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Tokyo Disney operator logs higher profit, unhampered by pricier tickets

July 28, 2016 - 22:50
Oriental Land on Thursday reported a net profit of 16.2 billion yen ($155 million) for the April-June quarter, a 5% increase from a year earlier, as visitors flocked to its Tokyo Disney theme parks even as ticket prices kept climbing. (Nikkei)
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Toyota No. 2 in global sales

July 28, 2016 - 22:13
Toyota Motor Corp. lagged behind Volkswagen AG by global deliveries in the first half of the year, as demand for the newly redesigned Prius hybrid slumped in a U.S. market dominated by trucks and sport utility vehicles. (
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Pokemon Go Plus wearable accessory delayed until September

July 28, 2016 - 00:12
Nintendo affiliate Pokemon Co. has announced that the Pokemon Go Plus wearable game accessory will not hit the market until September. (Nikkei)
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Japanese spa operator floating first hot-spring REIT

July 27, 2016 - 23:42
Oedo-Onsen Holdings, a leading operator of Japanese hot-spring hotels, is about to make a splash by offering the world's first real estate investment trust specializing in those resorts. (Nikkei)
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Softbank CEO meets British Prime Minister May

July 26, 2016 - 22:34
The head of Japanese telecom operator Softbank Group says he has briefed British Prime Minister Theresa May on the process of his firm's acquisition of UK-based chip developer ARM Holdings. (NHK)
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Japanese firms back LGBT awareness-raising activities

July 24, 2016 - 23:50
Japanese companies are increasingly showing support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender customers and employees amid growing recognition of LGBT rights across the country. (Japan Today)
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Why the Pokemon-McDonald's deal in Japan could be big

July 22, 2016 - 22:19
The Japan launch of Pokemon Go on Friday included the game's first partnership with an outside company: fast-food giant McDonald's. (Japan Today)
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'Pokemon Go' debuts in Japan

July 22, 2016 - 22:09
Smartphone game "Pokemon Go" made its debut in Japan on Friday morning. The app - which was distributed in Western markets prior to its release in Japan and surged in popularity - is also likely to be a big hit in the country that gave life to Pokemon. (
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Regional areas key to tourist spending

July 21, 2016 - 22:56
The number of foreign tourists is expected to top 20 million in 2016, but their spending per person is declining. Chinese tourists' "bakugai" shopping sprees for expensive goods have been slowing down, but extended stays in areas other than Tokyo and experiential tours are gaining attention. (
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Public condos misused as minpaku facilities

July 21, 2016 - 22:49
At least 80 rental condominiums operated by the Urban Renaissance Agency (UR) were misused by tenants as minpaku rental facilities, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (
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Yamato, DeNA team to test self-driving parcel delivery

July 20, 2016 - 23:33
Yamato Transport and DeNA are joining forces to conduct field trials of a door-to-door parcel delivery service using self-driving vehicles. (Nikkei)
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Japanese department stores struggling on decline of 'explosive' buying

July 20, 2016 - 23:20
Japanese department stores are looking to stimulate demand from foreign travelers ahead of the summer holiday season, amid a decline in so-called "bakugai" explosive buying, mainly by visitors from China. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese companies dive into foreign acquisitions

July 20, 2016 - 23:13
With a shrinking domestic market due to the low birthrate and aging population, Japanese companies have increasingly looked overseas for mergers and acquisitions in recent years. The deal announced by SoftBank Group Corp. on Monday is a prime example. (
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Japanese gamers upset as hopes of Wednesday Pokemon GO launch dashed

July 20, 2016 - 10:31
Gamers in Japan, home of Nintendo Co's (7974.T) Pokemon, waited in vain on Wednesday for the launch of its smash-hit mobile game amid reports that the developers behind it had hit the brakes, concerned that overwhelming demand would overload server capacity. (Reuters)
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'Pokemon Go' Japan to tie-up with McDonald's, launch imminent

July 20, 2016 - 05:21
The much-awaited Japanese launch of "Pokemon Go," a smartphone game that has touched off a craze after its rollout in the U.S. and elsewhere, may be imminent under a tie-up deal with McDonald's Co.(Japan), sources said. (Nikkei)
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Son proposed $32 bil. ARM deal in restaurant in Turkey

July 19, 2016 - 22:11
As the world reeled from the shock Brexit vote, the founder of SoftBank was sitting in a Turkish restaurant by the sea trying to persuade the bosses of ARM to let him buy Britain's most successful technology company. (
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Japan Tobacco brings cheap cigarettes to the U.S.

July 18, 2016 - 23:12
Japan Tobacco Inc. is quietly invading U.S. tobacco country with a new low-price cigarette brand. (
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Server capacity delayed Japanese 'Pokémon Go' launch

July 18, 2016 - 23:08
Pokémon Go may be a smash hit in the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand and about 20 other countries -- but did you know that nobody is playing the game in the Japan? (
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SoftBank to buy UK chip designer ARM for over $30bn

July 18, 2016 - 04:57
Japan's SoftBank Group has agreed to acquire the U.K.'s ARM Holdings for more than $30 billion, the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. (Nikkei)
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Developer of Nintendo's Pokemon GO aiming for rollout to 200 markets soon

July 17, 2016 - 22:19
The head of the developer behind Nintendo Co Ltd's Pokemon GO says he wants to launch the smash-hit mobile game in roughly 200 countries and regions "relatively soon" and was working on bolstering server capacity to enable the wider rollout. (Japan Today)
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