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Bottle of Japanese whisky sells for record $343,000

August 17, 2018 - 23:47
A bottle of rare Japanese whisky sold at a world-record price on Friday, the third record shattered this year for a single malt from the country. (Nikkei)
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SoftBank mulls major investment in robot pizza startup Zume

August 13, 2018 - 23:13
SoftBank Group Corp. is in talks to invest from $500 million to $750 million in Zume Inc., a startup that makes and delivers fresh pizzas with the help of robots, according to people familiar with the conversations. (Japan Times)
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Don Quijote interested in buying Walmart's Seiyu

August 13, 2018 - 23:01
Japanese discount retailer Don Quijote Holdings Co Ltd said it would be interested in buying Seiyu if Walmart Inc puts the Japanese supermarket chain up for sale, as it expands its presence in the domestic market. (Japan Today)
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SoftBank's Son says WeWork is his 'next Alibaba'

August 10, 2018 - 23:30
Japan's SoftBank Group has agreed to invest an additional $1 billion in shared-office company WeWork, where SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son sees the potential for a repeat of his lucrative bet on Alibaba Group Holding. (Nikkei)
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National business capital releases innovative new financing product

August 9, 2018 - 11:31
Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate between companies that offer business finance. Many of these companies offer very similar packages and plans with slightly altered rates. (
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Japanese casino tycoon arrested in Hong Kong

August 6, 2018 - 22:34
Controversial Japanese casino tycoon Kazuo Okada has been arrested in Hong Kong over alleged and unspecified "corruption-related" offences, his former company in Tokyo said on Monday. (Japan Today)
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Imported bluefin tuna dominating Tsukiji market amid low domestic supplies

August 6, 2018 - 22:18
Imported bluefin tuna are flooding in Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market, amid sluggish domestic supplies, including of renowned tuna from Oma, Aomori Prefecture, due to tighter fishing controls. (Jiji)
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Sharp pulls plug on appliance production in Japan

August 2, 2018 - 23:12
Sharp will stop making household appliances in Japan, relocating production abroad as it turns toward markets such as China and Southeast Asia. (Nikkei)
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NTT Docomo to follow KDDI in reviewing smartphone contracts

August 2, 2018 - 22:52
Mobile carrier NTT Docomo Inc. said Thursday it plans to review its two-year smartphone contracts by next March, a day after rival KDDI Corp. pledged to change its contracts in response to government warnings. (Kyodo)
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Japan Inc. thrives in quarterly profit but wary about full year

August 1, 2018 - 22:28
One in four Japanese companies reported record-breaking profit for the quarter ended in June, marking a strong start to a fiscal year fraught with trade concerns. (Nikkei)
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NTT Docomo to invest in ride-hailing firm

July 31, 2018 - 22:01
Japanese telecom giant NTT Docomo will invest in a firm that operates a taxi-service app. (NHK)
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Japanese brands become a popular choice for international consumers

July 30, 2018 - 23:46
Worldwide consumerism fluctuates regularly, with new purchase trends emerging among enthusiast shoppers. Japan seems to come a contently increase choice for the regular shopper, bringing new amazing products to the table on the regular, and a boost in e-commerce has been noticed across the last year. (
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Yahoo Japan latest to enter crowded mobile payment field

July 27, 2018 - 22:15
Internet portal operator Yahoo Japan said Friday that it will start a mobile payment service this autumn, becoming the latest to join the cashless payment bandwagon. (Nikkei)
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July 25, 2018 - 09:23
自動運転車はさらに安全な運転を目指していますが、まだ完璧ではありません。Discoperiにより開発された「アイ」システムは全ての自動車で使用できるスマートデバイスです。このデバイスは道路状況を識別し、危険な場面を警告し、毎年30万の命を事故から守ることができます。 (Discoperi)
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Japan aims to make all new vehicles electrified in 2050

July 24, 2018 - 22:50
A Japanese industry ministry panel set Tuesday the goal of having all new vehicles to be sold in Japan in 2050 powered by electric motors. (Jiji)
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First Tokyo 2020 official goods shop opens

July 23, 2018 - 22:52
The first official shop selling goods for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games has opened in the Japanese capital. (NHK)
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Japan Inc. frets about a possible 'Bank of Amazon'

July 22, 2018 - 22:44
What if were to launch a bank? Consumers would likely welcome the move. Perhaps the big internet platform operator could entice its customers into letting it manage their money by offering points or discounts at its online store. (Nikkei)
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Foreign supermarkets struggle to make a profit in Japan

July 21, 2018 - 22:41
Some of the major foreign supermarket chains that entered Japan around 2000 offering low prices made possible through bulk purchases have exited the country. (Japan Times)
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Plight of 'Mizuho refugees' stirs debate on banking services in Japan

July 21, 2018 - 22:38
Imagine wrapping up a tough work week and jumping into a three-day weekend and find out the whole ATM system is down until the following Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Japan to gear up for casino introduction as early as mid-2020s

July 20, 2018 - 23:26
The government is set to begin in earnest preparations for the launch of Japan's first legal casino as early as the mid-2020s, after a casino introduction bill was enacted Friday. (Jiji)
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