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Changing tastes brew bitter times for Japan's beer makers

August 16, 2017 - 23:25
From beer gardens on the rooftops of department stores to fireworks extravaganzas to quiet, wood-paneled craft breweries, Japanese seem to quaff an awful lot of beer in the summer. (
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Kyokuyo readies fully farmed tuna for market

August 15, 2017 - 22:59
Japanese seafood distributor Kyokuyo will begin shipping fully farmed Pacific bluefin tuna to stores and restaurants in November, aiming to offer a sustainable alternative to a fish whose natural stock is threatened by rising consumption. (Nikkei)
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Supermarket chains vying for elderly shoppers

August 15, 2017 - 01:34
Japanese supermarket chains are trying to lure elderly shoppers, by offering mahjong parlors, health counseling, and other services specifically for these customers. (NHK)
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Toshiba averts delisting for now, but future still hangs in balance

August 11, 2017 - 11:44
While Toshiba appears to have averted the risk of immediate delisting from the Tokyo Stock Exchange by submitting its annual financial results with sign-off by an auditor ahead of the deadline, the Japanese conglomerate's prospects of maintaining its listing remain far from certain. (Japan Times)
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Calbee turns to paddy fields to meet potato chip shortage

August 10, 2017 - 06:18
Faced with having to stabilize the supply of potatoes for its chips, Japanese snack maker Calbee is increasing the amount of the crop it grows in rice fields. Paddy-field potatoes are mainly grown in Kyushu, Japan's southernmost main island, but Calbee also plans to start cultivating them in the northern regions of Hokkaido and Tohoku. (Nikkei)
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McDonald's Japan heads for 270% profit boost

August 9, 2017 - 23:56
McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) is enjoying a resurgence of earnings as a series of post-scandal rebuilding efforts led by President Sarah Casanova bear fruit. (Nikkei)
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Mazda announces breakthrough in long-coveted engine technology

August 8, 2017 - 23:28
Mazda Motor Corp said Tuesday it would become the world's first automaker to commercialise a much more efficient petrol engine using technology that deep-pocketed rivals have been trying to engineer for decades, a twist in an industry increasingly going electric. (Japan Today)
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Japan Display to slash over 3,000 jobs

August 8, 2017 - 23:22
Japan Display is considering tough downsizing measures to help save its struggling business, including slashing more than 3,000 jobs. (NHK)
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Japan's hotel room crunch might be a glut

August 5, 2017 - 23:19
Japan is fretting about running out of hotel rooms as foreign tourist numbers surge and as the capital prepares to host the 2020 Olympics. (Nikkei)
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Former exec of Tobu Railway subsidiary in embezzlement probe

August 4, 2017 - 23:27
Tokyo-based rail operator Tobu Railway has announced that the results of an internal investigation has revealed an alleged embezzlement of more than 100 million yen over a 24-year period by a former executive of a subsidiary, reports Fuji News Network (
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Sekisui House swindled in land deal

August 3, 2017 - 23:17
Homebuilder Sekisui House was swindled in a land deal valued at more than 6 billion yen earlier this year, the company revealed on Wednesday, reports TV Asahi (
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Toyota forming capital alliance with Mazda

August 3, 2017 - 23:06
Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor are closing in on a capital partnership deal to pave the way for possible establishment of a joint-venture U.S. auto plant and joint development of key electric vehicle technologies, The Nikkei learned Thursday. (Nikkei)
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Japan's classic hotels unite to increase overseas visibility

August 2, 2017 - 23:58
Nine major Japanese hotels established before World War II are kicking off a joint marketing blitz and enhancing services to lure more foreign tourists. (Nikkei)
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Poor common squid catches to continue

August 2, 2017 - 23:25
Poor catches of surume-ika, or Japanese common squid (see below), are likely to continue this year. The squid is used in popular home dishes such as sashimi and is also sold in a form that is dried overnight. (
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Court orders pro-North Korean body to repay debts

August 2, 2017 - 23:20
A Japanese court has ordered a pro-North Korean group to repay more than 800 million dollars in debts to a Japanese government-backed collection agency. (NHK)
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China's vacation rental platform expands

August 2, 2017 - 23:17
A short-term rental platform in China is keeping an eye on the growing number of Chinese travelers to Japan. The company, Tujia, has announced a tie-up with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten. (NHK)
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Toshiba demoted to TSE's 2nd Section

August 1, 2017 - 22:58
Toshiba Corp. shares were demoted to the Tokyo Stock Exchange's Second Section from the First Section on Tuesday amid the electronics and machinery maker's struggle to recover from financial troubles. (
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Virtual currency to split

August 1, 2017 - 22:44
A popular virtual currency, Bitcoin, is expected to be divided in two, creating a brand new "clone" currency. (NHK)
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Japan outlines regulations on casino-featuring resorts

July 31, 2017 - 22:51
The Japanese government released Monday an outline of regulations for so-called integrated resorts, or IRs, that feature casinos, including measures to prevent gambling addiction, with a view to submitting a related bill during an extraordinary session of parliament this autumn. (Jiji)
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Gyudon chains to be hit by tariff hike on U.S. beef

July 30, 2017 - 23:29
Restaurant chains serving gyudon beef-on-rice bowls are expected to be hit hard by a hike starting Tuesday in the country's tariffs on frozen beef from the United States and other countries. (
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