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Chinese New Year rings up record duty-free sales at department stores

March 3, 2015 - 09:05
Major department stores in Japan reported record duty-free sales in February as throngs of Chinese tourists took advantage of an increased number of tax-free items and the weaker yen during the Chinese New Year holiday. (Asahi)
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NHK drama boosts Japanese whisky production

March 2, 2015 - 22:34
Whisky demand is rocketing in Japan, with producers scrambling to increase production as a period drama about the dram has the country hooked and after a homegrown single malt scooped the honours in a world taste test. (
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Uniqlo boss talks big, aims high

March 2, 2015 - 11:40
Tadashi Yanai raised some eyebrows at a media gathering in Tokyo in mid-February. "We aim to achieve 30 trillion yen ($248 billion) in sales in 2030," the chairman, president and CEO of Fast Retailing declared. (Nikkei)
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HondaJet to stage demo flights in Japan

March 2, 2015 - 07:20
Honda Motor's aircraft division in is the final stages of building a small business jet. The first demonstration flights in Japan are planned for April. (NHK)
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Japan's H2A rocket to launch UAE satellite

March 2, 2015 - 07:19
A Japanese firm has received an order from the United Arab Emirates to launch a satellite. (NHK)
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Resona repayment to mark new start for Japan banks

March 1, 2015 - 21:49
Japan's banking industry looks to enter a new stage of its history in June, when all of the nation's five megabank groups will have finished repaying the public bailout funds they received from the government. (The Japan News)
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Novartis Japan ordered to shut down for failure to report side effects

February 28, 2015 - 02:59
Health authorities ordered the Japanese unit of Novartis AG to shut down most operations for 15 days in March, saying the drug maker failed to report side effects from its products in a timely fashion. (
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KFC potato chips return to Japan this spring

February 28, 2015 - 00:08
Once again, Japanese snack company Calbee is teaming up with the world's most famous fast food fried chicken outfit. (Japan Today)
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Montblanc to sell $4,400 pen made of Japan 'miracle pine'

February 26, 2015 - 22:38
Luxury marque Montblanc is to sell fountain pens made from a "miracle pine" tree that survived the 2011 tsunami, for a hefty $4,400, an official said, with just 20 percent of takings donated to local people. (AFP)
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Taco Bell makes a run for Japan's border

February 26, 2015 - 07:59
Japan has no shortage of U.S.-style fast-food restaurants, from burgers to pizza, but something that hasn't been on the menu is burritos and quesadillas. That is about to change, however, as Irvine, Calif.-based Taco Bell is planning to set up shop in the land of sushi and sashimi. (
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4D maker MediaMation cracks Japan, partners with Sony Business Solutions

February 26, 2015 - 07:50
MediaMation, a maker of 4D technology, is partnering with Sony Business Solutions Corporation to try to hook Japan on movie theaters that buck, spray and mist along with the onscreen action. (
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Kyoto urges realtor to build hotel overlooking 400-year-old Nijo Castle

February 25, 2015 - 22:54
In the shadow of Nijo Castle here, a World Heritage site, the municipal government is asking a developer to build a hotel instead of a condominium building, a rare request, since it has no legal power to compel it. (Asahi)
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Lexus named best car in U.S. for 3rd year

February 25, 2015 - 22:41
Leading automaker Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus ranked top among 28 car brands in the United States for the third straight year in 2015 in both vehicle performance and reliability terms, Consumer Reports magazine said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Line Taxi leapfrogs Uber again, now in over 90 cities across Japan

February 25, 2015 - 09:04
Line Taxi premiered in January in Japan, giving users of the popular messaging app an easy way to book a cab. Like Uber's Japanese debut, it was limited initially to Tokyo. (
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Cat cafes are catching on in Britain

February 25, 2015 - 09:02
Inspired by similar establishments in Japan but with an added English flair, London's first cat cafe is doing a roaring trade providing traditional afternoon tea in feline company. (Japan Times)
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Japan has made eggs that smell and taste like fruit

February 25, 2015 - 09:01
The humble egg isn't known for its tempting aroma, but that could be about to change as a group of Japanese farms has developed eggs that taste and smell like citrus fruit. (
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Seven-Eleven rolls out new line of donuts

February 24, 2015 - 22:40
Coffee has become big bucks for convenience stores as customers have embraced a cheap brews. (Japan Times)
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Toyota steps up fuel-cell car production

February 24, 2015 - 22:27
Toyota Motor started full-scale manufacturing on Tuesday of the world's first commercial fuel-cell car. (NHK)
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Japan Inc shops abroad to duck bleak domestic prospects

February 24, 2015 - 08:42
With shrinking prospects at home and the threat of further yen weakness, Japanese companies are rushing to buy overseas and seem willing to pay top dollar, as shown by Japan Post's $5 billion bid for Australia's Toll Holdings (TOL.AX). (Reuters)
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New Honda president has tough road ahead

February 23, 2015 - 23:27
Honda Motor's first change of president in six years comes amid a slew of troubles, including recalls and falling profits, stemming from President Takanobu Ito's backfiring strategies to deal with plunging demand. (Nikkei)
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