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Chinese bicycle-sharing startup Mobike expands into Japan

June 22, 2017 - 12:02
Chinese bicycle-sharing startup Mobike has set up a subsidiary in Fukuoka city in southern Japan and plans to begin service later this year, it said on Thursday. (Reuters)
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Rakuten to launch online room-sharing marketplace

June 22, 2017 - 11:47
Japanese virtual mall operator Rakuten said on Thursday it will open an online room-sharing marketplace now that the country is poised to lift a ban on room-sharing for travelers. (Nikkei)
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Amazon Japan to build stable of 10,000+ independent couriers

June 21, 2017 - 23:02
Amazon Japan aims to build a team of 10,000 independent couriers in the Tokyo region by 2020 to continue offering same-day delivery service without relying on major parcel delivery companies. (Nikkei)
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JTB to bring Alipay to hotels, eateries across Japan

June 21, 2017 - 06:55
Major Japanese tour agency JTB aims to introduce Alibaba Group Holding's Alipay mobile payment service at around 2,000 partner businesses across Japan within three years to help grease the wheels of spending by foreign tourists. (Nikkei)
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Toshiba decides on chip unit sale plan

June 21, 2017 - 06:21
Struggling Japanese electronics maker Toshiba says that it picked a government-led multinational consortium as the preferred bidder for the sale of its memory chip unit. (NHK)
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Japan's tourism, real estate sectors actively seeking foreign workers

June 20, 2017 - 09:58
The nation's hotel operators and real estate firms are ramping up their hiring of foreign workers to capitalize on booming in-bound tourism and increasing property investment from wealthy overseas buyers. (Japan Times)
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Yamato giving overworked drivers a break

June 19, 2017 - 22:39
Top Japanese parcel delivery firm Yamato Transport is scaling back some services to give its overworked drivers a break. (NHK)
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MRJ to be showcased at Paris Air Show

June 19, 2017 - 04:27
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, or MHI, will exhibit its jet plane at the International Paris Air Show, one of the world's major aviation events. (NHK)
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LCCs want to cancel service due to few bookings

June 18, 2017 - 21:57
Japan's transport ministry is considering whether to allow low-cost carriers to cancel flights when only a small number of seats are sold. (NHK)
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Japan brewers boost nonalcoholic beer production

June 17, 2017 - 23:05
With their nonalcoholic beers gaining popularity and sales of the real stuff declining, Japan's Kirin Brewery and Suntory Beer are switching gears. (Nikkei)
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JP may drop plan to acquire Nomura realtor

June 17, 2017 - 22:51
Japan Post Holdings Co. is likely to drop a plan to acquire Nomura Real Estate Holdings Inc., as its price is expected to be higher than initially estimated, informed sources said Saturday. (
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China's Mobike sharing service rolls into Japan

June 16, 2017 - 22:42
A fast-growing Chinese bicycle-sharing startup looks to debut in Japan next month, with plans to operate in roughly 10 major cities by the end of the year in cooperation with local governments. (Nikkei)
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Air bag maker Takata may file for bankruptcy next week: sources

June 15, 2017 - 23:01
Takata Corp , the Japanese company facing billions in liabilities stemming from its defective air bag inflators, is preparing to file for bankruptcy as early as next week as it works toward a deal for financial backing from U.S. auto parts maker Key Safety Systems Inc., sources said on Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Cool Japan Fund to put $10 mil. into U.S. venture capital firm

June 15, 2017 - 22:59
Japan, eclipsed by China in startup activity, is boosting efforts to get foreign venture capital firms more involved with its entrepreneurs. (
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Travel agency H.I.S. referred to prosecutors for labor violations

June 15, 2017 - 00:07
Labor authorities on Wednesday referred H.I.S. Co. and two of the travel agency's senior officials to prosecutors for allegedly forcing employees to work overtime beyond legal limits. (Japan Times)
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Toshiba to quit home fuel cells

June 14, 2017 - 23:48
Japanese electronics maker Toshiba has decided to quit another market. Company executives say they will stop manufacturing and selling residential fuel cells at the end of July. (NHK)
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FamilyMart and Don Quijote enter talks on business partnership

June 14, 2017 - 04:56
Major retailer FamilyMart Uny Holdings Co. and discount store operator Don Quijote Holdings Co. have announced the launch of talks on forging a business alliance. (Japan Times)
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Ivanka Trump fashion brand halts talks on deal with Japanese firm

June 13, 2017 - 22:13
The operator of Ivanka Trump's fashion brand has halted business negotiations with major Japanese apparel company Sanei-International Co due to concerns over potential conflicts of interest, according to a letter from the operating company made public Monday. (Japan Today)
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Toshiba facing nearly $1bn in claims from accounting scandal

June 13, 2017 - 22:01
Toshiba disclosed Tuesday a lawsuit from 70 plaintiffs, including foreign banks and institutional investors, that seek about 43.9 billion yen ($399 million) for losses they blame on the dodgy accounting that came to light in 2015. (Nikkei)
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Japan's aging sewers highlight resistance to Abe's structural reforms

June 13, 2017 - 06:36
Hidden beneath its streets, Japan's aging sewer pipes spotlight a challenge that has held back reforms Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to revitalise the world's third-biggest economy. (
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