Toyo Tire must correct substandard rubber

Japan Business News - March 18, 2015 - 13:54
Japan's industry ministry has urged Toyo Tire and Rubber Company to look into its substandard rubber by the middle of next week. The product is a building material for quake-absorption. (NHK)
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Hyogo to make bicycle liability insurance compulsory

Japan Politics News - March 18, 2015 - 13:50
The Hyogo prefectural assembly on Wednesday adopted an ordinance that will make it compulsory for cyclists to buy liability insurance, the first such local regulation in Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Benesse finds new customer info data leak

Japan Business News - March 18, 2015 - 09:07
Benesse Holdings Inc. has learned of a new customer data leak at an education service unit, after the company was the target of Japan's largest-ever data theft scandal last year. (Japan Times)
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Land prices in Japan's biggest cities rise for a second year

Japan Economy News - March 18, 2015 - 09:02
Land prices in Japan's three largest metropolitan areas gained for a second consecutive year as interest rates at record lows boosted housing demand and property investments. (Bloomberg)
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Govt. employees tested on cyber security

Japan Sci-Tech News - March 18, 2015 - 08:52
Japan's cyber-security task force has been testing employees of government ministries and agencies on their ability to stop hacker attacks. (NHK)
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Nikkei hits fresh 15-year high as wage hikes stoke Japan optimism

Japan Economy News - March 18, 2015 - 08:49
The Nikkei index rose to a fresh 15-year high Wednesday as wage hikes at large firms fueled optimism about the Japanese economy, while investors also waited for a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting for clues as to when the Fed will raise interest rates. (Kyodo)
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More reactors to be decommissioned for a total of 5

Japan Sci-Tech News - March 18, 2015 - 06:54
Two more aging nuclear reactors are to be decommissioned in addition to three that utilities said had outlived their service life. (Asahi)
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U.S. Ambassador Kennedy gets several death threats by phone

Japan Politics News - March 17, 2015 - 23:50
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy received several death threats by phone in February, Japanese media reported Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Gifu village offers jackpot in annual search for mythical reptilian creature

Japan Society News - March 17, 2015 - 23:48
HIGASHI-SHIRAKAWA, Gifu Prefecture--In this village's version of the hunt for the Loch Ness monster and Sasquatch, an annual search will be held in May to capture a mythical snakelike, bottle-shaped creature known as "tsuchinoko." (Asahi)
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Boy held for trying to kill goat says he was inspired by IS video

Japan Society News - March 17, 2015 - 23:42
Police have arrested a third-year junior high school boy for attempting to kill a goat. The boy told police he was inspired to kill someone after watching videos of Islamic State extremists beheading hostages and that he wanted to practice on the goat first. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops bust 'happening bar,' 10 arrested

Japan Society News - March 17, 2015 - 23:40
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday announced the bust of a specialty bar in Taito Ward that allows customers to engage in sex, reports Fuji News Network (March 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Police confiscate PC of associate professor charged with murdering graduate student

Japan Society News - March 17, 2015 - 23:37
Police in Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture, have confiscated the PC of an associate professor who was arrested on March 14 on suspicion of murdering a graduate student on March 12. (Japan Today)
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Undetonated one-ton U.S. bomb found near downtown Osaka

Japan Society News - March 17, 2015 - 23:35
Workers at a the construction site for a new condo complex in Osaka were surprised when they hit something hard after excavating about two meters deep on Monday morning. They were even more surprised to find that what they found was an unexploded piece of ordnance left over from World War II. (Japan Today)
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Aum planned sarin attack on Osaki police station same day as subway massacre

Japan Society News - March 17, 2015 - 23:33
Aum Shinrikyo planned to release sarin at a police station in Tokyo the same day it gassed the capital's subway system in 1995, Jiji Press has learned. (Japan Times)
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City, parents settle Otsu bullying case out of court

Japan Education News - March 17, 2015 - 23:29
The Otsu municipal government accepted an out-of-court settlement Tuesday for a lawsuit over the 2011 suicide of a 13-year-old junior high school student who had been bullied by his classmates. (Jiji Press)
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Nintendo forms alliance with mobile game firm DeNA

Japan Business News - March 17, 2015 - 23:22
After years of scoffing at the threat from smartphones, Nintendo Co is doing an about face and entering an alliance with Japanese mobile game company DeNA Co to develop games for mobile devices. (Japan Today)
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Syrians file suit seeking refugee status in Japan

Japan Politics News - March 17, 2015 - 23:21
4 Syrians who took part in a pro-democracy movement in their civil war-torn country have filed a lawsuit seeking refugee status in Japan. (NHK)
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Japan FTC raids Coleman Japan over resale price maintenance

Japan Business News - March 17, 2015 - 23:17
The Japan Fair Trade Commission raided the Japanese unit of U.S. outdoor gear maker Coleman Co. on Tuesday on suspicion of resale price maintenance, in violation of the antimonopoly law. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's prices may turn down: BOJ Kuroda

Japan Economy News - March 17, 2015 - 23:14
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday the possibly cannot be ruled out that prices in Japan will drop slightly due to cheaper oil. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo share end higher amid hopes on wage hike

Japan Economy News - March 17, 2015 - 09:53
Tokyo shares ended higher with its benchmark Nikkei stocks index closing at its highest level in nearly 15 years Tuesday amid ongoing talks for wage hikes at major companies. (Global Post)
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