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Japan wants to build Boeing's next-gen commercial plane

February 13, 2016 - 00:09
When it comes to commercial airplane sales, Airbus has been eating Boeing's BA lunch lately. But according to a report Friday in the Nikkei Asian Review, a trio of Japanese conglomerates wants to ride to the rescue, with a revenue and risk sharing plan to help the Seattle-based company build the successor to Boeing's 737 Max series, set to debut in 2017. (
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Mazda launches CX-9 production in Japan

February 13, 2016 - 00:07
Mazda Motor Corp. has started production of the redesigned CX-9 three-row crossover, a vehicle that plays an important roll in the brand's strategy to expand sales. (
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Lotte chairman faces renewed challenge from disgruntled brother

February 13, 2016 - 00:00
Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin faced another leadership challenge from his older brother, who escalated the power struggle atop the Korean-Japanese retail conglomerate by launching a campaign to oust a key unit's board. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo's Ota Ward approves first short-term, Airbnb-style home rentals

February 12, 2016 - 09:29
Tokyo's Ota Ward on Friday gave permission to a real estate company to start renting out private homes on the popular Airbnb model. (Japan Times)
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Camper van users soaring as retired boomers travel the nation

February 12, 2016 - 00:09
Camper vans people can sleep in are becoming more popular in Japan, with industry organizations saying ownership of camper vans has doubled in the last 10 years. Another boom has arrived that has not been seen since the days of the bubble economy, with sales also increasing. (
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SoftBank's profit drops over Sprint

February 11, 2016 - 05:46
Japanese telecommunications and Internet company SoftBank is reporting an 88% drop in fiscal third quarter profit as it struggles to turn around its U.S. carrier Sprint. (Japan Today)
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'Japan's Tesla' on track for IPO

February 11, 2016 - 05:42
A tiny Kyoto start-up, which began with twice as many interns as staff and still relies on borrowed factory space, is on course to become the first Japanese carmaker to go public for almost 30 years. (
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Former world's richest man Tsutsumi settles suit with Seibu

February 10, 2016 - 22:01
Hotel and train operator Seibu Holdings Inc. settled legal claims by its units against ex-chairman Yoshiaki Tsutsumi and four former managers over damages related to the falsification of shareholder records that led to the company's delisting a decade ago. (Japan Times)
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Asahi Breweries to buy 4 European beer firms

February 10, 2016 - 21:52
One of Japan's biggest breweries, Asahi Group Holdings, has announced that it had acquired the right to buy four European beer brands as a means of seeking growth overseas. (NHK)
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Toyota eyes hydrogen for factories as well as cars

February 9, 2016 - 21:49
Toyota Motor will begin tests of hydrogen as a power source at production facilities as early as this year, aiming to tame rising carbon dioxide emissions by expanding on its experience as the developer of the first fuel cell car on the market. (Nikkei)
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McDonald's Japan aims for return to profit

February 9, 2016 - 21:20
McDonald's Corp.'s Japan business forecast that it will return to full-year profitability for the first time in three years, as the company deploys new measures in an attempt to win back customers after being hit by a series of food crises. (
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Subaru's beloved canine family is back in a new and entertaining series of commercials

February 8, 2016 - 22:02
Whoever said that "cats rule and dogs drool?" Subaru brings back the Barkleys with five new amusing car commercials! (
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Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Pocky is made in this short clip of the Glico factory

February 8, 2016 - 05:04
Take an inside peek into the production process of Pocky, the beloved Japanese snack which has found its way into supermarkets around the world. (
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Over 300 files likely stolen from JR Hokkaido PCs

February 8, 2016 - 05:02
Officials at a railway in northern Japan say more than 300 files may have been stolen from the company's computers. (NHK)
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Toyota halts output at all Japanese factories due to steel shortage

February 8, 2016 - 04:55
Toyota Motor Corp. suspended on Monday all production at its factories in Japan due to a steel shortage following an explosion in January at a steel plant in central Japan. (Kyodo)
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Chile overtakes France as No. 1 wine exporter to Japan in 2015

February 6, 2016 - 21:02
Chilean wines became number one in terms of annual import volume in 2015, surpassing French wines, according to Finance Ministry statistics. The annual import volume covers red, white and rose wines. (
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Why are CDs still a thing in Japan?

February 4, 2016 - 21:59
If you've seen the Tower Records documentary All Things Must Pass, you'll know that the film ends with the chain's founder visiting Japan where Tower Records is still a thriving business. Actually, it's not just Tower. The Japanese are still mad for their CDs. But why? (
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What is Foxconn's strategy in buying Sharp?

February 4, 2016 - 19:02
When Japanese electronics giant Sharp Corp. said on Thursday that it would devote more resources to audit a $5.95 billion acquisition offer from Hon Hai Precision Industry than it would a state-backed rescue plan, the announcement appeared to be a surprise victory for Terry Gou, the founder and chairman of the Taiwanese iPhone assembler. (Nikkei)
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Sharp gives preferential negotiation rights to Hon Hai

February 4, 2016 - 10:24
Sharp Corp. and Hon Hai Precison Industry Co. on Friday signed a contract granting the Taiwan electronics giant preferential rights to negotiate over a bailout plan for the struggling Japanese company. (
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Toyota discontinues Scion after years of slumping sales

February 4, 2016 - 04:24
Toyota is killing its Scion brand after years of slumping sales. Beginning in August, 2017 model-year Scion vehicles will be rebadged as Toyotas. (Japan Today)
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