after briefly escaping from the Niigata District Court in June is now suspected of involvement in three alleged murders in Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Times)
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Sharp sales edge up 1.9% in first quarter

Japan Business News - August 1, 2014 - 23:27
Sharp Corp. said Friday that sales and operating profit in the first quarter rose from the same period a year ago, thanks to continued streamlining and steady sales of LCD-related products that contributed toward its recovery. (Japan Times)
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Kyoto entertainers make ritual visits

Japan Society News - August 1, 2014 - 23:24
In Japan's old capital Kyoto, traditional female entertainers have made annual visits to express appreciation for those who've helped them in their careers. (NHK)
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Japan names 158 remote islands

Japan Politics News - August 1, 2014 - 23:15
The Japanese government has announced the official names of 158 uninhabited remote islands to govern them more properly, including 5 of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (NHK)
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Japan struggles to reclaim fraudulently obtained welfare benefits

Japan Economy News - August 1, 2014 - 23:12
Local authorities in Japan are struggling to recover fraudulently obtained welfare benefits and they are forced to book some payments as losses, a government survey showed on Friday. (Jiji Press)
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KDDI 'fails to declare Y15.9 billion'

Japan Business News - August 1, 2014 - 23:05
Tax authorities have found that KDDI Corp. failed to declare about Y15.9 billion in taxable income for the five years to March 2013, it has been learned. (The Japan News)
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Sukiya chain urged to end one-man midnight shifts

Japan Business News - August 1, 2014 - 23:03
The Sukiya gyudon restaurant chain should eliminate its exploitative practice of having only a single staff member run the midnight shift, a third-party panel said. (The Japan News)
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The dark side of 'womenomics'

Japan Economy News - August 1, 2014 - 13:27
Japanese women are in demand as never before. "Women have the greatest potential," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently told media, "and allowing them to demonstrate their full abilities is the core of our growth strategy." (Nikkei)
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.63pc

Japan Economy News - August 1, 2014 - 07:40
Tokyo stocks closed down 0.63 percent on Friday after a sell-off on Wall Street driven by weak eurozone data, the Argentine debt default and other negative news. (
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Japan chat app Line's sales surge ahead of sector's first major IPO

Japan Business News - July 31, 2014 - 23:53
Japan-based messaging app Line Corp saw second-quarter revenue jump by more than half, fuelled by growth outside its home market, in a boost to the service's plans for an initial public offering that could value the firm at up to $20 billion. (Reuters)
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Japan must hike sales taxes again to conquer debt: IMF

Japan Economy News - July 31, 2014 - 23:45
Japan must raise its sales tax again to conquer one of the world's heaviest public debt burdens, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday, as it called for deep economic reforms. (Japan Today)
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Yahoo Japan launches car navigation app to compete with Apple, Google

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 31, 2014 - 23:42
Yahoo Japan Corp. launched a car navigation app Thursday, hoping the Japanese-language features and access to Japan-specific data will help it compete with the likes of Apple Inc. and Google Inc. (Wall Street Journal)
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Warning issued after consumers sustain major burns from using coolant skin sprays

Japan Business News - July 31, 2014 - 23:40
The Consumer Affairs Agency has issued a warning to consumers to be careful when using topical coolant skin sprays after a number of cases in which people sustained serious burns after the spray ignited. (Japan Today)
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London's Sumo Run has Japanese confused, kind of offended

Japan Society News - July 31, 2014 - 23:37
This week the annual charity event known as the Sumo Run took place in London's Battersea Park. To raise money for education in sub-Saharan Africa, participants don inflatable sumo suits and run the 5km course around the park, no doubt delighting passersby in the country that gave us Monty Python. (
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Softbank laying groundwork for Pepper the robot's release

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 31, 2014 - 23:33
Gearing up for the upcoming release of its household robot, Pepper, Softbank has established a new company and plans to set up two locations for collaborating with outsiders to create applications. (Nikkei)
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With Tesla deal, Panasonic sees risk and reward

Japan Business News - July 31, 2014 - 23:31
Panasonic has been scaling back investment under President Kazuhiro Tsuga but seems ready for a reversal, as suggested by its plans announced Thursday to build a lithium-ion battery plant in collaboration with U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors. (Nikkei)
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Abe to reshuffle Cabinet, LDP leadership in early September

Japan Politics News - July 31, 2014 - 23:15
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that he plans to reshuffle his Cabinet and Liberal Democratic Party leadership in the first week of September. (Kyodo)
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Japan punishes Novartis for not reporting side effects

Japan Business News - July 31, 2014 - 23:12
Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry issued a business improvement order on Thursday to Novartis Pharma K.K. for its failure to report serious side effects of its leukemia treatment drugs. (Jiji Press)
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