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Japan may buy more domestic rice to protect prices

October 7, 2015 - 05:23
The Japanese government will buy more rice for its national reserve as part of efforts to prevent domestic rice prices from falling as more of the cheaper, foreign-grown crop enters the market when the Trans-Pacific Partnership takes effect. (Nikkei)
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House of Mouse stumbles while Harry Potter soars

October 1, 2015 - 23:47
While Tokyo Disney Resort succumbed to bad weather, reducing customer traffic during the six months ended September, Universal Studios Japan, home to Harry Potter attractions, and eight others pulled in more patrons during the same period, according to a survey of 12 theme parks. (Nikkei)
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'Yo-Kai Watch' anime to go on air in N. America

October 1, 2015 - 23:28
"Yo-kai Watch," a megahit comedy anime series in Japan, will go on air in North America later this month, the developer of the content said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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No illegal software in Mazda vehicles, company says

September 30, 2015 - 23:43
Leading domestic diesel-engine carmaker Mazda Motor Corp. sought to reassure its customers Sept. 29 that it does not engage in emissions shenanigans like rival Volkswagen AG of Germany. (Asahi)
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Japan's first passenger jet test flight set for week of October 26

September 30, 2015 - 23:36
Japan's first homegrown passenger jet will make its debut flight in the week of Oct. 26 to 30, placing it on course for delivery to its first customer after repeated delays. (Japan Times)
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China chosen over Japan for Indonesian rail project

September 29, 2015 - 23:21
The Indonesian government has chosen China over Japan in a fiercely contested race to build a high-speed railway on the island of Java, officials said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Fresh fish center opens at Haneda Airport

September 29, 2015 - 10:12
A fish processing facility has opened at Tokyo's Haneda Airport to provide fresh seafood to restaurants. (NHK)
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Home-sharing services on the rise in Japan as owners cash in on tourist boom

September 28, 2015 - 22:51
For foreign tourists to Japan, staying at traditional ryokan inns is a popular way to enjoy their trips, but home-sharing services are growing as an alternative form of accommodation. (Japan Times)
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Comcast announces USJ acquisition

September 28, 2015 - 22:18
Comcast Corp. is making its biggest overseas investment, as the largest U.S. cable operator seeks international growth after being stymied in its bid to acquire its second-largest competitor Time Warner Cable Inc. (The Japan News)
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SoftBank warns against sex with its android Pepper

September 27, 2015 - 00:05
The company behind a chatty Japanese android named Pepper has felt the need to remind customers who purchase the robots not to engage in sex with them. (Japan Times)
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Technology courts travel industry at Tourism Expo Japan

September 27, 2015 - 00:01
Technology firms, sensing a windfall from the recent rapid growth of foreign visitors ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, are jumping on the sightseeing bandwagon and hustling to promote their products to the tourism industry. (Asahi)
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Suzuki to sell its remaining Volkswagen stock, profit 37 bil. yen

September 26, 2015 - 23:41
Suzuki Motor Corp. said Saturday it will sell its remaining shares in Volkswagen AG following the breakdown of a tie-up arrangement between the automakers, bringing in an extraordinary profit of about 36.7 billion yen ($304 million). (Kyodo)
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Amazon launches video services, new devices in Japan

September 24, 2015 - 23:47
U.S. online giant Amazon said Thursday it was launching its streaming video service in Japan along with its Fire TV devices. (Japan Today)
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Japan dismisses Sapporo's tax objection over Goku Zero

September 24, 2015 - 23:23
Tax authorities have dismissed an objection filed by Sapporo Breweries Ltd. calling for the return of ¥11.5 billion in liquor tax that the company paid on its Goku Zero beer-like beverage, it was learned Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Nissan CEO says it would be hard to hide effort to falsify emissions data

September 23, 2015 - 06:58
Nissan Motor Co CEO Carlos Ghosn said it would be difficult for an automaker to conceal internally an effort to falsify vehicle emissions data, such as has happened at Volkswagen AG. (Japan Today)
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Belgian theater drops Japan Olympic logo case

September 22, 2015 - 23:35
A theater in Belgium has dropped a plagiarism legal case over the design of a logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (
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4chan sold to founder of Japanese message board 2channel

September 22, 2015 - 07:50
The popular anonymous online forum 4chan on Monday announced that it has been bought by the founder of hit Japanese-language message board 2channel. (Japan Today)
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40 Ito-Yokado supermarkets to close doors over 5 years

September 18, 2015 - 23:09
Seven & i Holdings Co. is considering closing 40 Ito-Yokado Co. stores, or about 20 percent of the supermarket arm's total outlets, by the end of the business year through February 2020, Seven & i officials said Friday. (The Japan News)
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Mitsubishi Motors recalls 195,000 cars

September 17, 2015 - 23:03
Mitsubishi Motors is recalling about 195,000 passenger cars in Japan due to the risk of stalling. (NHK)
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US firm in talks to buy Universal Studios Japan

September 16, 2015 - 23:23
A US newspaper has reported that the owners of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka are in talks to sell their stake to a unit of Comcast, the largest US cable television operator. (NHK)
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