ECC may have bought data leaked from Benesse

Japan Education News - July 19, 2014 - 00:09
Major foreign language school operator ECC Corp. has bought personal data on high school students that may have leaked from education service provider Benesse Corp. at the center of a high-profile information leak scandal, it was learned Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Top court rules resident foreigners ineligible for welfare benefits

Japan Society News - July 19, 2014 - 00:07
The Supreme Court ruled Friday that foreigners with permanent residency status are ineligible for welfare benefits, overturning a decision by the Fukuoka High Court that had acknowledged their eligibility under the public assistance law. (Kyodo)
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Sales figures show economy healthy

Japan Economy News - July 19, 2014 - 00:03
With three months passed since the hike in the consumption tax rate in April, the drop in demand that followed the last-minute surge prior to the tax increase has eased, leading the government to make an upward revision to its economic assessment. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo-Nagoya maglev construction given OK

Japan Business News - July 18, 2014 - 23:58
Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Akihiro Ota effectively gave the green light on Friday to construction of the Tokyo-Nagoya section of a planned high-speed, magnetic levitation Shinkansen train line. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo stocks close down 1.01%

Japan Economy News - July 18, 2014 - 07:31
Tokyo stocks have closed 1.01 per cent lower as the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in rebel-held eastern Ukraine sent jitters through the market, with shares of major Japanese carriers falling. (
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Hidebound rules hindering Japan's amusement industry

Japan Society News - July 18, 2014 - 06:34
Almost every day at 7:30 p.m., men and women in their 30s to 50s gather in a restaurant in Tokyo's Roppongi entertainment district for lessons to hone their salsa dance moves. (Nikkei)
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Abe calls for international probe of downing

Japan Politics News - July 18, 2014 - 06:29
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for an international investigation into the downing of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine. (NHK)
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Japan bank group draws up online fraud compensation guidelines

Japan Economy News - July 18, 2014 - 06:27
The Japanese Bankers Association announced Thursday guidelines for banks to decide whether to pay compensation to companies for damage from online banking fraud. (Jiji Press)
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Japan pushing ahead with casino plan ahead of 2020 Olympics

Japan Politics News - July 18, 2014 - 06:26
Japan plans to set up a new unit to look at setting up integrated resort facilities featuring casinos in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the top government spokesman said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Shizuoka chief public prosecutor to be dismissed over sexual harassment

Japan Politics News - July 17, 2014 - 23:56
The Ministry of Justice said it will dismiss the chief public prosecutor in Shizuoka Prefecture after he was accused of inappropriate and unsolicited sexual behavior by a female staff member. (Japan Today)
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Hello Kitty designer defends cute character as cat turns 40

Japan Society News - July 17, 2014 - 23:53
The flamboyant designer of Japanese cartoon and global mega-brand Hello Kitty defended the cute cat against new rivals Thursday as the character prepares to celebrate her 40th birthday. (Japan Today)
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Baseball: Samurai Japan announces six key players for November series against MLB stars

Japan Sports News - July 17, 2014 - 23:51
Chihiro Kaneko says he doesn't watch many MLB games and doesn't really know much about the players. He might be in store for an MLB crash course this winter. (Japan Times)
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Japanese businesses urged to promote 'Doraemon' in U.S.

Japan Business News - July 17, 2014 - 23:48
Japanese companies doing business in New York are being asked to help promote "Doraemon," the popular Japanese anime, in the United States. (Jiji Press)
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With cold coffee booming, ice is hot this summer

Japan Business News - July 17, 2014 - 23:45
Ice makers are ramping up production to meet demand spurred by the popularity of cold coffee sold near convenience store cash registers. (The Japan News)
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Mazda2 output begins in Japan

Japan Business News - July 17, 2014 - 23:41
Mazda Motor Corp. began manufacturing the next-generation Mazda2 subcompact in Japan today and unveiled the first pictures of the production model. (
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Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

Japan Business News - July 17, 2014 - 23:32
New mobile phone entrant Ymobile Corp. unveiled monthly fixed-price service plans Thursday that include voice calling and Internet access to woo newcomers to smartphones with simpler and cheaper contracts. (Japan Times)
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Sony aims to spread FeliCa abroad

Japan Business News - July 17, 2014 - 23:29
Japan's Sony plans to make its IC chip technology compatible with overseas telecom standards. (NHK)
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No need for Waseda to cancel Obokata's doctorate: panel

Japan Education News - July 17, 2014 - 23:21
An investigation panel at Japan's Waseda University said in a report Thursday that the controversial doctoral thesis of researcher Haruko Obokata, who is at the center of a scandal over STAP cells, does not require the university to cancel her doctorate. (Jiji Press)
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Japan vows support for new Ukraine government

Japan Politics News - July 17, 2014 - 23:18
Visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday that Tokyo will actively support the new Kiev government's efforts to stabilize the country. (Jiji Press)
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Top court upholds paternity even if blood ties disproved by DNA test

Japan Society News - July 17, 2014 - 23:00
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the results of DNA tests are not enough to revoke the paternity of a child even if they disprove any biological relation to its assumed father. (Kyodo)
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