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FTC chides FamilyMart for unfairly curbing subcontractor payments

August 25, 2016 - 22:55
The Fair Trade Commission on Thursday reprimanded major convenience store operator FamilyMart Co. for unfairly reducing payments to subcontractors making its private brand products. (Japan Times)
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Honda to launch revamped NSX supercar in Japan

August 25, 2016 - 22:52
Honda Motor says it will revamp its luxury sports car NSX for release in Japan next year. (NHK)
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Electronic cigarettes proving a sellout hit in Japanese market

August 25, 2016 - 22:39
Electronic cigarettes, which do not require a flame but heat tobacco leaves to create a vapor that is inhaled, are so popular in Japan these days that demand cannot keep up with supply. (the-japan-news.com)
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Japan proposes steps to manage mackerel stocks in int'l talks

August 25, 2016 - 05:55
Japan has proposed measures to manage mackerel stocks, including a cut in the number of mackerel fishing boats, at the ongoing meeting of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission in Tokyo. (Jiji Press)
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Solaseed Air executive jumps to death from building in Miyazaki

August 24, 2016 - 03:02
Nobuyuki Suzuki, the 60-year-old executive vice president of low-cost carrier Solaseed Air, has died after he jumped from his apartment building in Miyazaki City, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Aug. 24). (Tokyo Reporter)
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UK firm launches sports streaming service in Japan

August 23, 2016 - 22:48
A British media firm has started live streaming of international sports events for smartphone users in Japan. (NHK)
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Governance-minded Japan Inc. shuns corporate officers

August 22, 2016 - 23:25
Nearly two decades after Sony introduced corporate officers to Japan in 1997, a growing number of companies are opting out of what had become a well-established system as closer attention to governance exposes its flaws. (Nikkei)
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Aichi firm's columbarium conveyor tech easing chore of tending to the dead

August 22, 2016 - 07:04
The first columbarium in the Chubu region to use an automated cinerary box conveyor system opened last month in Nagoya as the popularity of tombs that do not require much maintenance grows. (Japan Times)
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Number of gas stations halves in 21 years

August 21, 2016 - 08:14
The number of gas stations in Japan has fallen to around half of the total 21 years ago. (NHK)
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Expert shortage hampers Japanese financials in blockchain race

August 18, 2016 - 00:31
Japanese financial firms risk falling behind on the world stage as efforts to adopt blockchain technology that promises to save billions of dollars in backroom processing and revolutionize the finance industry are hamstrung by a dearth of specialists. (Reuters)
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'Pokemon Go' sets 5 Guinness world records

August 17, 2016 - 00:42
Guinness World Records has confirmed that smartphone game app "Pokemon Go" set five world records since its global debut last month, including the number of downloads. (Jiji Press)
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Hon Hai vice president becomes Sharp president

August 14, 2016 - 00:40
The new president of Japanese electronics firm Sharp has assumed his post. (NHK)
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Fading tourist spending boom tests retailer Laox's strategy

August 13, 2016 - 00:05
Back in the good old days of 2015, Tokyo-based retailer Laox logged a record group net profit catering to shopping-mad Chinese tourists at its sales-tax-free stores in Japan. (Nikkei)
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Government to free up rules to allow more hotel floor space

August 12, 2016 - 05:38
The government has decided to drastically ease restrictions on floor area ratio for hotels in Japan in a bid to address a shortage of accommodation. (Japan Times)
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Mountain Day could be a balm for retailers

August 9, 2016 - 22:01
As Japanese prepare to head for the hills Thursday for their inaugural Mountain Day holiday, retailers and tourism operators are gearing up for an $8 billion windfall. (the-japan-news.com)
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Store rents climb in Osaka on foreign visitor surge

August 9, 2016 - 00:26
Rental rates are going up in Osaka's business district as retailers open more stores to accommodate an influx of foreign visitors. (Nikkei)
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New Tokyo governor positive on casino idea

August 9, 2016 - 00:17
Tokyo's new governor, Yuriko Koike, has reacted positively to the idea of operating a recreational complex including a casino in the city. (NHK)
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Iran plans to buy 20 regional jets from Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy

August 9, 2016 - 00:02
Iran intends to purchase 20 regional jets from a unit of Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, according to Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan, deputy minister for international affairs at the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development. (Reuters)
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Amazon Japan raided on suspicion of antitrust practices

August 8, 2016 - 13:02
Japan's Fair Trade Commission has raided the offices of Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN.O) local unit on suspicion of pressuring retailers to offer products at lower prices than on rival sites, the Nikkei business daily said on Monday. (Reuters)
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'Muji' becomes first Japanese retailer in India

August 7, 2016 - 00:25
Ryohin Keikaku, the operator of the Muji brand, has opened a store in India, becoming the first Japanese retailer to do so. (NHK)
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