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Takata denies air bag defect cover-up

November 22, 2014 - 00:09
-Japan's Takata Corp., at a U.S. Senate hearing Thursday, denied the allegation that the company had tried to conceal a fatal defect in its air bag system, while stressing its efforts to ensure the safety of air bags. (Jiji Press)
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Pro-N.Korea group's HQ estate goes to Japan firm

November 22, 2014 - 00:03
A Japanese real estate company has taken official ownership of the land and building used as a pro-North Korea group's headquarters in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Seven-Eleven Japan to sell doughnuts at counters

November 20, 2014 - 22:22
Convenience store operator Seven-Eleven Japan Co. will start selling doughnuts at store counters next year, informed sources said Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Airbus's A350 flies to Tokyo for demonstration

November 19, 2014 - 22:52
Airbus's newest jetliner has arrived at Tokyo's Haneda Airport and will run demonstration flights. (NHK)
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Sony takes hard look at streaming after Taylor Swift snub

November 18, 2014 - 22:57
A Sony executive said Tuesday the firm was taking a hard look at music streaming services after pop star Taylor Swift yanked her songs from industry giant Spotify. (AFP)
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Tokyo to set up 80 hydrogen stations by 2025

November 18, 2014 - 22:38
The Tokyo metropolitan government Tuesday announced a plan to increase the number of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles in Tokyo to 35 by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and to 80 by 2025. (Kyodo)
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Little Tokyo popping up in Jakarta suburb

November 18, 2014 - 22:35
An Indonesian conglomerate owned by ethnic Chinese plans to develop a "Little Tokyo" on the outskirts of this capital city to cater to the growing number of Japanese sent here by their employers back home. (Nikkei)
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Tokuda 'took kickbacks, dodged tax on Y100 million'

November 18, 2014 - 21:50
Torao Tokuda, former head of the Tokushukai hospital group, has been accused by the Kumamoto Regional Taxation Bureau of keeping a secret fund of about Y100 million, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned from sources. (The Japan News)
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Toyota to launch world's 1st consumer fuel-cell vehicle Dec. 15

November 18, 2014 - 06:31
Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will start selling its Mirai hydrogen-powered vehicle in Japan on Dec. 15, becoming the world's first automaker to launch a fuel-cell vehicle for general consumers. (Kyodo)
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Sushi eaters pushing Pacific bluefin tuna to brink of extinction

November 17, 2014 - 21:45
The never-ending demand for Pacific bluefin tuna among sushi lovers is driving the iconic fish towards extinction, a conservation group said. (
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SIM-free iPhone 6 prices up

November 16, 2014 - 22:33
Apple Inc. of the United States on Friday raised the prices by Y8,640 to Y12,960 in Japan for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models without subscriber identity module locks. (The Japan News)
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Laox will launch another big store in Tokyo for tourists

November 14, 2014 - 22:36
Laox, the retailer of electronics and duty-free goods, will open a large store in Tokyo next June to cater to tourists visiting from China and other countries. (Nikkei)
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Beef bowl chains struggling to survive

November 14, 2014 - 22:28
Gyudon beef bowl chains, which once saw rapid growth amid the nation's prolonged deflation, are now struggling to survive amid a labor shortage and soaring beef prices. (The Japan News)
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Asahi Shimbun announces resignation of president

November 14, 2014 - 21:59
Japanese major newspaper publisher Asahi Shimbun Co. said Friday its president, Tadakazu Kimura, will resign on Dec. 5 to take the blame for inaccurate reports on the country's worst nuclear crisis and the so-called "comfort women" issue. (Jiji Press)
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Asahi Breweries to Buy Japanese Restaurant Nadaman

November 14, 2014 - 21:54
Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. said Friday that wholly owned subsidiary Asahi Breweries Ltd. will buy Japanese restaurant operator Nadaman Co. (The Japan News)
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Private, public subsidies to make hydrogen as cheap as gasoline

November 13, 2014 - 22:20
Japanese carmakers and the government will work to make hydrogen as affordable as gasoline by shouldering a portion of the costs to operate fueling stations nationwide. (Nikkei)
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Honda launches jet aircraft business

November 13, 2014 - 21:53
Honda Motor Co. launched aircraft-related business on Wednesday by beginning production of jet engines at its factory in Burlington, N.C. (The Japan News)
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Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks' success

November 11, 2014 - 22:59
Above the converging crowds at the famous Shibuya scramble crossing in Tokyo glows the unmissable bright green sign of Starbucks, a magnet that pulls in a steady stream of hip, young Japanese. (
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Japan's 'Butter refugees' cry over spilt milk as butter shortage hit Christmas baking

November 11, 2014 - 06:50
Japanese shoppers are up in arms over a serious butter shortage that has forced Tokyo to resort to emergency imports, as some grocers limit sales to one block per customer. (
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In wake of meat scandal, McDonald's Japan losing not only customers, but employees, too

November 10, 2014 - 22:55
It's been a pretty rough year for McDonald's in Japan, in the same way that getting hit by a bus on your way to work would make for a rough morning. (
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