Japan's consumer prices up for 20th straight month

Japan Economy News - February 27, 2015 - 04:38
Officials at Japan's Internal Affairs Ministry say consumer prices rose for the 20th straight month in January. But the pace of increase is slowing down. (NHK)
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Crown prince takes surprise jaunt around Imperial Palace

Japan Society News - February 26, 2015 - 23:11
Crown Prince Naruhito made an unexpected appearance outside the Imperial Palace on Feb. 25, surprising pedestrians as he jogged around the residence on a public running path. (Asahi)
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Japan's GSDF, US Marines conduct landing drill

Japan Politics News - February 26, 2015 - 23:04
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force and the US Marine Corps have carried out a large-scale landing drill that included a rescue operation using an Osprey aircraft. (NHK)
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Okinawa checks reefs for damage from US base work

Japan Politics News - February 26, 2015 - 22:57
Local government officials in Okinawa Prefecture, southwestern Japan, are surveying coral reefs to assess the impact of preparations to build an air base for the US Marines. Prefectural government officials say giant concrete weights set on the seabed may have damaged the reefs. (NHK)
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Embattled Nishikawa received 10 milliony en from 2 firms

Japan Politics News - February 26, 2015 - 22:52
Japan's House of Representatives Budget Committee on Thursday found that embattled former Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Koya Nishikawa has received a total of 10 million yen from two companies. (Jiji Press)
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Top court OK's penalty for sexual harassers

Japan Society News - February 26, 2015 - 22:49
The Supreme Court dismissed Thursday a lower court ruling that nullified suspensions and other disciplinary action against two male members of a company in Osaka due to sexual harassment in the workplace. (The Japan News)
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Friend got Line message from slain Kawasaki boy near time of death

Japan Society News - February 26, 2015 - 22:43
The mobile phone records of a 13-year-old boy who was found fatally stabbed last week along the Tama River in Kawasaki show the Line messaging app was used to contact a former schoolmate just around the time he was killed, it was learned Thursday. (Japan Times)
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NRA chief slams TEPCO for data reporting delay

Japan Politics News - February 26, 2015 - 22:42
Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka criticized Tokyo Electric Power Co. for not disclosing information immediately after rainwater contaminated with high-level radioactive materials leaked from its ruined Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant through a trench into the sea. (The Japan News)
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Montblanc to sell $4,400 pen made of Japan 'miracle pine'

Japan Business News - February 26, 2015 - 22:38
Luxury marque Montblanc is to sell fountain pens made from a "miracle pine" tree that survived the 2011 tsunami, for a hefty $4,400, an official said, with just 20 percent of takings donated to local people. (AFP)
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Tokyo cops bust 2 Kabukicho hostess clubs for overcharging

Japan Society News - February 26, 2015 - 22:32
In a crackdown on overcharging of customers, Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the bust of two hostess clubs in Shinjuku Ward, reports TV Asahi (Feb. 25). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan's small firms hold out for Abenomics trickle down

Japan Economy News - February 26, 2015 - 08:01
Japan Inc is under pressure to boost pay to keep a fragile economic recovery afloat, but even hefty wages increases from the biggest companies may prove to be a hollow victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the bulk of the country's workers. (Reuters)
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Taco Bell makes a run for Japan's border

Japan Business News - February 26, 2015 - 07:59
Japan has no shortage of U.S.-style fast-food restaurants, from burgers to pizza, but something that hasn't been on the menu is burritos and quesadillas. That is about to change, however, as Irvine, Calif.-based Taco Bell is planning to set up shop in the land of sushi and sashimi. (wsj.com)
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Communist Party paper criticises Japanese's warm toilet seats

Japan Politics News - February 26, 2015 - 07:53
A Communist Party tabloid has slammed Chinese shoppers for splashing out millions of pounds for the privilege of warming their buttocks on Japanese toilet seats, in an unusual sign of worsening ties between the two countries. (telegraph.co.uk)
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4D maker MediaMation cracks Japan, partners with Sony Business Solutions

Japan Business News - February 26, 2015 - 07:50
MediaMation, a maker of 4D technology, is partnering with Sony Business Solutions Corporation to try to hook Japan on movie theaters that buck, spray and mist along with the onscreen action. (variety.com)
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Giant robotic teddy bear: Japan's nurse of the future

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 26, 2015 - 07:48
The gentle giant has been designed specifically to assist in caring for Japan's ageing population, taking on heavy-duty tasks such as lifting. (cnet.com)
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Japan's benchmark Nikkei index hits fresh 15-year high

Japan Economy News - February 26, 2015 - 07:43
Japan's benchmark Nikkei index hit a fresh 15-year high on Thursday, leading most Asian shares higher as oil prices rebounded and boosted shares of energy firms. (BBC)
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Man arrested for kidnapping Kagawa school girl

Japan Society News - February 26, 2015 - 07:40
Police in Osaka said Thursday they have arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl in Kagawa Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Japan education minister denies illegal funds report

Japan Politics News - February 26, 2015 - 04:39
Japan's education minister denied on Thursday a report by a weekly magazine that he illegally received political funds, just days after the farm minister resigned over similar allegations. (Reuters)
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Prince William starts first Japan visit--with green tea

Japan Society News - February 26, 2015 - 04:37
Britain's Prince William is having afternoon tea on his first visit to Japan on Feb. 26, but it's green and served by a master in the Japanese ceremonial art in a traditional tea house. (Asahi)
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Natto mascot embraces weirdness to become unlikely star

Japan Society News - February 25, 2015 - 23:47
Being the unofficial patron saint of "natto" has proven to be sticky for Nebaaru-kun. The private-sector mascot for Ibaraki Prefecture was largely unknown until its appearance on TV last year, generating a buzz on the Internet with its eerie movements and high-pitched voice. (Asahi)
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