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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. (dailymail.co.uk)
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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 (tokyoreporter.com)
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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 (tokyoreporter.com)
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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. (the-japan-news.com)
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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. (the-japan-news.com)
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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. (the-japan-news.com)
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