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DOCOMO unveils 16 new mobile devices for Winter/Spring lineup

September 30, 2014 - 23:04
NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, today unveiled its 2014 winter/2015 spring lineup of mobile devices - seven smartphones, two tablets, two feature phones, one Raku-Raku ("easy-easy") phone, two mobile Wi-Fi routers, and one each feature phone and wristwatch-type wearable device for kids and juniors - which will launch in Japan on or after October 4. (jcnnewswire)
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US FTC fines Wacoal over 'slimming' underwear

September 30, 2014 - 22:50
US trade regulators have rejected Japanese undergarment maker Wacoal's assertion that its apparel can help women lose weight just by being worn. (NHK)
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Toyota recalls 790,000 pickups in North America

September 30, 2014 - 22:48
Toyota is recalling nearly 800,000 pickup trucks sold mainly in North America due to a defect that could damage their fuel tanks and cause fires. (NHK)
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Sukiya to end late-night operations at 1,167 outlets

September 30, 2014 - 22:42
The Sukiya restaurant chain, which is affiliated with Zensho Holdings Co., said Tuesday it would temporarily suspend late-night operations at 1,167 outlets. (The Japan News)
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NTT Docomo to launch smart fitness service in Dec.

September 30, 2014 - 22:26
NTT Docomo Inc. said Tuesday that it will launch a workout data management service in December that is compatible with smartphones and smart sportswear. (Jiji Press)
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Japan Airlines reports hacker attack

September 30, 2014 - 08:19
Japan Airlines Co. said it has become the latest target of hackers, with the information of up to 750,000 customers possibly stolen. (Wall Street Journal)
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Lawson to buy supermarket chain Seijo Ishii for $500 mln

September 30, 2014 - 08:02
Japanese convenience store operator Lawson Inc said on Tuesday that it would buy upscale supermarket chain Seijo Ishii Co for about 55 billion yen ($503 million), including debt, from investment fund Marunouchi Capital. (Reuters)
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Nissin Foods to lift noodle prices for first time in 7 years

September 29, 2014 - 23:46
Nissin Foods Holdings said Monday it will raise the price of instant noodles in Japan by 5-8% starting from shipments in January, to pass on higher ingredient and packaging costs. (Nikkei)
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Crops in Nagano affected by volcanic ash

September 29, 2014 - 06:50
Officials in Nagano Prefecture in central Japan say volcanic ash from Mount Ontake has affected local crops. (NHK)
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A $175 billion industry in Japan is threatened by legal gambling and changing tastes

September 28, 2014 - 22:51
THE gaudy pachinko parlours that disfigure many a Japanese high street are an acquired taste. The country's 12,000 parlours keep players sealed off from the outside world behind a thick wall of noise, smoke and gambler's tension. (businessinsider.com.au)
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SoftBank reportedly in talks to buy DreamWorks

September 28, 2014 - 22:14
US media reports say leading Japanese telecom company SoftBank is in talks to acquire major Hollywood studio DreamWorks Animation. (NHK)
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Japanese shipping firm fined $67.7 mil for price-fixing

September 28, 2014 - 04:59
A major Japanese shipping company has agreed to pay the United States a $67.7 million criminal fine for conspiring to fix prices for international ocean shipments of cars, trucks and other wheeled vehicles at the Port of Baltimore and other locations, the Justice Department said. (Japan Today)
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Kanebo called victims of its defective skin-whitening products 'minefields'

September 27, 2014 - 10:26
Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. referred to customers who developed blotches on their skin after using its skin-whitening cosmetics as "minefields" during a meeting last year on how to deal with possible damages suits against the company, sources said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Hitachi to scrap seniority-based salary system

September 27, 2014 - 10:21
Hitachi says it will scrap seniority-based pay for its managers to increase competitiveness. The system has been part of Japan's corporate culture for decades. (NHK)
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'Daiei' store name to vanish as Aeon plans full takeover

September 27, 2014 - 00:10
Retailer Aeon Co. has said Daiei Inc.'s trade name will vanish after Aeon's full acquisition of the supermarket-operating subsidiary in January 2015. (The Japan News)
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Benesse urged to take steps over data leakage

September 26, 2014 - 23:37
The industry ministry Friday urged Benesse Corp. to take corrective steps over a high-profile customer data leak scandal involving the educational service provider. (The Japan News)
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New rice prices down sharply in Japan

September 25, 2014 - 23:12
This year's first rice crop has fetched prices sharply lower than last year in Japan, as demand keeps falling while this year's harvest looks better than usual. (Jiji Press)
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Kyushu Electric shuts off renewable suppliers from grid

September 25, 2014 - 23:11
Kyushu Electric Power Co said on Thursday it would cut access to its grid for renewable energy suppliers, the third of Japan's 10 regional monopolies to place limits on their cleaner energy intake because of network limitations. (Japan Today)
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Japan warns US over Boeing 787 battery overheat

September 25, 2014 - 07:26
Japan Transport Safety Board experts are recommending that US authorities bolster safety inspections following their probe into a battery failure in a US-manufactured passenger jet. (NHK)
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Computer virus compromises JAL customer data

September 24, 2014 - 14:16
Japan Airlines revealed on Wednesday that the personal data of 750,000 mileage program members may have been compromised by a computer virus. (NHK)
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