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Nestle Japan hiring 1,000 robots to sell espresso machines

October 30, 2014 - 22:42
Food giant Nestle said Wednesday that its Japan unit plans to hire 1,000 robots as sales clerks at stores across the country. (Japan Times)
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Farming control body set up for endangered Japanese eel

October 30, 2014 - 22:11
Japanese eel farmers established a farming control organization on Thursday to strengthen the management of stocks of the endangered Japanese eel. (Jiji Press)
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'Excessive' ads for green energy to be banned

October 30, 2014 - 22:07
The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry plans to prohibit electricity retailers from excessively advertising that their electricity is generated from renewable energy sources, beginning April 2016, if they use the so-called feed-in tariff system for renewable energy, according to sources. (The Japan News)
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Squeezed by budget carriers, Skymark headed toward worst year ever

October 29, 2014 - 21:54
Skymark Airlines is expected to post a parent-only net loss of more than 10 billion yen ($91 million) for the year ending March 2015, battered by stiff competition with low-cost carriers and higher fuel costs. (Nikkei)
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Rakuten to sell low-cost smartphones

October 29, 2014 - 21:25
Online shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. said Wednesday that its telecommunications unit Fusion Communications Corp. will launch a low-cost smartphone service. (The Japan News)
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SoftBank locks on Indian Net sector with Snapdeal investment

October 28, 2014 - 23:45
SoftBank announced Tuesday that it will invest $627 million in leading Indian e-retailer Snapdeal, just the tip of the iceberg on a plan to pour about $10 billion into the country's burgeoning Internet sector over the next decade. (Nikkei)
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Colowide to buy ailing Kappa Sushi operator

October 28, 2014 - 23:36
Major restaurant chain Colowide Co. said Monday it will acquire slumping conveyer-belt sushi restaurant operator Kappa Create Holdings Co. (The Japan News)
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Japan air bag maker in crisis used unique chemical explosive

October 27, 2014 - 23:31
The emerging crisis over air bags traces back to a little-known Japanese company that for over 20 years has supplied the safety devices to automakers including Toyota, Honda and General Motors. (
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Toyota stays No. 1 in global sales over VW, GM

October 27, 2014 - 23:09
Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, Monday reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year. (The Japan News)
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The battle is on for the hearts and wallets of Japan's seniors

October 27, 2014 - 01:03
The model for retailing to a rapidly aging population resides on the fourth floor of a busy emporium on the eastern edge of metropolitan Tokyo. (
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Chewing too much hassle? Japan's got just the thing

October 24, 2014 - 05:09
A small-scale Japanese study last year, among others, suggested there was a connection between chomping and cognitive function, and the belief in a link between chewing and health is widely held in Japan. (
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Honda recalling Fit hybrid for 5th time

October 24, 2014 - 04:38
Honda Motor is recalling several models, including the Fit hybrid, for defects. (NHK)
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Toyota leads way as Japan's automakers reap record profits

October 23, 2014 - 23:37
Japanese automakers are flying high on brisk North American sales and a weaker yen, with Toyota Motor expected to report a record operating profit for the six months through September. (Nikkei)
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Japan's plan to legalise casinos likely to be delayed again, official says

October 21, 2014 - 01:03
Japan's plan to legalise casino gambling has likely been delayed again, a senior official said on Monday, dealing a further political blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (
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Japan's Java wars: Convenience stores angle for coffee market crown

October 21, 2014 - 00:59
Japan's convenience store operators are jostling for eminence in a famously cut-throat industry, and one product has come up trumps for the market's top players - coffee. (Reuters)
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New sakes promoted to young drinkers

October 21, 2014 - 00:50
This year's sake brewing season has begun, and newly harvested rice is being shipped across the nation. (The Japan News)
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Fujifilm says to make Avigan anti-flu drug for more Ebola patients

October 21, 2014 - 00:01
Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp <4901.T> said on Monday it was expanding the production of its Avigan anti-influenza drug to reach an additional number of Ebola patients. (Reuters)
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N. American tuna imports rise in Japan despite weak yen

October 20, 2014 - 23:39
Imports of bluefin tuna caught in the Atlantic Ocean off the North American coast are rising in Japan, although many other fishery products from overseas have been hit by the yen's recent sharp depreciation. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo-Nagoya maglev train project OK'd

October 18, 2014 - 01:48
The government on Friday approved Central Japan Railway Co.'s plan to construct the Linear Chuo Shinkansen line, paving the way for the 2027 start of magnetic levitation train service connecting Tokyo and Nagoya in 40 minutes. (The Japan News)
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Recruit makes strong debut on TSE

October 16, 2014 - 22:18
Major information service firm and staffing agency Recruit Holdings Co. made a strong debut on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday in the biggest initial public offering in Japan this year. (The Japan News)
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