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Yahoo Japan defamed man by displaying false search results: Tokyo High Court

January 20, 2018 - 22:27
The Tokyo High Court has ruled that Yahoo Japan Co. defamed a man and has ordered that it delete 11 search results that associate his name with criminal behavior, sources have confirmed. (Japan Times)
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Tighter rules making Japanese wineries review product indications

January 20, 2018 - 22:16
Some Japanese wineries are moving to change their product indications containing geographical names ahead of the planned tightening of place-of-origin rules aimed at preventing consumers' misunderstanding amid the rising reputation of domestic wines. (Jiji)
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Recruit Holdings to team with Airbnb

January 17, 2018 - 22:25
Japan's Recruit Holdings says it will team up with Airbnb, the leading US tourist accommodation platform, to offer rental housing for travelers in Japan. (NHK)
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NTT Docomo to start QR code payment

January 17, 2018 - 22:22
Major Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo says its subscribers will be able to pay at stores using a QR code. (NHK)
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Deadly fugu fish mix-up prompts emergency warning

January 17, 2018 - 09:13
A Japanese city has activated an emergency warning system to alert residents to avoid eating locally purchased blowfish, after a mix-up saw toxic parts of the delicacy go on sale. (Japan Today)
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Osaka: Probe into game centers with rigged claw crane machines widens

January 15, 2018 - 21:25
With the investigation into the rigging of arcade games widening in scale, Osaka Prefectural Police have re-arrested the president of a management company over the alleged fraud of additional persons, reports NHK (Jan. 13). (
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Meiji to increase health-oriented chocolate output

January 15, 2018 - 21:07
Japanese confectionery maker Meiji will ramp up its production capacity of health-oriented chocolate. (NHK)
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Impact of gala dress kimono firm scandal growing

January 15, 2018 - 20:50
Police and consumer centers across Japan have received more than 1,500 inquiries from people affected by a scandal involving a gala dress kimono retail and rental firm. The total value of contracts drawn up between the firm and the consumers who have consulted with the centers has topped 270 million yen, or nearly 2.5 million dollars. (NHK)
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Beware the patter about purchasing property to rent out around Tokyo

January 14, 2018 - 22:11
It was said of the California Gold Rush of the mid-19th century that the ones who made the money were those who sold the shovels. Today’s shovel sellers in Tokyo are the service providers, agents and brokers eager to entice clients with tales of gold in the hills. (Japan Times)
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Toshiba pays off Westinghouse debts

January 13, 2018 - 20:34
Toshiba Corp. said Friday it has completed the payments of Westinghouse Electric Co.’s debts it guaranteed for the failed U.S. nuclear business subsidiary. (
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Ginza cabaret closes after 87 years

January 12, 2018 - 06:11
A venerable cabaret in the ritzy Ginza district of Chuo Ward closed its doors for the final time on Wednesday in what indeed is the end of an era. (
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Processor vehicle developed to promote wild game in Japan

January 11, 2018 - 22:03
Wild game, such as venison and wild boar meat, is becoming popular in Japan as it is seen as low in calories, high in protein and compatible with wine. (Jiji)
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Kimono rental shop that went bust had significant debt amid fierce industry competition: sources

January 11, 2018 - 12:12
Details emerged Wednesday about significant debts faced by a kimono rental firm that went bust just before Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies, leaving scores of women celebrating adulthood without their formal attire. (Japan Times)
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Japan to fine JIS violators up to 100 million yen

January 10, 2018 - 23:16
Japan's industry ministry decided Wednesday to increase the maximum penalty on companies that violate the law on Japanese Industrial Standards from one million yen to 100 million yen. (Jiji)
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Toyota to develop driverless EV

January 9, 2018 - 20:27
Toyota Motor says it is developing a self-driving electric vehicle to shuttle people between venues at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (NHK)
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Tokyo to subsidize installation of EV charging facilities at condominiums

January 8, 2018 - 20:18
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to start a subsidy program this year to accelerate the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles at condominiums in the capital, informed sources say. (Japan Times)
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Ex-Toyota head Tatsuro Toyoda, who led overseas drive, dies

January 8, 2018 - 00:55
Tatsuro Toyoda, the former Toyota Motor Corp president who led the company's climb to become one of the world's top automakers, has died. He was 88. (Japan Today)
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Bluefin tuna fetches Y36.5 million in first Tsukiji sale of 2018, and last year-opener at site

January 5, 2018 - 05:03
An 405 kg (892 pound) bluefin tuna has sold for ¥36.5 million ($320,000) in what may really be Tsukiji market's final year-opening auction at its current site in downtown Tokyo, media reports said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Kumamoto Prefecture decides to allow foreign firms to use its Kumamon bear brand

January 5, 2018 - 00:27
The Kumamoto Prefectural Government said Thursday it will allow foreign businesses to make and sell products featuring Kumamon, the official black bear mascot of the southwestern Japan prefecture. (Japan Times)
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Govt. aims to allow banks to close on weekdays

January 4, 2018 - 00:07
Japan's Financial Services Agency is planning to allow regional banks to close their branches on weekdays as part of its measures to support struggling banks. (NHK)
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