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Takata airbag recall expands to 69 million

May 5, 2016 - 23:24
US Transportation Department officials say as many as 40 million additional vehicles with Takata airbags will be subject to recall. (NHK)
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Tourists flocking to Tokyo hotels despite rising prices

May 3, 2016 - 01:06
Average occupancy at 18 major Tokyo hotels edged up 0.1 percentage point to 83.8% in the year ended in March -- staying in the 80% range seen as near full occupancy -- even as hotels hike rates, though recent data shows signs of a downtrend. (Nikkei)
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Annual 'Cool Biz' energy-saving casual wear campaign kicks off

May 2, 2016 - 09:48
Japan on Monday began its annual "Cool Biz" campaign, which encourages workers to dress more casually to help reduce energy use, with government offices allowing polo shirts, Hawaiian-style aloha shirts and similar attire. (Japan Times)
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Mitsubishi Motors drags on Nissan as minicar sales fall 51%

May 2, 2016 - 09:46
Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s fuel economy testing fraud has hit its partner Nissan Motor Co. in domestic showrooms, with the latter automaker posting a steeper plunge in April minicar sales and overall market share. (Japan Times)
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Top companies move to hire more foreign employees

May 2, 2016 - 00:23
Japan's top companies are increasingly moving to give foreign people permanent contracts, judging that the benefits of diversification are well worth the challenges. (Japan Times)
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Mitsubishi Heavy shows off megacruiser at German port

April 30, 2016 - 00:43
HAMBURG, Germany -- A giant cruise liner constructed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries opened its doors here Friday ahead of its entry into regular service. (Nikkei)
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Nintendo disappoints without mobile Mario game and no new console

April 28, 2016 - 06:46
Nintendo Co. is easing into its newfound role as a mobile game publisher, but not fast enough for investors expecting a Mario-scale hit. (Japan Times)
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Hitachi Chemical admits fixing prices

April 28, 2016 - 06:37
The US Department of Justice has announced that Japan's Hitachi Chemical will plead guilty to fixing prices of electrolytic capacitors. (NHK)
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Japanese retailers, manufacturers fine-tune marketing approach to Chinese tourists

April 27, 2016 - 22:22
Japanese manufacturers and retailers are increasingly targeting big-spending Chinese visitors, with many recently shifting their focus from group tours to independent travelers. (Japan Times)
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Cat cafes in Japan to be allowed to open until 10 p.m.

April 27, 2016 - 22:10
The Environment Ministry plans to permanently allow cat cafes to stay open until 10 p.m. from June, extending a temporary measure after finding the later hours make little difference to the animals' stress, ministry officials said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Toshiba takes hit from Westinghouse write-down

April 27, 2016 - 00:25
Troubled conglomerate Toshiba announced Tuesday it had booked a $2.3 billion write-down of its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse but said the sale of its medical devices business would reduce its forecast net loss for the year ended March. (Japan Today)
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Mitsubishi Motors ignores mileage data rules for 25 yrs

April 27, 2016 - 00:14
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Tuesday that it has ignored state regulations on ways to collect vehicle fuel economy test data for 25 years. (Jiji Press)
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Toyota world No. 1 again

April 27, 2016 - 00:09
The Toyota Motor Corp. group ranked top in global vehicle sales in fiscal 2015, overtaking Volkswagen AG of Germany, data released Tuesday by the Japanese automaker showed. (
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Mitsubishi Motors faked 4-wheel-drive vehicle data

April 26, 2016 - 08:31
NHK has learned that automaker Mitsubishi Motors used data from 2-wheel-drive vehicles when providing regulators with 4-wheel-drive test figures. (NHK)
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Rakuten to let golfers test out drone delivery

April 26, 2016 - 00:26
Rakuten will use drones to deliver beverages and other items at a golf course in Japan starting next month, a step toward expanding their use to e-commerce delivery. (Nikkei)
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Toyota to produce plug-in hybrid cars in China

April 25, 2016 - 12:42
Toyota Motor has announced plans to produce and sell plug-in hybrid cars in China. The company wants to take advantage of a growing demand there for fuel-efficient vehicles. (NHK)
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Internal MMC team to probe false data

April 24, 2016 - 19:47
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) plans to set up an internal investigation team to gain a clearer overall picture of how data was falsified for fuel efficiency tests, but the effectiveness of such efforts remains questionable given the string of wrongdoings that have been revealed. (
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GM to shut four plants temporarily after Japan quakes

April 23, 2016 - 00:19
General Motors Co. said Friday that it will shut down production at four North American assembly plants for two weeks starting Monday due to supply-chain problems caused by the recent earthquakes in Japan. (
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Food, diapers, and free wifi: Japan relies on 7-11 to lead earthquake relief efforts

April 23, 2016 - 00:13
Japan's convenience stores have mobilized to help victims of the Kumamoto earthquakes. (
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Mitsubishi Motors to pay owners of fuel-cheating cars

April 23, 2016 - 00:08
Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors plans to compensate customers in a bid to limit the fallout from a fuel-efficiency cheating scandal, the Nikkei reported on Saturday. (
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