Downtown Tokyo office rents up for sixth straight month

Japan Business News - July 10, 2014 - 23:33
Office rents in downtown Tokyo climbed for the sixth consecutive month as vacancy rates hit a five-year low amid robust demand for office space. (Nikkei)
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Tottori City's starving mascot makes waves and suddenly disappears

Japan Society News - July 10, 2014 - 23:27
From December of last year until this February, Tottori City held an open call for mascot ideas for a character to represent the Tottori Castle ruins. The ruins were named one of Japan's 100 notable castles and have enjoyed an influx of tourists. (
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IT firm allegedly purchases leaked personal data

Japan Business News - July 10, 2014 - 23:20
A Japanese IT firm running an online study program is suspected of using personal data leaked from education company Benesse to send direct mail. (NHK)
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TPP talks reach accord on labor, quarantine rules

Japan Economy News - July 10, 2014 - 23:16
Negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact meeting that began here July 5 have effectively reached agreement in two areas-labor issues and quarantines related to the safety of imported food. The talks will run through Saturday. (The Japan News)
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New safety rules may be applied to Fukushima plant

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 10, 2014 - 23:13
Japan's nuclear regulator is considering stricter safety measures for the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant, which is being decommissioned. (NHK)
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Japan consultants indicted over Vietnam ODA kickbacks

Japan Business News - July 10, 2014 - 23:06
Tokyo prosecutors indicted two former and one current executives of a Tokyo consulting firm without arrest on Thursday, alleging they paid tens of millions of yen in kickbacks to Vietnamese government officials over a railway project in the Southeast Asian country covered by Japan's official development assistance program. (Jiji Press)
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Abe pledges 20 billion yen ODA for Papua New Guinea

Japan Politics News - July 10, 2014 - 23:04
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday Japan will provide 20 billion yen in official development assistance to Papua New Guinea over the next three years. (Jiji Press)
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Quasi-legal drug sellers in Tokyo raided

Japan Society News - July 10, 2014 - 23:01
Tokyo's metropolitan government and police together with the health ministry carried out on-site inspections of shops suspected of selling quasi-legal narcotics in the Japanese capital Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's beer shipments hit record low

Japan Business News - July 10, 2014 - 22:58
Shipments of beer and beer-like drinks in Japan hit a record low for the first 6 months of the year. (NHK)
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Tokyo police set up task force on quasi-legal drugs

Japan Society News - July 10, 2014 - 13:35
Tokyo police set up a task force on Thursday to strengthen controls on quasi-legal drugs, following a spate of crashes involving cars driven by users of those drugs. (Jiji Press)
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Composer Sakamoto has cancer, cancels engagements

Japan Society News - July 10, 2014 - 07:33
Globally acclaimed composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto said Thursday he is suffering from cancer and is canceling all professional commitments to focus on treatment. (Japan Times)
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Nikkei falls for fourth day as poor machinery figure hurts mood

Japan Economy News - July 10, 2014 - 07:29
Japan's Nikkei share average dropped for a fourth day to a fresh 1-1/2-week low on Thursday as worse-than-expected machinery data soured sentiment and U.S. Federal Reserve minutes suggested the end of its stimulus was a sign of economic strength. (Reuters)
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Ex-gangster locks himself in hospital room and commits suicide

Japan Society News - July 10, 2014 - 05:08
A former gangster locked himself in a room in a hospital in Mimasaka, Okayama Prefecture, and held police at bay for four hours before killing himself. (Japan Today)
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Japan firm: 7.6 mil. personal info items leaked

Japan Business News - July 10, 2014 - 00:29
An education company in Japan says 7.6 million items of personal information have been leaked, and the number may swell to more than 20 million. (NHK)
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Weddings with hometown charm

Japan Society News - July 9, 2014 - 21:04
A trend is growing among young couples to choose buildings and historically significant spots in their hometowns as wedding ceremony sites in a phenomena known as "gotochi-kon." (The Japan News)
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More junior high absentees advance to high schools: survey

Japan Education News - July 9, 2014 - 20:59
More Japanese ninth-grade students who miss long periods of school for reasons other than illness or financial difficulties are going on to high school after graduation from junior high, a follow-up education ministry survey showed Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Boy killed in mudslide in central Japan

Japan Society News - July 9, 2014 - 20:56
A boy was killed in a mudslide caused by torrential rain in Nagiso, Nagano Prefecture, on Wednesday, local police and firefighters said. (Jiji Press)
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