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Cabinet adopts bill to fund maglev

September 26, 2016 - 22:37
The government adopted at a cabinet meeting Monday a bill to enable a government-affiliated institution to provide loans to finance part of the construction of Central Japan Railway Co.'s magnetic levitation Shinkansen high-speed train line.


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Japan to increase butter imports

September 26, 2016 - 22:27
Japan's agriculture ministry is planning to import another 4,000 tons of butter, as raw milk production may fall in some areas of the country. (NHK)
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MRJ leaves for US

September 26, 2016 - 12:55
The first passenger plane developed in Japan in 50 years has finally left for the United States after twice having to turn back due to a technical glitch. (NHK)
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Season's 1st blowfish auction at Shimonoseki

September 26, 2016 - 12:51
The first blowfish auction of the season has been held in the city of Shimonoseki, western Japan. (NHK)
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Yahoo Japan says it is unaffected by giant hack

September 24, 2016 - 01:36
Yahoo Japan Corp. said Friday no customer information was leaked from the company and no damage has been confirmed after hackers stole sensitive information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts. (Japan Times)
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Japan Tobacco to roll out e-cigarette next year

September 24, 2016 - 01:34
Japan Tobacco aims to start selling its Ploom Tech tobacco-based electronic cigarette in cities across Japan next year, it said on Friday, as it fights to catch up with bigger rival Philip Morris in meeting the growing demand for "vaping" products. (Reuters)
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Toyota says ad agency Dentsu disclosed 'irregularities' around transactions in Japan

September 22, 2016 - 22:06
Toyota Motor Corp. says its longtime advertising partner, Japanese agency giant Dentsu Inc., has informed it of "irregularities" related to some digital media business transactions. Reports have said the problem was about a division of Dentsu in Japan overcharging the automaker. (
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Eager to expand, Seven-Eleven Japan aims for 20,000 stores in U.S.

September 21, 2016 - 13:04
Seven-Eleven Japan Co. expects to open thousands of new stores in the U.S., increasing its current tally of 8,500 to 20,000, President Kazuki Furuya said. (Japan Times)
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Start-up guru turns boss of 80,000 after scandal hits Japan firm Lixil

September 20, 2016 - 23:30
Early last year, big bets started to go wrong for a Japanese giant of toilets and faucets. (
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Here's Spotify's plan to become huge in Japan

September 20, 2016 - 23:28
Spotify will launch in Japan by the end of the month, reports TechCrunch. (
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Cyanide found in water under new Tokyo food market

September 20, 2016 - 22:30
Some members of the Tokyo metropolitan assembly say that a cyanide compound has been detected at the proposed relocation site for the Tsukiji food market. The level exceeds the government-set environmental standards. (NHK)
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Final 'Kochikame' manga draws fans to bookstores

September 18, 2016 - 02:08
Manga fans are rushing to bookstores to get their hands on a magazine carrying the final edition of the 40-year-old Japanese comic series Kochikame. (NHK)
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Pokemon Go Plus finally hits market

September 17, 2016 - 01:04
Nintendo affiliate Pokemon Co. released a much-anticipated wearable accessory for the smash hit mobile game "Pokemon Go" on Friday, attracting so many fans that the device was sold out online and at the company's stores across Japan for the day by 11 a.m. (Nikkei)
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No toxic benzene found in water at new Toyosu fish market site

September 17, 2016 - 00:22
Benzene, a toxic chemical, was not found in water in the basement of a main building at the new fish market in Tokyo's Toyosu waterfront area, while a permissible level of arsenic was detected, a private company-led groundwater survey showed Friday. (Japan Today)
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Apple Japan arm hit with Y12 bil. tax bill

September 17, 2016 - 00:20
Tokyo tax authorities ordered a Japanese subsidiary of Apple Inc. to pay about ¥12 billion in penalty taxes for failing to properly pay withholding tax (see below) on usage rights for software allowing online music and video distribution, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (
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SoftBank-Mizuho fintech venture to dispense loans in 30 minutes

September 15, 2016 - 22:42
SoftBank Group and Mizuho Financial Group plan to launch an online lending service for individual customers, capitalizing on big data and artificial intelligence. The transactions will be carried out via smartphones in as little as 30 minutes. (Nikkei)
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Toshiba takes step toward losing 'alert' label

September 15, 2016 - 22:41
Toshiba submitted internal control filings to the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Thursday in a bid to get removed from the bourse's list of securities on alert. (Nikkei)
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Trading house Mitsubishi to acquire Lawson

September 15, 2016 - 22:28
Major Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corporation is preparing to raise its stake in a leading convenience store chain to make it a subsidiary. (NHK)
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Soil explanation lacking for new Tsukiji site

September 14, 2016 - 22:48
It has been revealed that Tokyo metropolitan government officials had not offered any explanation regarding decontamination measures of the new site of the Tsukiji fish market to a panel of engineers. (NHK)
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FTC raids 9 firms over bid-rigging for JR East, West uniforms

September 13, 2016 - 21:59
Japan's Fair Trade Commission raided nine companies on Tuesday over suspected bid-rigging for uniforms delivered to East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, and West Japan Railway Co., or JR West, in violation of the antimonopoly law. (Jiji Press)
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