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Subaru to introduce all-electric vehicles in Japan by 2021

13 hours 5 min ago
Subaru Corp. will introduce a series of all-electric cars in Japan as early as 2021, sources said, as competition intensifies between automakers looking to develop eco-friendly cars in response to stricter global emissions regulations. (Japan Times)
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Nissan execs to return part of salaries over bogus vehicle inspections

November 17, 2017 - 23:01
Nissan Motor Co Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa and other executives of the Japanese automaker are returning a part of their salaries to show remorse over illegal vehicle inspections at the automaker's plants in Japan. (Japan Today)
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Line messaging app adding unsend function to save us from our embarrassing selves

November 17, 2017 - 22:54
After beginning service in Japan in 2011, Naver Corporation’s Line messaging app quickly become one of the most popular ways to stay connected to personal acquaintances. (Japan Today)
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Fair trade commission investigating Airbnb Japan

November 17, 2017 - 05:11
Japan's Fair Trade Commission is investigating the local unit of the US vacation rental platform Airbnb on suspicion of violating the anti-monopoly law. (NHK)
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McDonald's Japan celebrates Happy Meal 30th anniversary with awesome travel-size board games

November 16, 2017 - 18:04
Happy Meal goodies even adults will want to get their hands on -- Uno, Game of Life, Pop-up Pirate and other games get the McDonald's treatment. (
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Beaujolais Nouveau released in Japan amid declining demand

November 16, 2017 - 06:14
The Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 vintage went on sale in Japan on Thursday, but with people's tastes maturing, the traditional celebration of the French wine's seasonal release is on the decline. (Kyodo)
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Low-interest rates squeeze bank profits

November 15, 2017 - 21:54
Japan's 3 major financial groups are reporting their earnings for the April-to-September period. Two saw their operating profits fall, as prolonged low interest rates ate into their earnings. (NHK)
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japan’s ‘taxi prince’ fights to keep uber at bay

November 15, 2017 - 21:32
It’s impossible for Ichiro Kawanabe to order up an Uber in Japan. The ride-hailing company has banned him from having an account. (Japan Times)
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Uber coming of age with SoftBank tie-up

November 14, 2017 - 10:53
Uber’s tie-up with SoftBank suggests the ride-hailing giant is set to come of age in the business world, but it still faces a long road ahead. (Japan Times)
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Japan to loosen rules on hydrogen stations

November 12, 2017 - 21:45
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency plans to make the installation of hydrogen filling stations easier by revising ordinances related to the fire service law in fiscal 2018, in order to help promote the use of fuel cell vehicles, Jiji Press has learned. (
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Ex-Mitsui employee suspected in Y170 million embezzlement

November 10, 2017 - 21:40
Miyagi Prefectural Police have arrested a former employee of a subsidiary of trading company Mitsui & Co. in Sendai who is suspected in the embezzlement of nearly 200 million yen, reports the Sankei Shimbun (
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Japan's struggling Toshiba logs $436 mn loss in first half

November 9, 2017 - 07:44
Troubled Japanese conglomerate Toshiba said Thursday it logged a net loss of $436 million for the fiscal first half, as it moves to complete the multi-billion-dollar sale of its chip business to restore its balance sheet. (
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Police arrest head of failed travel agency Tellmeclub

November 9, 2017 - 07:38
Police on Wednesday arrested the president and a former employee of failed travel agency Tellmeclub, which offered budget overseas tours, on suspicion of defrauding a bank of about ¥200 million ($1.76 million) in loans by window-dressing earnings data. (Japan Times)
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Amazon launches AI speaker in Japan

November 8, 2017 - 22:50
US online retail giant Amazon has launched a line of voice-controlled AI speakers capable of understanding Japanese. (NHK)
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Japanese restaurants abroad see 5-fold rise in 10 years

November 7, 2017 - 17:34
The number of Japanese restaurants abroad totaled some 118,000 in October, posting a fivefold jump in about 10 years, an agriculture ministry survey showed Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Airbnb Inc. inks deal with ANA and Peach to promote ‘new travel style’

November 6, 2017 - 19:42
Airbnb Inc. said Monday it has signed a partnership agreement with Japan’s largest carrier, All Nippon Airways Co., and its subsidiary, Peach Aviation Ltd., in a bid to solicit more demand for domestic travel. (Japan Times)
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Number of visitors to 45th Tokyo Motor Show down 5.1%

November 6, 2017 - 19:33
The number of visitors to the just-ended 45th Tokyo Motor Show totaled 771,200, down 5.1 percent from the 812,500 attendance at the last show in 2015, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association has said. (Japan Times)
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SoftBank to increase stake in US subsidiary Sprint

November 6, 2017 - 04:32
SoftBank Group announced on Monday that it will increase its stake in its U.S. subsidiary Sprint following failed merger talks with T-Mobile US. (Nikkei)
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Pilot shortage prompts Air Do to cancel 34 flights in November

November 2, 2017 - 00:02
Air Do, a regional carrier based in Sapporo, said Tuesday that it has decided to cancel a total of 34 flights on two routes in November due to a lack of pilots. (Japan Times)
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Dole Japan recalls 9,000 packs of Philippine bananas over possible tampering

November 1, 2017 - 23:51
Dole Japan Inc., a producer of fruits and vegetables, said Wednesday it will recall approximately 9,000 bunches of packaged Philippine bananas due to concerns of tampering. (Japan Times)
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