Last call for drinks at Japan Tobacco

Japan Business News - February 4, 2015 - 12:01
Japan Tobacco Inc. said Wednesday it will withdraw from the beverage business by the end of September, citing severe market competition. (Wall Street Journal)
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Hacker who framed computer users with cyberthreats jailed for 8 years

Japan Society News - February 4, 2015 - 11:54
The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday handed down an eight-year prison term to a hacker who hijacked computers and used them to send malicious threats, leading to the erroneous arrest of the devices' unsuspecting owners. (Japan Times)
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Japanese PM expresses anger over killing of Jordanian pilot

Japan Politics News - February 4, 2015 - 08:46
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he was deeply angry over the "outrageous" killing of a Jordanian pilot, who was apparently burnt to death by ISIS, and repeated Japan's resolve not to give in to terrorism. (
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Nikkei posts biggest gains in more than 2 weeks

Japan Economy News - February 4, 2015 - 08:28
Japanese shares posted their biggest gains in more than two weeks on Wednesday after Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group's strong results lifted financial shares, and hopes for a new Greek debt swap deal and a stabilization in oil prices underpinned broader sentiment. (Reuters)
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Japan average monthly wages grow 0.8 pct in 2014

Japan Economy News - February 4, 2015 - 08:26
The average monthly wages in Japan in 2014 rose 0.8 pct from the previous year to 316,694 yen, the first increase in four years, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said in a preliminary report Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Report: 40% of random killers attempted suicide before committing crimes

Japan Society News - February 4, 2015 - 00:02
The typical indiscriminate killer is a man in his 30s or younger who is a loner, feels animosity toward others and whose pent-up frustrations lead him to lose control, with nearly half having attempted suicide, according to a Justice Ministry report. (Asahi)
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Yahoo Japan to target advanced players with new smartphone game venture

Japan Business News - February 3, 2015 - 23:55
Yahoo Japan is breaking into smartphone game development and distribution with a venture aimed at creating highly polished titles for experienced gamers. (Nikkei)
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Man arrested for drugging, raping over 100 women in fake clinical study

Japan Society News - February 3, 2015 - 23:53
Japanese police have arrested a man for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting more than 100 women who believed they were taking part in a medical study, detectives and local media said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Hokkaido town buried under nearly 2 meters of snow

Japan Society News - February 3, 2015 - 23:51
Parts of northern Japan were digging out Tuesday from nearly two meters of snow after a massive winter storm dumped record amounts. (Japan Today)
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Constitutional change necessary to protect Japanese citizens: Abe

Japan Politics News - February 3, 2015 - 23:49
After being unable to save two Islamic State-held hostages, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that constitutional amendment will be needed to protect the lives and assets of Japanese citizens. (Kyodo)
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Traditional bean-throwing at Shinshoji Temple

Japan Society News - February 3, 2015 - 23:46
A sumo grand champion and a popular actress have scattered beans at a Buddhist temple near Tokyo in a traditional ceremony to invite good luck. (NHK)
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Abe thanks Turkey for support in hostage crisis

Japan Politics News - February 3, 2015 - 23:45
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed gratitude to Turkey for the help it offered Japan in trying to secure the release of 2 hostages held by Islamic State militants. (NHK)
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Pro-Korean organization HQ resold

Japan Business News - February 3, 2015 - 23:29
A real estate company in western Japan that acquired the Tokyo headquarters of a pro-North Korea organization has resold the property to a real estate firm in northern Japan. (NHK)
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Kabuki performed in Tokyo's Roppongi district

Japan Society News - February 3, 2015 - 23:27
Kabuki has been performed for the first time in the Roppongi district of downtown Tokyo. (NHK)
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Japan Diet passes FY 2014 extra budget

Japan Politics News - February 3, 2015 - 23:24
Japan's parliament enacted on Tuesday a 3,118-billion-yen supplementary budget for fiscal 2014 that will be used to cover economic measures. (Jiji Press)
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Japan to increase defense attaches in Middle East

Japan Politics News - February 3, 2015 - 23:23
The Japanese government is planning to increase the number of its defense attaches in the Middle East to boost military intelligence, it was learned Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Sharp sees Y30 billion net loss

Japan Business News - February 3, 2015 - 23:21
Sharp Corp. said Tuesday it now expects to suffer a group net loss of ¥30 billion in fiscal 2014, which ends in March, against its previous estimate of ¥30 billion in profit, due chiefly to weak sales of liquid crystal display panels and a weaker yen. (The Japan News)
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Militants' video shows Jordanian pilot killed

Japan Politics News - February 3, 2015 - 23:11
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant put to death a captured Jordanian fighter pilot by burning him alive in a cage, according to a video the group released Tuesday. The kingdom vowed a swift and lethal response to what it called a "barbaric" act. (The Japan News)
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