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Is Europe really turning Japanese when it comes to gaming?

18 hours 1 min ago
Back in 2016, it was confirmed that Japan had a real love, a national obsession perhaps, with the world of mobile gaming. (
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Pufferfish reach Y19,000 at 1st Shimonoseki auction

September 22, 2017 - 23:01
The first winning bids for this season’s Japanese pufferfish reached as much as ¥19,000 per kilogram at the Haedomari Market in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, early Friday. Buyers and auctioneers agreed on prices with hand signals inside black cloths around the auctioneers’ arms. (
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Dentsu chief admits illegal overtime at court hearing

September 22, 2017 - 22:55
Dentsu Inc. President Toshihiro Yamamoto admitted illegal overtime at the top Japanese ad agency, during the first court hearing Friday on the scandal that came to light following the high-profile overwork-induced suicide of a young female employee. (Jiji)
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Upcoming Tokyo Motor Show boasts cutting-edge technologies in an effort to drum up attendance

September 22, 2017 - 07:44
Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association Chairman Hiroto Saikawa has called on the public to visit the Tokyo Motor Show, scheduled to be held from late October, to see the world’s latest technologies. (Japan Times)
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iPhone 8 makes its major market debut -- in Japan

September 22, 2017 - 07:39
Japan's three major mobile carriers on Friday began selling the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus -- minus the usual enthusiasm of previous iPhone launches. (Nikkei)
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Toshiba to sell chip unit to Japan-U.S.-South Korea group

September 20, 2017 - 06:53
Toshiba Corp has decided to sell its chip unit to a Japan-U.S.-South Korean consortium for around 2.4 trillion yen ($21 billion) following months of talks involving other bidders, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Toys 'R' Us Japan operating as usual

September 19, 2017 - 23:08
A spokesperson for Toys"R"Us Japan says the company is operating as usual. (NHK)
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North Korean missile launches may cost Japanese broadcasters 'billions of yen'

September 17, 2017 - 22:49
The missiles may not be physically crashing into Japan, but their effect is hitting television stations square in the wallet. (
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Mazda to launch new CX-8 SUV in Dec.

September 14, 2017 - 22:49
Mazda Motor Corp. said Thursday it will launch a high-end large sport-utility vehicle in Japan on Dec. 14. (
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Shiseido recalls 400,000 eyeliner sticks

September 14, 2017 - 09:10
Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido is recalling about 400,000 eyeliner sticks. Officials at the firm say plastic splinters have been found in some items. (NHK)
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Kyoto plans minimum Y200 per night lodging tax

September 13, 2017 - 22:53
The city of Kyoto will propose collecting a minimum 200 yen per night tax on guests staying at hotels or other lodgings in the popular tourist area, municipal officials said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Toshiba switches preferred bidder

September 13, 2017 - 22:46
Toshiba has decided to re-engage US private-equity firm Bain Capital as the preferred bidder in the sale of its chip unit. (NHK)
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Japan to allow full online procedures to open bank accounts

September 12, 2017 - 23:11
Japan's Financial Services Agency and National Police Agency plan to start discussions shortly to make it possible to complete online procedures needed for opening bank accounts, aiming to improve convenience for users, according to informed sources. (Jiji)
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Google to start selling smart speakers in Japan

September 11, 2017 - 22:28
NHK has learned that the US tech giant Google will start selling its smart speakers on the Japanese market starting in early October. (NHK)
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Japan aims to raise Y1.4 tril in Japan Post share sale

September 11, 2017 - 22:14
Japanese said Monday it would sell off another chunk of the country's massive postal service in a share sale that could raise up to 1.4 trillion yen. (Japan Today)
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Katy Perry appears in Japanese commercial for Laundrin'

September 10, 2017 - 22:16
American songstress Katy Perry is known around the world for her hit songs, extravagant costumes, and her bad blood with fellow singer Taylor Swift. Here in Japan, though, the 32-year-old performer is becoming known for her love of local reed diffusers and fabric softeners, thanks to a new commercial being broadcast to television screens around the nation from 8 September. (Japan Today)
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Mitsuoka unveils sleeping/funeral car

September 10, 2017 - 22:14
Mitsuoka Motor Co Ltd has unveiled its Fusion sleeping/funeral car based on minivans. (Japan Today)
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JTA drafts rules for setting minpaku business holidays

September 9, 2017 - 23:16
The Japan Tourism Agency is considering asking municipalities to designate periods during which minpaku (private lodging services) must be shut in their regions. (Japan Times)
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Japan govt mulling extra punishment for Shoko Chukin

September 9, 2017 - 00:15
The Japanese government is considering meting out additional punishment to Shoko Chukin Bank as the scale of its fraudulent lending is now believed to be larger than earlier thought, officials said Friday. (Jiji)
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McDonald's Japan recruiting stay-at-home wives

September 6, 2017 - 22:00
McDonald's Japan is turning to stay-at-home wives as the restaurant industry struggles with a severe labor crunch. (NHK)
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