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30% of rural gas stations face uncertain future

May 28, 2017 - 22:42
A survey shows that nearly 30 percent of gas stations in sparsely populated areas of Japan are not sure if they will be able to continue their business operations. (NHK)
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Toyota strengthens Lexus brand with boat

May 27, 2017 - 23:30
Toyota Motor Corp. has unveiled in Tokyo a prototype for the first pleasure boat under its luxury car brand Lexus. (
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Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.5 million at season's 1st auction

May 26, 2017 - 12:39
A pair of melons produced in the northern city of Yubari, Hokkaido, sold for 1.5 million yen in the first auction of this harvest season on Friday. (Japan Today)
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Domino's to take full control of Japan pizza business

May 26, 2017 - 06:15
Pizza giant Domino's will take full control of its rapidly expanding Japanese operations, after its minority partner, private equity firm Bain Capital, announced it would pull the plug on its 25 per cent stake in August. (
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Airbnb building support network for hosts in Japan

May 26, 2017 - 02:00
Airbnb has joined hands with staffing company Pasona to train people in Japan to support the U.S. company's signature business of offering private homes as lodging for travelers -- a practice known as minpaku here. (Nikkei)
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Docomo fights low-cost rivals, rewards long-term subscribers

May 24, 2017 - 23:47
NTT Docomo looks to stem the flow of customers heading for budget carriers by offering a new plan geared toward long-term smartphone contracts that provides a monthly discount that does not expire, the communications company said Wednesday. (Nikkei)
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U.S. Big 3 to steer clear of Tokyo Motor show again

May 23, 2017 - 23:27
The Big Three U.S. automakers will skip the Tokyo Motor Show again, raising doubts about their interest in the Japanese market, which U.S. President Donald Trump has promised to liberalize further, it was learned Monday. (
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Sony eyes highest operating profit in 20 years

May 23, 2017 - 23:06
Japanese electronics maker Sony has set a target for the current business year of logging its highest operating profit in 2 decades. (NHK)
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How Japan's elite poker pros can transform the Japanese poker scene

May 23, 2017 - 00:58
Japan is a very modern, forward-thinking country in many aspects, but its modernity doesn't extend to the nation's gambling laws, which remain considerably tight by 21st century standards. A large percentage of gambling games are still illegal under the nation's Penal Code, including live poker, although online poker is now permitted. (
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Tokyo police urge go-kart companies to improve safety

May 22, 2017 - 23:01
The Metropolitan Police Department on Monday asked go-kart companies to improve safety as the popularity of their driving tours grows. (Japan Times)
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Japan to prune taxes in hopes of growing farm business

May 22, 2017 - 06:19
The Japanese government is moving to cut taxes on operators of high-tech indoor farms to encourage more businesses to enter the sector and turn "smart agriculture" into a growth industry. (Nikkei)
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SoftBank-Saudi high-tech Vision Fund raises $93 bil

May 21, 2017 - 22:44
Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank said, with Saudi partners, it has raised nearly $100 billion in pledges to launch a major global fund for long-term, high-tech investments. (Japan Today)
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Apple to invest in Softbak fund

May 20, 2017 - 22:29
NHK has learned that US tech giant Apple and other investors will contribute to a fund being set up by Japanese telecom firm Softbank Group. (NHK)
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Basquiat painting sold for $110 million to Japanese entrepreneur

May 20, 2017 - 00:25
A painting by the late Jean-Michel Basquiat was sold to Yusaku Maezawa, president of Japan's Start Today Co., which operates online fashion mall Zozotown, for 110,487,500 dollars at a Sotheby's auction in New York Thursday. (Jiji)
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Shoe shop goes bust after holding closing sale for more than 20 years

May 19, 2017 - 23:50
A Japanese shoe shop known for holding a "store-closing sale" for more than 20 years finally went bust, a credit research agency said Friday. (Japan Today)
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Low interest rates still squeezing Japanese banking profits

May 15, 2017 - 23:03
Japan's five leading banking groups reported a third straight year of shrinking aggregate profit Monday, hampered by the central bank's negative interest rate policy, but the strength of their overseas operations helped stave off a worse result. (Nikkei)
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Global cyberattack hits Japan, including Hitachi, JR East

May 15, 2017 - 05:33
Japanese companies, municipalities and citizens have fallen prey to cyberattacks that began hitting targets worldwide late last week, it was learned Monday. (Jiji)
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Japan's potato chip shortage likely to linger until fall

May 13, 2017 - 00:31
Hokkaido's potato farmers haven't recovered from last summer's typhoons, which means consumers will have to wait until at least fall before the usual range of potato chip products returns to store shelves. (Japan Times)
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Japan Inc. heading for second straight record profit

May 13, 2017 - 00:23
Corporate Japan is on track to log a second year in a row of record net profit, driven by electronics makers, trading houses and other sectors making up for the weakness of automakers. (Nikkei)
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Japan Post reportedly to buy Nomura Real Estate Holdings

May 12, 2017 - 23:59
Japan Post Holdings will buy Nomura Real Estate Holdings to strengthen its presence in the real estate development market, national broadcaster NHK reported on Friday. (Japan Today)
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