Foreign capital pouring into Japanese real estate market

Japan Economy News - January 11, 2015 - 20:07
Foreign companies roughly tripled purchases of real estate in Japan last year, driven by the weaker yen and expectations of a market recovery on the back of higher corporate earnings and the 2020 Olympic Games. (Nikkei)
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Skymark occupancy rate hits 4-year low

Japan Business News - January 11, 2015 - 19:59
Skymark Airlines said its overall seat occupancy rate in December fell to 54.5 percent, down 5.6 percentage points from a year before. The figure was the lowest level for the month since 2010. (The Japan News)
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Haneda's Y1 bil. bird strike prevention system a failure

Japan Sci-Tech News - January 11, 2015 - 19:55
A Y1 billion radar-equipped system set up by the transport ministry as a "surefire" way to prevent bird strikes at Haneda Airport in Tokyo is doing little to achieve its intended aim, it has been found. (The Japan News)
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Ruling bloc-backed candidate beaten in Saga governor election

Japan Politics News - January 11, 2015 - 19:49
A candidate supported by the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition was defeated in Sunday's closely contested gubernatorial election in Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan, possibly dealing a blow to the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Jiji Press)
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No. of 110 calls not for emergencies topped 2 mil in 2014, NPA says

Japan Society News - January 11, 2015 - 07:24
The National Police Agency says that there were more than 2 million calls made to 110 last year across Japan, which were not categorized as being an emergency. (Japan Today)
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College athlete wins 'luckiest man' shrine race

Japan Sports News - January 10, 2015 - 05:00
A college athlete has won the annual "luckiest man" race at a shrine in Nishinomiya, western Japan. (NHK)
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5 Chinese weapons of war Japan should fear

Japan Politics News - January 10, 2015 - 02:02
American refusal to sell the F-22 Raptor overseas and the aging of the F-15J fighter is set to create a window of vulnerability. Even worse news for Japan, China is developing something that could push through Tokyo's airspace: the J-20 fighter. (nationalinterest.org)
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Why did Japanese people stop performing seppuku?

Japan Society News - January 10, 2015 - 02:00
Seppuku, a highly ritualized form of suicide that involved cutting one's own stomach, was once part of the bushido samurai code, and considered an honorable way to die and, until the 20th century, was quite common. So what happened? Why did this practice die out? (io9.com)
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Young adults prepare for Coming-of-Age Day on Monday

Japan Education News - January 10, 2015 - 01:39
On Monday, if you are out and about in Japan, you'll see many young people dressed in their best; the girls especially will look pretty in their kimono. That's because Monday is Coming-of-Age Day (成人の日) - when young Japanese who turned 20 during the previous year or will do so before March 31 this year are officially recognized as adults. (Japan Today)
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Court again rejects death-row inmate's plea for retrial over 1961 wine poisoning case

Japan Society News - January 10, 2015 - 01:34
A court dismissed again Friday a plea by a death-row inmate for a retrial on a wine poisoning case in which five women were killed in Nabari in the central prefecture of Mie in 1961. (The Japan News)
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Japan to set FY 2015 general-account budget at around 96.9 trillion yen

Japan Economy News - January 10, 2015 - 01:26
The Japanese government and ruling coalition are in the final stage of talks to set the scale of general-account spending at around 96.9 trillion yen in the initial budget proposal for fiscal 2015, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan launches cyber-security task force

Japan Politics News - January 10, 2015 - 01:14
Japan's government has launched a cyber-security task force. Hacking attacks are a key concern as Tokyo prepares to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. (NHK)
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U.S. NHTSA fines Honda record $70 million

Japan Business News - January 9, 2015 - 10:56
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that it has imposed a record 70 million dollars in civil fines on Honda Motor Co. for failing to report fatal and injury accidents, and some warranty claims. (Jiji Press)
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Japan November coincident economic index down 1.0 point

Japan Economy News - January 9, 2015 - 10:55
Japan's composite index of coincident economic indicators for November fell 1.0 point from the previous month, the first drop in three months, the Cabinet Office said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei rises for 3rd day on US optimism

Japan Economy News - January 9, 2015 - 09:11
The Nikkei rose for a third day on Friday on growing confidence in the US economy and hopes of aggressive stimulus steps in Europe, while Fast Retailing Co rose after reporting strong quarterly profits. (thehindubusinessline.com)
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Ex-Ginza hostess triumphs in dispute with NTV, offered announcer job

Japan Society News - January 9, 2015 - 07:46
A female college student who filed a suit last year against a television station that had deemed her work history unacceptable for employment as an announcer has reached a settlement with the network, it was learned on Thursday, reports Nikkan Sports (Jan. 9). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Woman finds dental material in McDonald's Japan burger

Japan Business News - January 9, 2015 - 07:43
A Japanese woman has claimed she discovered fragments identified as dental material in a McDonald's hamburger, the company said Friday, the latest in a series of food contamination woes for the fast-food giant. (Japan Today)
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Man stabbed by unknown assailant in front of Gifu home

Japan Society News - January 9, 2015 - 07:39
A 51-year-old company executive was found collapsed in front of his home, bleeding from multiple stab wounds to his neck, in Mizuho, Gifu Prefecture, on Thursday night. (Japan Today)
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Japan adopts new space policy focusing on security

Japan Politics News - January 9, 2015 - 07:38
The Japanese government approved Friday a new space development policy focusing on security, with an aim to boost the total value of the country's space industry to 5 trillion yen over the next decade. (Kyodo)
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