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67.9-B.-yen beer coupons left unused in Japan

December 21, 2014 - 00:34
Beer coupons worth a total of 67.9 billion yen have yet to be used by Japanese households, a liquor industry survey revealed Saturday. (Jiji Press)
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Idemitsu considering acquisition of Showa Shell

December 21, 2014 - 00:12
Japan's second largest oil distributor Idemitsu Kosan is considering acquiring the 5th-ranked Showa Shell Sekiyu through a tender offer. (NHK)
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Foreign visitors a boon to Japanese retailers

December 19, 2014 - 22:53
Japanese businesses that ordinarily rely on domestic demand are breathing a sigh of relief as foreign tourists flock to duty-free shops and fast-food restaurants. (Nikkei)
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Safety improvement order issued to Airdo airline

December 19, 2014 - 22:29
Japan's transport ministry has ordered Hokkaido-based air carrier Airdo to correct its lax safety management. (NHK)
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Kanto's first hydrogen filling station opens in Tokyo

December 18, 2014 - 23:32
The first filling station in the Kanto area for fuel cell cars that run on compressed hydrogen gas opened in Tokyo's Nerima Ward on Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Japan to launch 24-hour money transfer system in 2018

December 18, 2014 - 22:53
The Japanese Bankers Association said Thursday the banking industry will launch a settlement system to allow instant fund transfers between banks 24 hours a day all year round in Japan from 2018. (Jiji Press)
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TEPCO will not raise power rate in 2015

December 18, 2014 - 08:24
Tokyo Electric Power Company says it will keep electricity rates unchanged for the next year as it found it can cut costs further. (NHK)
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Commercial reminds Japan's tired commuters about the drawbacks of living far away from work

December 18, 2014 - 03:35
Mouth agape, eyes rolled back, head bobbing - when home is an hour or more away and work continues late into the night, the only place for many Japanese office workers to lay their weary head is against a train car window. (rocketnews24.com)
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Sony cancels 'The Interview' Dec. 25 release

December 18, 2014 - 00:11
Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film from its screens. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo's new fish market to open in 2016

December 18, 2014 - 00:04
The Tokyo metropolitan government decided Wednesday to relocate the Tsukiji market, Japan's largest fish market, in Chuo Ward to the Toyosu district of Koto Ward in early November 2016. (Jiji Press)
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JR Tokai starts construction of maglev train stations

December 18, 2014 - 00:01
Central Japan Railway Co., known as JR Tokai, said Wednesday it has started to build underground stations at two terminals for a magnetically levitated train line linking Tokyo and Nagoya, with the aim of starting service in 2027. (Kyodo)
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Reduced cigarette rate to be abolished

December 17, 2014 - 23:59
The government and ruling bloc plan to abolish a reduced tobacco tax rate applied to some brands gradually over several years from fiscal 2015, it has been learned. (The Japan News)
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Over 20,000 bras recalled due to injury fears

December 17, 2014 - 22:49
A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwires suddenly poked out, sometimes while women were wearing them. (Japan Today)
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McDonald's Japan rations french fries due to strikes on U.S. West Coast

December 16, 2014 - 22:12
McDonald's in Japan said Tuesday it is having to ration french fries, despite having airlifted in more than 1,000 tons of potatoes, as eateries grapple with a crippling chip shortage. (Japan Today)
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Oma plant operator applies for govt. screening

December 16, 2014 - 21:59
A Japanese power company has applied for government screening for a nuclear power plant being constructed in the north of the country. (NHK)
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Suntory to raise prices of whiskey 16.7%-25%

December 16, 2014 - 21:51
Suntory Liquors Ltd. said Monday it will raise prices beginning in April for three of its high-quality whiskeys - Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki - as well as some imported brands. (The Japan News)
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Why McDonald's is only selling small servings of fries in Japan

December 15, 2014 - 23:59
Potato shortages are putting McDonald's customers in Japan on an unsolicited diet. (Entrepreneur)
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Japan eyes big corporate tax cut for fiscal 2015

December 15, 2014 - 22:42
A Japanese government fresh off the ruling coalition's election victory seeks to lower the effective corporate tax rate by 2.5 percentage points next fiscal year, a much larger cut than initially anticipated. (Nikkei)
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Japan short-term home rental market shows promise but rewards slow to come

December 15, 2014 - 22:38
Japan seems to have the right mix for developing a vibrant short-term home rental market: a rapidly growing tourism industry, a cheap currency and - unlike many countries - 8 million vacant homes. (Reuters)
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Rola is TV commercial queen for 2014

December 14, 2014 - 22:49
Model and TV personality Rola, 24, is this year's TV commercial queen, having appeared in ads for 14 companies, broadcast monitoring company Nihon Monitor said on its website Friday. (Japan Today)
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