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Takeda in negotiation to buy out Shire

April 20, 2018 - 23:22
Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical has proposed to buy Irish competitor Shire for over 60 billion dollars. If completed, the deal would be one of the biggest acquisitions of a foreign firm by a Japanese company. (NHK)
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Buy orders swamp IPO for Shogi app developer

April 20, 2018 - 23:20
A company that developed a smartphone application for the Japanese board game shogi has been listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. But the initial public offering ended without an opening price as there were too many orders to buy its shares. (NHK)
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Tokyo aims to ban smoking at restaurants with employees

April 20, 2018 - 23:13
The Tokyo metropolitan government aims to ban indoor smoking at all restaurants with employees in the Japanese capital, Governor Yuriko Koike said Friday. (Jiji)
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'Flea market app' may soon be listed on TSE

April 19, 2018 - 22:48
NHK has learned that the operator of a popular app used for buying and selling goods in Japan is expected to be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. (NHK)
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Softbank Group fails to declare 93.9 billion yen in taxable income

April 18, 2018 - 22:19
Japanese tax authorities have found that Softbank Group Corp. <9984> failed to declare 93.9 billion yen in taxable income over the four years through March 2016, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji)
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Dentsu to debut 'input holiday' day off every month from June on trial basis

April 17, 2018 - 22:53
Major Japanese advertising agency Dentsu Inc. will introduce a uniform monthly day off on a trial basis from June, aiming to improve productivity by allowing more private time for its workers. (Japan Times)
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Japanese mangoes match records, fetching Y400,000 at season's first auction

April 17, 2018 - 00:09
A pair of premium mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture fetched a record-matching ¥400,000 at the season’s first wholesale auction Monday. (Japan Times)
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SoftBank interested in buying U.S. newspaper publisher Tronc: report

April 16, 2018 - 23:50
SoftBank Group Corp. is among several potential buyers for U.S. newspaper publisher Tronc, U.S. online news outlet Axios reported Monday, quoting a source familiar with the situation. (Kyodo)
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Japan offers China help with 'toilet revolution'

April 14, 2018 - 23:05
Japan has offered to lend China a hand with President Xi Jinping's "toilet revolution." (Nikkei)
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Uniqlo sales soar overseas

April 13, 2018 - 23:27
The operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain says it has just passed an important milestone, the brand's overseas sales topped those at home in Japan for the first time for a fiscal half-year. (NHK)
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WHO says Australia exported listeria-tainted melons to nine countries

April 10, 2018 - 23:01
Melons contaminated with deadly listeriosis bacteria were exported to at least nine countries from Australia, where an outbreak has killed seven people and caused one miscarriage, the World Health Organization said on Monday. (Japan Today)
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Hundreds of years' worth of rare earths found in Japan

April 10, 2018 - 22:38
Japanese researchers have found more than 16 million tons of rare earth deposits, equivalent to a few hundred years of global consumption, under the seabed near Minami-Torishima, about 1,900km southeast of Tokyo. (Nikkei)
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Squid-flation bites Japan as catch sinks to new low

April 10, 2018 - 22:36
Japan's catch of Pacific flying squid fell to a new all-time low in 2017, sending wholesale prices of the seafood to profit-squeezing highs for companies that process it into popular foods. (Nikkei)
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Rakuten granted mobile carrier certificate in Japan

April 9, 2018 - 20:26
Japanese communications minister Seiko Noda on Monday granted a certificate to allow major cybermall operator Rakuten Inc. <4755> to become the country's fourth mobile phone carrier. (Jiji)
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Is pachinko headed for extinction in Japan? Studies reveal huge drop in players, hall operators

April 7, 2018 - 21:46
The Tokyo-based Yano Research Institute recently released the results of its analysis of the pachinko industry, and some of the numbers don’t look so good . (
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Monex announces 3.6 bil. yen acquisition of troubled Coincheck

April 6, 2018 - 20:59
Japanese online brokerage Monex Group Inc. said Friday it has agreed to purchase all outstanding shares in troubled cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc. for 3.6 billion yen ($33.6 million). (Kyodo)
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Fujifilm to end sales of black-and-white photo film due to falling demand

April 6, 2018 - 20:56
Fujifilm Imaging Systems Co. announced Friday it will terminate sales of monochrome photographic film, with the last shipment expected to be in October, due to falling demands in the digital age. (Japan Times)
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Western Union to let foreign workers in Japan send remittance via app

April 5, 2018 - 20:23
Western Union, the leading international money transfer operator, will soon offer Japan's burgeoning population of foreign workers the ability to send money home by smartphone. (Nikkei)
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Japan unveils proposals for controls on Initial Coin Offerings

April 5, 2018 - 20:19
Japan is moving toward legalizing initial coin offerings, even as countries such as China and the U.S. restrict the fundraising method because of the risks it presents for investors. (Japan Times)
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Amazon Japan seeks to turn fee hike into a lure for loyalty program

April 4, 2018 - 22:18
Amazon Japan seems to be turning a fee hike for small deliveries into an opportunity to prod consumers to join its loyalty program. (Nikkei)
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