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TEPCO loan to rise to Y14 trillion

December 8, 2016 - 21:21
Japan will increase an interest-free loan to the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., by more than a third to ¥14 trillion, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. (
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Mercedes-Benz now selling ramen in Japan

December 8, 2016 - 00:18
Ramen has come a long way in terms of earning respect in the international culinary world, but even in Japan, it's still largely considered cheap, fortifying comfort food. It's a quick meal to fill your belly and warm your body, and not exactly the Mercedes-Benz of the Japanese dining scene. (Japan Today)
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Chinese cars challenge Japan's lead in Southeast Asia

December 6, 2016 - 23:43
Chinese car companies are building big factories in Southeast Asia, weaponizing low prices in an attempt to encroach on Japanese rivals' 70%-plus share in the region. (Nikkei)
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Trump: Softbank pledges $50 bil. investment in US

December 6, 2016 - 23:12
US President-elect Donald Trump says Japanese telecom giant Softbank Group has agreed to invest 50 billion dollars and create 50,000 jobs in the United States over the next 4 years. (NHK)
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Japanese banks to lend to Gazprom

December 6, 2016 - 23:10
A group of lenders including major Japanese banks are preparing a joint loan for Russia's government-backed energy giant Gazprom. (NHK)
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Ex-Mitsubishi exec Ueda named NHK president

December 6, 2016 - 23:06
Japan Broadcasting Corp.'s Board of Governors decided Tuesday to appoint Ryoichi Ueda, former senior executive vice president of major trading house Mitsubishi Corp. <8058>, as the next president of the public broadcaster, better known as NHK. (Jiji)
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Sony time travel game bumps off 'Pokemon Go' in Japan

December 5, 2016 - 21:53
Nintendo Co. might have scored a hit with the explosive debut of "Pokemon Go" this year. On its home turf, however, Sony Corp. has quietly dispatched its rival with a popular mobile game called "Fate/Grand Order." (Japan Times)
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Japan to stop exploitation of tax breaks for small firms

December 4, 2016 - 22:35
Japan has solidified plans to make small and midsize enterprises with high incomes ineligible for tax incentives designed to help smaller companies, looking to prevent big businesses from artificially limiting their capital to gain unfair tax advantages. (Nikkei)
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Abandoned buildings still house problems

December 3, 2016 - 21:59
Japan's vacant house problem will become worse before it becomes better. According to government estimates there are 8 million residences in Japan with no one living in them, a number that Bloomberg reports will increase to 20 million by 2033, representing a third of all the homes in Japan. (Japan Times)
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Domino's ditches plan to have reindeer deliver pizzas in Hokkaido

December 2, 2016 - 04:37
Domino's has dropped plans to use reindeer to deliver pizza in snowy Hokkaido this holiday season because the franchise found it difficult to control the animals. (Japan Times)
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Investment for space tourism

December 1, 2016 - 22:25
Japanese airline ANA Holdings and travel agency HIS will invest in a venture firm aiming to send travelers into space. (NHK)
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Nikkei employee arrested over hacking of celebrities' e-mail accounts

November 30, 2016 - 22:05
A 29-year-old employee of the Nikkei newspaper was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of hacking into the email account of model Moe Oshikiri, as well as the accounts of Miyuki Watanabe, a former member of the popular all-girl pop group NMB48, and other celebrities. (Japan Today)
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Sun setting on Japan's solar energy boom

November 30, 2016 - 21:57
The sun is setting on Japan's clean-energy boom, despite projects like a massive floating solar farm near Tokyo, as the government cuts subsidies and bets on nuclear and coal-fired power, critics say. (Japan Times)
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Japanese wagyu nearing record price

November 30, 2016 - 10:53
The wholesale price of premium Japanese wagyu beef is nearing the record level of last December, based on comparable data that goes back to 1990. (Nikkei)
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Japan to Introduce New Laundry Tag Symbols in Dec.

November 28, 2016 - 22:13
Japan is scheduled to introduce at the start of December a set of new laundry tag symbols for clothes and other textile products, in line with international standards. (Jiji)
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Old habits hold back Japan earthquake insurance

November 28, 2016 - 10:55
Despite being one of the most seismically active countries on the planet, Japan has an earthquake insurance penetration that remains astoundingly low. (Nikkei)
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White beats red in FY 2015 'Japanese wine' production

November 26, 2016 - 23:31
Wineries in Japan produced more white wine than red wine in fiscal 2015 in terms of products using only domestically grown grapes, a National Tax Agency survey has shown. (Jiji)
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'Black Friday' begins in Japan with participation of major retailers

November 25, 2016 - 23:08
Sales to replicate the "Black Friday" shopping frenzy in the United States kicked off in Japan on Friday, with some major Japanese retailers taking part for the first time. (Jiji)
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Asahi to produce beer in Europe

November 25, 2016 - 23:00
Asahi Group Holdings is set to become Japan's first beer maker to produce a flagship product in Europe. (NHK)
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Japan plans new law to make it harder for foreigners to buy land near sensitive sites

November 24, 2016 - 23:35
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party is drawing up plans for new legislation that will make it harder for foreign companies or individuals to purchase land close to sensitive military facilities. (
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