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Itochu reveals embezzlement

April 17, 2014 - 22:58
Major Japanese trading firm Itochu says a former employee embezzled about 7 million dollars from the company. (NHK)
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Firms look to 4K TVs for salvation

April 17, 2014 - 00:09
Major electronic manufacturers are expanding their lineups of so-called 4K ultrahigh-resolution TVs, as the companies look to these new products to be a driving force to stimulate their sluggish TV businesses. (The Japan News)
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KDDI, SoftBank voice opposition to loosening NTT regulations

April 17, 2014 - 00:06
KDDI Corp. and SoftBank Corp. have reiterated their opposition to a possible easing of regulations on NTT Corp. (The Japan News)
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Australian expansion in store for Uniqlo

April 16, 2014 - 23:17
Japan's richest person, Tadashi Yanai, has laid out an aggressive expansion strategy for Australia, saying his Uniqlo fashion chain could open as many as 100 stores here, including 50 in the next three years alone. (The Australian)
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Court denies MtGox rehabilitation

April 16, 2014 - 23:14
A Japanese court has rejected a plan to rebuild the failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox under the civil rehabilitation law. (NHK)
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Methane hydrate surveys start in 5 areas in Japan

April 15, 2014 - 23:57
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Tuesday that it has started surveys to measure shallow methane hydrate deposits in five marine areas in Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Japan mulls free provision of maglev technology to U.S.

April 13, 2014 - 18:16
The government is considering providing Japan's technology for a magnetically levitated train system to the United States without license fees, a government source said Sunday. (Kyodo)
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Sony calls for unplugging laptops amid overheating

April 12, 2014 - 23:51
Sony Corp. said Friday that battery overheating has caused burns to three Vaio Fit 11A notebook personal computers. (The Japan News)
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Lights dim for Japan's pachinko parlours

April 12, 2014 - 00:13
It is the familiar background music of every Japanese shopping street: a cacophony of mechanical bleeps and rattles, disgorged along with a plume of cigarette smoke each time the doors of a pachinko parlour open to admit another punter. (
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Philip Morris, Lark brands to merge

April 12, 2014 - 00:01
Philip Morris Japan K.K. plans to integrate the Philip Morris cigarette brand into the Lark brand, informed sources have told Jiji Press. (The Japan News)
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Uniqlo opens outlet in Berlin

April 11, 2014 - 23:54
Japan's casual clothing giant Uniqlo has opened its first store in Germany as it makes further inroads into European markets. (NHK)
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Google left train station blueprints unprotected

April 11, 2014 - 23:32
Following Google Japan Inc. employees' online leak of sensitive data on international airports, internal information such as the floor plans of JR Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations was similarly found to have been made publicly accessible on the Internet due to overlooked privacy settings, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
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2 Miyazaki mangoes fetch nearly $3,000 at auction

April 10, 2014 - 22:50
A pair of fully ripe mangoes from Miyazaki, southwestern Japan, has fetched a record price of nearly 3,000 dollars at the year's first auction. (NHK)
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Six banks sue Olympus for damages

April 9, 2014 - 23:14
Six banks in Japan have filed a damages suit against Japanese optical equipment maker Olympus over losses stemming from the firm's accounting misconduct. (NHK)
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17 deaths in Japan following drug injections

April 9, 2014 - 22:50
Major drug manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals' unit in Japan has said that 17 people have died after being injected with a drug used to treat schizophrenia since it was launched in the country last November. (
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Toyota to recall 6.39 mil. vehicles globally

April 9, 2014 - 22:42
Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling a total of 6.39 million vehicles involving 27 model types globally due to a wide range of problems related to seats and electrical systems. (Kyodo)
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Solar power business becoming money spinner

April 8, 2014 - 22:54
Eighteen months after the introduction of a system that obliges power companies to buy electricity generated from renewable energy sources at fixed prices, Japan's solar power generation market has been showing aspects of "solar bubbles." (The Japan News)
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Amazon offering direct alcohol sales

April 8, 2014 - 22:51
Amazon Japan K.K. said Tuesday that it has started direct sales of more than 5,000 alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer, at its online shopping site. (The Japan News)
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No downturn seen after consumption tax hike

April 8, 2014 - 22:38
Consumption has not shown a sharp downturn so far since the country's consumption tax was raised to 8 percent from 5 percent on Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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'.tokyo' domain now available

April 7, 2014 - 23:06
The registration for ".tokyo" domain names started Monday. (The Japan News)
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