Japanese fans get first look at Apple Watch

Japan Business News - April 10, 2015 - 05:11
Japanese tech fans got their first look Friday at the Apple Watch, with would-be early buyers queuing for a "trial fitting" in Tokyo's chic Omotesando area. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops arrest foreigners, yakuza in 12-man brawl

Japan Society News - April 10, 2015 - 05:10
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the arrest of Bangladeshi nationals and an organized crime member for participation in a brawl in Sumida Ward last year, reports Nippon News Network (April 10). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Nikkei briefly tops 20,000 for first time in 15 years

Japan Economy News - April 10, 2015 - 05:07
Japan's Nikkei retreated from the highest level in 15 years on Friday. The Nikkei edged down 0.1% to 19,920.86, after exceeding 20,000 for the first time since April 2000 during the morning session. (Japan Today)
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Fast Retailing ups guidance as overseas Uniqlo shines

Japan Business News - April 10, 2015 - 00:10
Fast Retailing Co Ltd raised its full-year earnings forecasts on Thursday after sales at its Uniqlo casual-wear stores in Greater China and South Korea grew more strongly than expected, showing that its overseas expansion is bearing fruit. (Reuters)
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Japan's Amazon has bigger dreams

Japan Business News - April 10, 2015 - 00:08
In Japan, there's no escaping Rakuten. Since its 1997 founding, the shopping-website operator has become much more than an Amazon.com look-alike-it's expanded into sports, financial services, even family planning. (Bloomberg)
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Japan nuclear regulator 'very close' to end of review: commissioner

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 10, 2015 - 00:06
Japan's atomic regulator is "very close" to finishing its review of two reactors in southern Japan that are slated to be the first to restart under new rules introduced since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, one of its commissioners told Reuters. (Reuters)
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How Ken Watanabe polished the King's speech for 'King and I'

Japan Education News - April 9, 2015 - 23:55
For weeks, my spies in Siam were telling me that nobody at "The King and I" could understand a word Ken Watanabe was saying. And when I say nobody, I mean nobody - from the actors to the audience to the ushers. (nypost.com)
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Man arrested for throwing bodily fluid on girl's skirt

Japan Society News - April 9, 2015 - 23:35
Police in Tokyo said Thursday they have arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of throwing bodily fluid on a girl's skirt on a crowded train last December. (Japan Today)
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Boy entering all-girls high school creates real-life harem anime

Japan Education News - April 9, 2015 - 23:32
Any guy who's watched a harem anime before - one where a single male is surrounded by many women - has probably giggled to himself about what it would be like to be in a similar situation himself. (rocketnews24.com)
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Disgraced swimmer argues thief in video isn't him

Japan Society News - April 9, 2015 - 23:29
South Korean prosecutors have released video footage which they say shows a Japanese swimmer stealing a camera during the Asian Games in Incheon last year. (NHK)
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McDonald's sales plunge again

Japan Business News - April 9, 2015 - 23:26
McDonald's Japan has marked its second-biggest yearly decline in sales since the company was listed in 2001. (NHK)
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Giant 411kg tuna catch

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 9, 2015 - 12:28
A giant bluefin tuna weighing more than 400 kilograms has been caught in the Pacific Ocean off western Japan. (NHK)
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Diet enacts record 96.34 tril. yen budget for FY 2015

Japan Politics News - April 9, 2015 - 12:19
Japan's parliament enacted Thursday a record 96.34 trillion yen ($803.45 billion) budget for fiscal 2015 which started April 1, aiming to achieve economic recovery while pursuing fiscal rehabilitation. (Kyodo)
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Nikkei ends firm, near to 20,000, on foreign buying hopes

Japan Economy News - April 9, 2015 - 12:16
Japan's Nikkei rose to a fresh 15-year high on Thursday, getting in sight of 20,000, on hopes that foreigners will continue to buy Japanese stocks due to optimism about an economic recovery and strong corporate profits. (Reuters)
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Mother jumps from roof while holding 17-day-old baby

Japan Society News - April 9, 2015 - 12:13
A woman jumped from the roof of a building, while holding her 17-day-old baby daughter in her arms, in Saitama City, police said. (Japan Today)
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JA Zenchu head to resign after decision on farm reforms

Japan Economy News - April 9, 2015 - 06:58
Akira Banzai, president of the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives, or JA Zenchu, said Thursday he will step down from the post before his second three-year term of office expires in 2017. (Reuters)
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With new terminal, Jetstar Japan aims to pull away from rivals

Japan Business News - April 8, 2015 - 23:00
Jetstar Japan hopes to set itself apart from other low-cost carriers by collaborating better with group airlines to tap demand among travelers from Asia and Australia. (Nikkei)
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Abe seeks acceptance of Futenma relocation

Japan Politics News - April 8, 2015 - 22:50
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has renewed his call for acceptance of the government plan to relocate the US Marines' Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture. (NHK)
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BOJ keeps monetary policy intact

Japan Economy News - April 8, 2015 - 22:46
The Bank of Japan decided to keep its monetary policy intact at a two-day policy-setting meeting ended Wednesday although inflation is slowing on the back of falling oil prices. (Jiji Press)
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New high school opens in nuclear crisis-hit area in Fukushima

Japan Education News - April 8, 2015 - 22:43
A new high school opened on Wednesday in an area near Japan's worst nuclear accident site, in Fukushima Prefecture, aiming partly to develop human resources who can help promote reconstruction of the northeastern Japan prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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