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Electronics retailer Yamada Denki to close 46 stores across Japan

May 24, 2015 - 22:59
Japanese electrical appliance store chain Yamada Denki Co. will close 46 money-losing stores in Japan by the end of May to focus on urban areas where strong demand from foreign visitors is expected, company officials said Sunday. (Kyodo)
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1,000 line up for Starbucks' opening in Tottori

May 23, 2015 - 12:21
About 1,000 people lined up for the opening of Starbucks in Tottori City on Saturday morning. Tottori Prefecture was the final frontier for the popular coffee shop chain that now has more than 1,000 stores in Japan's 47 prefectures. (Japan Today)
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2 Hokkaido melons auctioned for 1.5 million yen

May 22, 2015 - 13:24
A pair of premium melons from Hokkaido, northern Japan, has fetched a price of 1.5 million yen, or about 12,500 dollars, in this year's first auction for the fruit. (NHK)
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Jetstar apologies for barring disabled traveler from flight home

May 22, 2015 - 13:17
Jetstar Asia Airways apologized Thursday for refusing to allow a 38-year-old man with cerebral palsy to board a flight from Bangkok to Japan last year. ()
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McDonald's Japan announces new sales strategies

May 21, 2015 - 23:17
Executives at McDonald's Japan are trying to turn around their business by revamping their menus. They announced a strategy plan for boosting sales following a series of food-safety scandals. (NHK)
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4 out of 9 e-cigarettes sold in Japan produce carcinogen in vapor

May 21, 2015 - 23:03
A health ministry research group found Thursday that four of the nine electronic cigarettes sold in Japan produce vapor with high levels of formaldehyde, known as a carcinogen. (Kyodo)
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Intl. real estate exhibition opens in Japan

May 20, 2015 - 23:14
Japanese real estate companies are holding an international trade fair in Tokyo to attract more overseas investment. (NHK)
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Mazda unveils all-new Roadster

May 20, 2015 - 23:02
Mazda Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it will launch the fourth-generation model of its Roadster two-seat convertible sports car on Thursday. (The Japan News)
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At nearly 34 million units, Takata air bag recall becomes largest-ever in U.S.

May 19, 2015 - 23:04
Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far. (Japan Times)
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NEC raided over rigging bids for TEPCO deals

May 19, 2015 - 22:45
The Fair Trade Commission raided offices related to NEC Corp. and four other companies on Tuesday for alleged bid-rigging for telecommunications equipment maintenance contracts with Tokyo Electric Power Co. (The Japan News)
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ANA's stake in Skymark to be 16.5%

May 19, 2015 - 22:44
ANA Holdings Inc., the parent of All Nippon Airways, is seen obtaining a 16.5 percent stake in Skymark Airlines, as part of rehabilitation support for the failed Japanese airline, informed sources said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Insurance firm uses drones to probe car accidents

May 18, 2015 - 22:41
A major Japanese insurance company is using drones to investigate vehicle accidents. (NHK)
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Bonito bounty

May 17, 2015 - 01:07
A fisherman handles this year's first catch of bonito to land at Onahama fishing port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on Saturday morning. (The Japan News)
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Japan's big banks turn in mixed results for fiscal 2014

May 16, 2015 - 00:44
Earnings at five major Japanese banking groups diverged in the year ended March 31, with differences in growth strategies leading to higher profits at two and declines at the rest. (Nikkei)
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Cannes: Japan's Gaga plans to launch new distribution label

May 16, 2015 - 00:34
Leading Japanese indie distributor Gaga Corp. is planning build on its brand recognition with the Japanese public and to expand the range and number of films it acquires. (
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Honda begins sales of all-new SHUTTLE compact station wagon

May 16, 2015 - 00:11
Honda Motor Co on Friday began sales of the all-new Honda SHUTTLE compact wagon. (Japan Today)
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Wrong accounting bedevils Toshiba

May 15, 2015 - 23:55
Toshiba Corp. faces a risk of expanding losses from accounting irregularities related to infrastructure projects. (The Japan News)
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Sony execs to give up bonuses for 4th year

May 14, 2015 - 23:03
Executives at Sony will be going without their bonuses for the 4th straight year. They are taking responsibility for the firm's reported massive loss for the last business year. (NHK)
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Sharp unveils Y225 billion bailout

May 14, 2015 - 22:54
Sharp Corp. said it had secured a ¥225 billion ($1.9 billion) bailout, its second major bank-led rescue in three years, after falling deep into the red as its smartphone display business was battered by competition from Asian rivals. (The Japan News)
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Toyota, Mazda agree to tie up on eco-friendly, safety technology

May 13, 2015 - 23:17
Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. have agreed to expand their tie-up to include cooperation in the fields of eco-friendly and safety technology, the two companies said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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