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Japan regulator warns small banks they must change to survive

July 21, 2017 - 23:24
Japan's financial regulator has told the country's smaller banks they must find new ways to make profits if they are to survive, warning many face risks when interest rates eventually rise and that some are already in a precarious state. (Reuters)
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GungHo accused of misleading online game ad

July 19, 2017 - 23:40
Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency on Wednesday accused GungHo Online Entertainment Inc. of running unfair advertising on its mobile games, including the popular Puzzle & Dragons, in violation of the law against misleading representations. (Jiji)
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Stores may have colluded to raise shipping charges

July 19, 2017 - 23:38
Officials at the Japan Fair Trade Commission are investigating major department stores in Osaka. They suspect the firms colluded on increasing delivery fees. (NHK)
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Yahoo Japan launches game platform

July 19, 2017 - 07:06
IT firm Yahoo Japan has announced a new web-based platform that enables people to play games just by connecting to the internet. (NHK)
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13 Japanese bitcoin exchange operators to halt trading

July 19, 2017 - 00:58
Thirteen Japanese bitcoin exchange operators said Tuesday they will suspend deposits and withdrawals of the virtual currency from midnight July 31 (3 p.m. GMT) in order to prevent possible turmoil stemming from an expected separation of the trading system. (Japan Times)
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Taiwan to conditionally lift 16-year-old import ban on Japanese beef

July 17, 2017 - 23:29
Taiwan has decided in principle to lift a ban since 2001 on beef imported from Japan, action taken following the discovery there of cattle with mad cow disease, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement posted Monday on its website. (Japan Today)
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Toshiba eyes 'conditional' contract for chip unit

July 16, 2017 - 01:29
Japan's Toshiba is planning to expedite a deal for its flash memory unit by adding a clause to the sales contract. (NHK)
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Northern Kyushu faces growing trip cancellations after rain disaster

July 16, 2017 - 01:20
The northern Kyushu region of southwestern Japan, where people are struggling to restore lives following recent torrential rains, now faces another problem -- a growing number of trip cancellations to the area. (Japan Today)
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Catch quotas for Pacific saury rejected

July 16, 2017 - 00:58
Participants at an international fisheries conference have failed to adopt a Japanese proposal to set catch quotas for Pacific saury. (NHK)
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Japan may cripple its casinos

July 15, 2017 - 01:29
When Japan's parliament legalized casino gambling last year, it created a wave of excitement among casino operators and institutional investors. But sensitivities about gambling addiction have now focused the policy discussion on a concept known as responsible gaming. (
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Kyushu's bullet train dreams facing extensive delays

July 15, 2017 - 01:14
Clouds are forming over Japan's latest shinkansen route connecting an isolated area of high-speed track on the southern island of Kyushu due to come into service in fiscal 2022 with the greater bullet train network as performance issues with new technology create tough decisions on how to open the line. (Nikkei)
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Pokemon GO players in Japan spent an average of $26 on IAPs

July 12, 2017 - 22:36
Pokemon GO players in Japan have spent an average of $26 in-game per download since launch, according to Sensor Tower. (
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Japan to allow mixed-use buses, taxis to lighten shippers' load

July 12, 2017 - 22:35
Japan's buses and taxis will be freer to carry packages along with passengers starting in September as the government cuts regulations to battle an increasingly severe shortage of drivers at the nation's shippers. (Nikkei)
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Copyright watchdog JASRAC files lawsuits over use of background music in stores

July 12, 2017 - 13:26
Japan’s copyright management organization has filed lawsuits against owners of a barber shop and a restaurant over the use of background music at their stores, seeking damages and injunctions. (Japan Times)
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Dentsu barred for month from bidding on industry ministry contracts due to labor violations

July 12, 2017 - 13:25
The economy ministry has taken punitive action against major ad agency Dentsu Inc. for its violation of labor law standards, telling the firm it cannot participate in the bidding process for its new projects for a month. (Japan Times)
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Saury prices fall by half in 1st auction at Tokyo's Tsukiji

July 11, 2017 - 23:45
Prices of saury, a taste of Japanese autumn, ranged from 400 yen to 1,900 yen per fish, mostly less than half the prices of last year, in this year's first auction at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market on Monday. (Jiji)
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Tokyo starts 'Jisa Biz' staggered hours to ease morning rush

July 11, 2017 - 23:41
The Tokyo metropolitan government-backed "Jisa Biz" campaign to promote staggered work hours began on Tuesday, aimed at easing the morning rush on commuter trains in the most populated part of Japan. (Jiji)
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Japan's potato supply recovering

July 11, 2017 - 11:07
Japan's potato supply is rebounding -- with wholesale and retail prices falling -- thanks to solid shipments from secondary producing regions starting in the spring. (Nikkei)
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Bad news for Japan’s retailers as Chinese tourists cut back on buying

July 11, 2017 - 08:02
They’re still coming in droves — but no longer buying in spades. (Japan Times)
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Bic Camera to accept bitcoin nationwide

July 11, 2017 - 00:40
Bic Camera will allow payments in bitcoin at all locations throughout Japan as early as this month, looking to provide more options for foreign and domestic shoppers. (Nikkei)
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