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Benesse falls into red on data leak

May 3, 2015 - 00:43
Benesse Holdings Inc. said that the total membership of its correspondence education services in April was down about 25 percent from a year earlier due to a continuing outflow of clients in the aftermath of a massive customer data leak scandal last summer. (The Japan News)
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Abe promotes shinkansen tech for California project

May 2, 2015 - 00:53
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promoted his country's Shinkansen bullet train technology for a high-speed railway project in California at a meeting Thursday with Jerry Brown, governor of the western U.S. state. (Jiji Press)
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Japan Post, Apple, IBM team up to improve elderly care in Japan

May 1, 2015 - 06:42
Japan Post, Apple and IBM have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in Japan. (Asahi)
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Japan's airlines diverge as ANA soars and JAL dips

April 30, 2015 - 23:51
Japanese carrier ANA said Thursday its annual net profit more than doubled on robust international business, but rival Japan Airlines saw its bottom line worsen as the weak yen undercut lower fuel prices. (Japan Today)
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Sony looks ahead to first profit in 3 years

April 30, 2015 - 23:46
Sony's earnings appear poised to take a turn for the better as the company emerges from a slow, costly overhaul of its consumer electronics business. (Nikkei)
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McDonald's Japan reviews guidelines on food safety

April 30, 2015 - 23:07
Executives at McDonald's Holdings Japan have come up with an action plan for making sure their food is safe. (NHK)
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Tesla to quintuple charging stations in Japan this year

April 29, 2015 - 23:48
Tesla Motors wants to increase free, rapid-charging stations for its electric vehicles in Japan to about 30 this year and eventually have hundreds scattered across the country. (Nikkei)
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Animators' harsh work conditions

April 28, 2015 - 23:11
Anime is one of Japan's prized industries - but behind the scenes, underpaid artists are working under harsh conditions. (NHK)
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Japan authorities not to return tax over Sapporo quasi-beer

April 28, 2015 - 23:05
Japanese tax authorities on Tuesday told Sapporo Breweries Ltd. that they will not return 11.5 billion yen of liquor tax paid by the firm over its Goku Zero popular beer-like product. (Jiji Press)
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Inpex wins stake in major UAE oil fields

April 27, 2015 - 23:12
Japan's Inpex Corp on Monday won a stake in the development of major oil fields in the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi, deepening the Asian nation's ties to the United Arab Emirates federation. (Japan Today)
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Lawson to take over Tokyo Metro stores

April 27, 2015 - 23:01
Major convenience store operator Lawson Inc. said Monday it will conclude a franchising contract with a Tokyo Metro Co. subsidiary to convert Metro's stores at subway stations to Lawson outlets, beginning around September. (The Japan News)
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FamilyMart offering banking services

April 27, 2015 - 12:05
Japan's convenience store chain FamilyMart is to launch several over-the-counter banking services. The new services will include re-issuing cash cards. (NHK)
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3 major breweries competing to buy JT beverage subsidiary / Firms see rare opportunity to cut gap with Coca-Cola

April 26, 2015 - 23:04
Japan Tobacco Inc., which previously announced its planned withdrawal from beverage production and sales, has also decided to sell its beverage vending machine business. (The Japan News)
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Doughnut battle intensifies at major convenience stores

April 26, 2015 - 23:01
Major convenience store chains are stepping up their fight for a bite of the doughnut market, following Seven-Eleven Japan Co.'s pioneering move to launch its ring-shaped confection in autumn. (The Japan News)
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Fast food chains crowd into Japanese market

April 26, 2015 - 01:06
Foreign fast food and casual dining companies are ready to take a bite out of Japan's food market, in spite of the country's hampering tax hikes and reports about the struggles of major players like McDonald's. (
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France defends Renault stake increase in letter to Ghosn

April 26, 2015 - 00:25
French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron has written to Renault boss Carlos Ghosn to defend the government's surprise stake increase in the carmaker and reject claims it endangers the Renault-Nissan alliance. (The Japan News)
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Low-key launch as Apple Watch finally goes on sale

April 24, 2015 - 05:11
The Apple Watch launched globally on Friday with a small queue of Japanese tech-addicts lining up in Tokyo for Apple Inc's first wearable gadget, but there was no sign of the excitement usually attached to the company's product rollouts. (Reuters)
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Japan lifts pilot age limit to 67 amid Asian shortage

April 24, 2015 - 00:27
Japan raised the age limit for piloting a commercial plane to 67 on Thursday, in the latest effort in Asia to come to grips with a drastic pilot shortage. (Japan Times)
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End of an era: Japanese companies to stop making 'Galapagos phones'

April 24, 2015 - 00:20
Japanese manufacturers from 2017 will end production of conventional mobile phones with custom operating systems, bringing an end to once-pioneering technology that led to the world's first Internet-able cellphones. (Nikkei)
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China to scrap duties on rare earth exports

April 24, 2015 - 00:07
China says it will scrap its duties on rare earth exports starting May 1st. (NHK)
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