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Tokyo police arrest land fraudsters; Sekisui House loses billions of yen

October 16, 2018 - 20:38
Tokyo police arrested on Tuesday some members of a fraud group for allegedly attempting to register a land ownership change using fake documents, in a high-profile case that led Sekisui House Ltd. <1928> to lose billions of yen. (Jiji)
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Unstaffed shop to open in Tokyo on trial basis

October 16, 2018 - 20:35
An unmanned store using artificial intelligence instead of cashiers is set to open on a trial basis at a station in Tokyo. (NHK)
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NHK to reduce subscription fees

October 12, 2018 - 23:23
The head of NHK said Friday the Japanese public broadcaster aims to lower its subscription fees, possibly from fiscal 2019, after a government panel made it a condition for the company to start simultaneous online streaming of its television programs. (Japan Today)
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FamilyMart Uny to make discount operator Don Quijote its affiliate

October 11, 2018 - 21:29
Major Japanese retailer FamilyMart Uny Holdings Co. said Thursday it will make discount store operator Don Quijote Holdings Co. its affiliate in a deeper capital tie-up amid intensifying competition in the shrinking domestic retail market. (Kyodo)
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Ministry panel starts talks on cuts to mobile phone tariffs

October 10, 2018 - 21:56
A study group at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications held its first meeting Wednesday, where it discussed ways to spur industry competition with the aim of lowering mobile phone fees in the nation. (Japan Times)
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Airbnb to review private lodging contract terms

October 10, 2018 - 21:38
Accommodation service provider Airbnb says it will review its contract terms with private lodging operators in Japan. (NHK)
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Taiwan to vote on whether to maintain ban of some Japanese food products in referendum next month

October 9, 2018 - 21:13
Taiwan will hold a referendum during local elections next month on whether to maintain a ban on food products from five Japanese prefectures imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Central Election Commission said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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After 83 years, Tsukiji market closes for last time

October 7, 2018 - 22:07
The final trading session took place in Tokyo's famed Tsukiji wholesale food market on Saturday before relocation, ending the market's 83-year-old history as "the kitchen" of the metropolitan area. (Jiji)
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Suruga Bank banned from extending real estate loans for 6 months

October 5, 2018 - 20:42
Japan's Financial Services Agency ordered Suruga Bank <8358> on Friday to stop extending fresh loans for real estate investment for six months, over its improper practices related to such financing. (Jiji)
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Softbank, Toyota launch mobility services venture

October 4, 2018 - 20:55
Japanese telecom firm Softbank is partnering with Toyota for a venture that could help to usher in a new era of mobility. They want to use automated driving to transform the way people move around and the services they enjoy. (NHK)
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U.S. sanctions firms linked to Yamaguchi-gumi crime group

October 3, 2018 - 23:39
The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday took action to sanction two companies and four individuals linked to the major Japanese yakuza crime syndicate Yamaguchi-gumi. (Jiji)
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Having a hard time quitting smoking? Here are a few solutions

October 1, 2018 - 22:24
For anyone who is finding it difficult to quit smoking in a country which has been known as the smoking paradise, there is still hope. Aside from the smoking ban which has been recently adopted in Japan, there are a few ways to seek help, get nicotine substitutes, and be motivated to completely quit smoking. Let's take a look. (
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Toyota official says no Brexit deal could temporarily shut English factory

September 30, 2018 - 21:57
Toyota Motor Corp. anticipates halting production at its Midlands U.K. factory in the event Britain leaves the European Union without a deal, the plants managing director, Marvin Cooke, told the BBC. (Japan Times)
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Subaru reports more cases of improper vehicle inspections

September 28, 2018 - 22:08
Subaru Corp. revealed fresh cases of improper final vehicle inspections on Friday in a final report on its series of data falsifications that blamed excessive workloads on inspectors for causing the practice. (Kyodo)
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Nissan reports more vehicles affected by data manipulation

September 26, 2018 - 21:26
Nissan Motor Co. said Wednesday that it has confirmed product inspection data manipulation for 1,205 vehicles at Japanese plants, up from the previously reported 1,171. (Jiji)
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SoftBank: More than 10 million e-mails deleted

September 21, 2018 - 23:14
Japan's major mobile phone carrier SoftBank says more than 10 million e-mails have been lost due to a faulty mail system. (NHK)
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Osaka-based crypto exchange hacked to lose 6.7 billion yen

September 21, 2018 - 04:04
Japanese virtual currency exchange Zaif has suffered a cyberattack, bleeding 6.7 billion yen's worth of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, of which 4.5 billion yen belonged to its customers, the exchange's operator announced Thursday. (Jiji)
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Pricey new iPhones make debut in Japan

September 21, 2018 - 03:54
Pricier and bigger new iPhone models made their market debut in Japan on Friday, with the country's three leading mobile carriers starting sales of the XS Max and the XS that have faster processors and feature better battery life and improved camera functions. (Kyodo)
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September 18, 2018 - 23:12
ジャパンタイムズによると、日本人は人間がテクノロジーに取って代わり、それが日本中に広がるのではと危惧していることが、木曜日に発表されたPew Research Centerの調査によって分かりました。 (
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Cool-feel beds help Nitori reap record profits

September 18, 2018 - 22:29
Nitori Holdings is expected to report a record interim profit thanks to brisk sales of household items and furniture, including cool-feel bedding that proved popular during a sweltering summer in Japan. (Nikkei)
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