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Ghosn tapped as Mitsubishi Motors chairman

October 19, 2016 - 18:38
Nissan Motor is expected to appoint its President and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, as chairman of Mitsubishi Motors. Mitsubishi has been dealing with a scandal over falsified fuel data. (NHK)
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Suicide of overworked woman, 24, prompts ad giant Dentsu to trim overtime hours

October 19, 2016 - 05:17
The suicide of a woman who worked excessive hours at Japan's biggest advertising agency has prompted the company to lower the amount of overtime employees can book. (Japan Times)
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Wedding costs in Japan reach record high for second straight year

October 18, 2016 - 22:14
The average cost of wedding ceremonies and receptions hit a record high in fiscal 2015 for the second straight year, according to Recruit Marketing Partners Co. (Japan Times)
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MHI to quit building large passenger ships

October 18, 2016 - 22:02
Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries says it will stop building large passenger vessels as part of a broad restructuring of its troubled shipbuilding business. (NHK)
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Gov't set to raise Y416 bil from IPO of JR Kyushu

October 17, 2016 - 23:15
The Japanese government expects to raise 416 billion yen ($4 billion) from the initial public offering of 160 million shares of Kyushu Railway Co, or JR Kyushu, the latest in the privatization of this nation's prized train operations. (Japan Today)
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Toho stomping its way to monster profit with new Godzilla flick

October 17, 2016 - 23:12
Toho now sees net profit rising 28% on the year to 33 billion yen ($317 million) for the year ending February 2017, aided by the smash success of a new Godzilla movie and a sleeper animated hit. (Nikkei)
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Cable may have caused massive blackout

October 16, 2016 - 17:57
Police and firefighters say a cable at a power transmission facility may have caused a fire that led to a massive blackout in Tokyo on Wednesday. (NHK)
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Gov't seeks to integrate Japan's regional airlines

October 15, 2016 - 08:05
The government has requested Japan's two largest airlines to help smaller regional carriers integrate operations to cut costs amid weakening demand as the nation's population declines, sources close to the matter said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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Merger between Idemitsu, Showa delayed

October 13, 2016 - 22:55
The planned merger between Japan's major oil wholesaler, Idemitsu Kosan, and Showa Shell Sekiyu has been put on hold. (NHK)
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Uniqlo owner slashes 2020 goal

October 13, 2016 - 22:50
Fast Retailing, operator of the Uniqlo clothing chain, has given up a long-held goal to hit nearly 50 billion dollars in sales by 2020. (NHK)
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Toyota, Suzuki to study forming eco, safety, info tech partnership

October 12, 2016 - 21:44
Toyota Motor Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. said Wednesday that they will study forming a business partnership in fields including environmental, safety and information technologies. (
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Japan's bars looking to tap price-conscious drinkers

October 11, 2016 - 23:00
Major Japanese pub chains are rolling out simple, low-cost venues as drinkers increasingly shy away from traditional establishments with higher-priced menus. (Nikkei)
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Japan set to drop sales tax on buying virtual currency

October 11, 2016 - 22:57
Japan looks to end sales-tax collection on purchases of virtual currencies in the spring, a move likely to propel the growth of bitcoin and others as alternatives to traditional money. (Nikkei)
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Firms admit secret deals on imported rice

October 7, 2016 - 23:17
Officials at Japan's farm ministry have confirmed that some rice importers and wholesalers are engaged in shady financial deals. (NHK)
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Death of female Dentsu employee acknowledged as being related to work

October 7, 2016 - 23:12
The suicide of a female employee of major Japanese advertising agency Dentsu Inc. in December has been recognized as related to work, it was learned Friday. (Japan Times)
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Seven i, H2O agree on capital, business alliance

October 6, 2016 - 09:20
Seven & i Holdings Co. and H2O Retailing Corp. said Thursday they have agreed on a capital and business tie-up, with Seven & i selling some of its department stores to the operator of Hankyu and Hanshin department stores. (Kyodo)
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Sompo mulls overseas reshuffle after Endurance deal

October 5, 2016 - 22:32
Sompo Holdings is considering using the acquisition of Endurance Specialty Insurance to create a holding company for managing its operations outside Japan, a pioneering setup aimed at giving the group a better angle into risky growth fields. (Nikkei)
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Honda, Yamaha ride together into sunset of Japan's scooter market

October 5, 2016 - 22:23
Japan's shrinking motorcycle market has pushed onetime enemies Honda Motor and Yamaha Motor into an alliance aimed at freeing up resources for use in more promising regions. (Nikkei)
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SoftBank recognizes same-sex partners among its staff as spouses

October 4, 2016 - 22:52
SoftBank Group Corp. is recognizing the same-sex partners of its employees as spouses, making them eligible for the company's welfare programs for married couples. (Japan Times)
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Publisher protests Amazon removal

October 4, 2016 - 06:40
A major Japanese publisher is protesting an action by Amazon Japan. Kodansha officials say the online retailer has removed their titles from its all-you-can-read service. (NHK)
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