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Toilet paper business on a roll in Japan

June 20, 2018 - 23:08
Japanese paper manufacturers were expecting a shrinking market due to the declining population but are expanding output instead due to an unexpected boost -- a surge in foreign tourists pushing up demand, inevitably, for toilet paper. (Japan Today)
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Bad debt from cash advances piles up at Japan's megabanks

June 20, 2018 - 23:04
Japan's largest banks have buoyed earnings with high-interest cash advances over the last few years, but these loans are starting to take a toll as irrecoverable debt piles up. (Nikkei)
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After Mercari, Japanese unicorns closer to extinction

June 20, 2018 - 00:15
Following Mercari's blockbuster stock market debut Tuesday, Japan's lineup of unlisted startups valued above $1 billion has shrunk to basically two, underscoring the domestic tech industry's persistent failure to cultivate unicorns. (Nikkei)
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Catches of baby Japanese eels 2nd lowest on record

June 19, 2018 - 23:44
Domestic catches of baby Japanese eels in the 2018 fishing season hit the second-lowest level since the 1982 start of the existing data, Japan's Fisheries Agency said Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Marketplace app firm goes public

June 19, 2018 - 23:41
The Japanese operator of a popular app that matches buyers and sellers of used goods has gone public. (NHK)
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Companies halt operations in western Japan after quake

June 18, 2018 - 21:45
Many companies in the Kinki western Japan region suspended operations Monday to check for possible damage and confirm the safety of their employees after a strong earthquake rocked the region in the morning. (Jiji)
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Airbnb offers new services day before minpaku law kicks in

June 14, 2018 - 20:38
A day before a new law on minpaku (private lodging services) takes effect, Airbnb Inc. on Thursday welcomed the change and reinforced its commitment to the Japanese market with fresh initiatives. (Japan Times)
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Amazon Japan to share complaint information with product safety body

June 13, 2018 - 21:25
To help prevent home accidents, Amazon Japan K.K. and a public entity that evaluates product safety signed an agreement Wednesday under which the online retail giant will share complaint information on consumer goods and home electronics. (Japan Times)
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Toyota to invest $1 bil. in Grab

June 13, 2018 - 21:12
Japan's Toyota Motor is stepping up its alliance with Southeast Asia's leading ride-hailing firm amid growing interest in such services worldwide. (NHK)
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Nara to abolish usage fees for Sento-kun mascot

June 13, 2018 - 21:11
The Nara prefectural government said Wednesday that it will make the use of Sento-kun, the official mascot of the western Japan prefecture, free of charge from August. (Jiji)
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What if Google bought Opiria?

June 13, 2018 - 11:24
Opiria is gaining more and more exposure as of late, which is unsurprising given their creative and original idea. (
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Cool Japan Fund drops Malaysia store

June 11, 2018 - 19:57
The Cool Japan Fund is pulling out of a department store joint venture in Kuala Lumpur. The public-private institution invests in projects that promote Japanese goods and services overseas. (NHK)
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Mercari's top-of-range IPO set to make founder Shintaro Yamada a new Japanese billionaire

June 11, 2018 - 19:48
Mercari Inc. priced its initial public offering at the top of the range to sell ¥130.5 billion ($1.2 billion) worth of shares, a valuation that's set to make its 40-year-old founder a billionaire. (Japan Times)
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International Tokyo Toy Show delivers on the 'global' for 2018

June 7, 2018 - 20:25
The International Tokyo Toy Show 2018 opened to buyers and the media on Thursday with "global" being a keyword for Japan's largest toy industry showcase as it began a four-day residency at Tokyo Big Sight. (Kyodo)
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HondaJet to be sold in Japan

June 6, 2018 - 23:54
Japan's Honda Motor says it will start selling its small business jet in the country. (NHK)
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Subaru finds more cars affected by data fabrication, leading to shake-up of top management

June 5, 2018 - 21:26
Subaru Corp. said Tuesday it has found new cases of product data fabrication, bringing the total number of affected vehicles to 1,551, up from the previously reported 903, and prompting a revamp of its top management. (Japan Times)
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Toshiba Memory mulls changing company name next year

June 4, 2018 - 18:34
Toshiba Memory Corp., the world's second-largest maker of NAND flash memory chips, is considering changing its name in 2019 as it seeks to introduce a new brand and raise its profile in the intensely competitive market. (Japan Times)
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Coca-Cola picks Kyushu to launch its first-ever alcoholic drink

May 29, 2018 - 03:44
Coca-Cola has chosen Japan to launch its first alcoholic beverage, debuting on Monday a fizzy, lemon-flavored concoction called Lemon-Do that seeks to capitalize on the growing popularity of chūhai drinks. (Japan Times)
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Japan, China and South Korea agree to seek lower international roaming fees

May 29, 2018 - 03:35
Japanese, Chinese and South Korean communications ministers agreed Monday to reduce international roaming fees. (Japan Times)
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Yubari melons fetch record 3.2 million yen in 1st auction this season

May 27, 2018 - 23:00
A pair of famous Yubari brand melons sold for an all-time high of 3.2 million yen in this season's first auction at the wholesale market in Sapporo, Hokkaido, on Saturday. (Jiji)
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