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Japan travel agencies to draw closer government oversight

October 17, 2017 - 22:29
The Japan Tourism Agency will tighten regulations for travel agencies to protect tourists in the wake of Tellmeclub's bankruptcy in March. (Japan Times)
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Japan to minimize restrictions cities can put on private lodging businesses

October 17, 2017 - 22:12
The government will try to minimize restrictions placed on the private lodging business by municipalities concerned about noise and traffic jams in residential areas, officials said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Internet bad boy Takafumi Horie and Wagyumafia bet the farm on intensely marbled steaks

October 17, 2017 - 00:19
Corporate enfant terrible, Takafumi Horie, built one of Japan's most successful internet businesses, stood for the Diet, went to prison and started a space company that aims to put the country's first privately funded rocket into orbit. Now he has a new frontier: cattle. (Japan Times)
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Japan turns to tech, adaptation to beat worst labor crunch in 25 years

October 16, 2017 - 01:19
Before Hisashi Kanbe in 2013 introduced BakeryScan, the world's first image recognition checkout system designed specifically for bread, it was the job of every bakery worker in Japan to memorize the assorted prices of each baked good - from baguettes back to bagels. (Japan Times)
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Kobe steel confirms misconduct on 9 more products

October 14, 2017 - 00:14
Japan's Kobe Steel Ltd. said Friday that it has confirmed misconduct including data falsification on nine more products including mainstay steels, in its internal investigation following the initial revelations of data fraud cases. (Jiji)
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Portable alarm to keep laptops safe when working from a cafe smashes crowdfunding goal

October 12, 2017 - 23:29
So imagine you're sitting in Starbucks, sipping hojicha roasted green tea Frappuccinos and making progress on your current project for that sweet, sweet telecommuting job you've landed. (Japan Today)
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McDonald's Japan giving away 130 million free coffees starting 16 October

October 11, 2017 - 23:20
In a tweet posted on 9 October, McDonald's Japan announced that their coffee has undergone a revamp to give it "the richest taste and aroma in McHistory." (
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IMF warns of banking systemic risk in Japan

October 11, 2017 - 23:11
The International Monetary Fund, in a report released on Wednesday, warned of the risk of problems at only one major bank in Japan causing "stress" in the entire banking system in the country. (Jiji)
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TSE decides to keep Toshiba listed for now

October 11, 2017 - 23:08
The Tokyo Stock Exchange said Wednesday that it will end the designation of Toshiba Corp. <6502> as a "security on alert" on Thursday, allowing the troubled electronics and machinery giant to remain listed for the time being. (Jiji)
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Data fabrication scandal widens

October 11, 2017 - 07:40
A scandal involving falsified data on Kobe Steel products may be worse than first believed. (NHK)
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Government, Tepco ordered to pay Y500 million in damages for Fukushima disaster

October 10, 2017 - 11:04
A court on Tuesday ordered the state and the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant to pay a total of about ¥500 million in damages for the 2011 nuclear disaster, the second ruling of its kind in a series of group lawsuits filed nationwide. (Japan Times)
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Japan endorses Bitcoin and establishes itself as cryptocurrency trade leader

October 10, 2017 - 00:29
Cryptocurrencies are viewed by many as the currency of the future – and they are already experiencing a rising popularity among users and traders, who have become more and more familiar with the concept over time. (
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Sake brands from Kyushu win top 2 prizes in Paris contest

October 9, 2017 - 23:19
Sake brands from the Kyushu southwestern Japan region finished first and second at a contest in Paris, according to the contest results announced Sunday. (Jiji)
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Kobe Steel admits falsifying inspection data

October 9, 2017 - 23:14
Japan's Kobe Steel says it shipped aluminum and copper products with falsified inspection certificates. (NHK)
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Yoshinoya learning how to think outside the beef bowl

October 7, 2017 - 00:45
Japanese beef bowl purveyor Yoshinoya Holdings posted its biggest first-half profit in a decade Friday, thanks to a spiced-up menu, putting the company on the road to shedding its underdog status among industry peers. (Nikkei)
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Dentsu fined Y500,000 for making employees do too much overtime

October 7, 2017 - 00:42
Dentsu Inc was fined just 500,000 yen after a Tokyo court ruled it had made employees work overtime beyond legal limits - a case that followed a high profile death from overwork at the advertising giant. (Japan Today)
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Japan publisher of Ishiguro novels flooded with orders

October 7, 2017 - 00:34
Following Kazuo Ishiguro's winning of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 the previous day, Hayakawa Publishing Corp., which sells translated editions of novels by the Japan-born British author in Japan, was busy Friday dealing with orders from bookstores nationwide. (Jiji)
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Google, LINE to launch AI speakers in Japan

October 5, 2017 - 22:42
Google and LINE have announced that they will each launch AI speakers that handle the Japanese language. (NHK)
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NHK discloses female reporter's overwork death

October 4, 2017 - 22:25
Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK, revealed Wednesday that a female reporter in Tokyo died due to overwork in July 2013. (Jiji)
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Tokyo department store opens robot section

October 4, 2017 - 22:12
Retailer Takashimaya has opened a specialty section in one of its Tokyo department stores that sells only robots. Most of them cost between 900 and 2,700 dollars. (NHK)
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