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Hokkaido melons fetch record Y3 million at season's first auction

May 26, 2016 - 12:33
A pair of melons produced in the Hokkaido city of Yubari on Thursday fetched a record ¥3 million ($27,240) in the first auction of the harvest season at a Sapporo wholesale market. (Japan Times)
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The whispered numbers that tip off Japan traders have suddenly become taboo

May 26, 2016 - 12:30
For years, it's been one of the Tokyo stock market's biggest open secrets: By the time companies reveal their earnings to the public, the most plugged-in traders have known the numbers for weeks. (Japan Times)
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Cup Noodles taking seafood flavor global

May 26, 2016 - 05:39
Nissin Foods Holdings is looking to roll out seafood-flavored instant noodles all around the world as part of its efforts to establish a global brand and bolster its overseas sales. (Nikkei)
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Japan's 54-year-old lingerie model is turning heads of multiple generations in new ads

May 26, 2016 - 05:31
Finding early success as an idol singer in Japan opens up the doors to a wealth of other options in the entertainment industry. (
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New Toyota plant in Malaysia

May 25, 2016 - 23:10
Toyota Motor plans to boost overseas production and sales. It's building a new passenger car plant in Malaysia. (NHK)
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Govt. pushing for earlier start of maglev lines

May 25, 2016 - 05:34
Central Japan Railway is planning to connect Tokyo and Osaka with super-fast maglev trains, starting in 2045. But government and business people want the new trains sooner. (NHK)
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Toyota to invest in ride-hailing app Uber

May 24, 2016 - 23:00
Toyota said Tuesday it is investing in Uber, making it the latest car company to put money in a ride-hailing app. (Japan Today)
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McDonald's Japan gives Aichi Prefecture residents an exclusive new menu item: Ogura Hotcakes

May 24, 2016 - 22:58
McDonald's in Aichi Prefecture has unveiled Ogura Soft Hotcakes (the 'soft' refers to the ice cream rather than the pancakes), which will be on the dessert menus of 174 McDonald's outlets in the prefecture from June 6 until an unspecified date at the end of the same month. (
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Toshiba to halve capital base

May 23, 2016 - 23:05
Struggling Japanese electronics firm Toshiba will cut its capital base by more than 50 percent. (NHK)
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Japan's retail investors flock to real estate

May 22, 2016 - 23:22
Japanese individual investors are pouring money into real estate as they chase higher returns amid low bond yields and a clouded stock market outlook. (Nikkei)
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Resona Bank to stop requiring seals

May 20, 2016 - 23:35
Customers at Resona Bank and Saitama Resona Bank will be able to open deposit accounts and carry out other procedures without using their seals, starting by the end of March 2019, the parent company's chief said in a recent interview. (
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Gap to pull plug on Old Navy in Japan

May 20, 2016 - 23:29
Gap Inc.'s Old Navy is pulling out of Japan. The chain will close its 53 stores in the country this year, letting it refocus on North America and China, according to a statement on Thursday. (
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Japan may set 180-day cap on Airbnb-style lodgings

May 19, 2016 - 23:34
A Japanese government council has proposed allowing private citizens to take in fee-paying lodgers for up to 180 days a year without a hotel operator license, one of dozens of deregulatory steps recommended to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday. (Nikkei)
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Sharp's new president has Terry Gou's blessing -- and a tall order to fill

May 19, 2016 - 12:52
Hon Hai Precision Industry Chairman Terry Gou has tapped right-hand man Tai Jeng-wu to lead the turnaround of embattled Japanese electronics giant Sharp as its new president. (Nikkei)
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Mitsubishi confirms data manipulation for 5 more models

May 19, 2016 - 06:42
Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Corp. <7211> said Wednesday it has confirmed fuel economy test data manipulation for five automobile models including the Pajero sport-utility vehicle, on top of the already confirmed four minivehicle models. (Jiji Press)
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Mitsubishi Motors president, vice president announce resignations

May 18, 2016 - 12:26
The president and the vice president of Mitsubishi Motors on Wednesday confirmed that they will step down, after the company informed Japan's transport ministry of further findings concerning rigged fuel economy tests. (Nikkei)
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Queries on Suzuki Motor's fuel economy data

May 18, 2016 - 04:53
NHK has learned that Suzuki Motor also used a method different from the one stipulated by the government to measure the fuel efficiency of its mini-vehicles. (NHK)
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Extended pier to draw cruise ships to northern Okinawa

May 17, 2016 - 23:56
The government plans to extend the pier of Motobu Port in northern Okinawa Prefecture to enable large cruise ships to dock there, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (
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Tokyo Disney Resort enhancing 'soft power' to retain customers

May 17, 2016 - 23:45
Oriental Land's new focus on service quality, spelled out in the latest development plan, stems from the Tokyo Disney Resort operator's realization that new attractions alone are not enough to keep people coming through the gates. (Nikkei)
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Hydrogen is the energy of the future for Japan

May 16, 2016 - 23:02
To become reality, Tokyo's dream to have approaching 1 million hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles on Japan's streets in 15 years time will require huge investment and major government support, analysts say. (
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