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Licca-chan dolls in ANA uniforms to take flight

December 23, 2014 - 23:51
All Nippon Airways Co. on Christmas Day will start selling a line of Japan's popular Licca-chan dolls featuring the company's new flight attendant uniforms, ANA said Dec. 22. (Asahi)
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Japan Post Holdings, units plan to list in Tokyo in Sept

December 23, 2014 - 23:42
The Japanese government plans to list Japan Post Holdings Co Ltd and its banking and insurance units on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in September next year, the Nikkei reported. (Reuters)
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Narita Airport's users top 900 mil.

December 22, 2014 - 23:57
The total number of passengers to pass through Japan's Narita Airport near Tokyo since its opening in 1978 has topped 900 million. (NHK)
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Asahi Shimbun betrays readers' trust: 3rd-party panel

December 22, 2014 - 23:48
The Asahi Shimbun betrayed the trust of its readers by failing to retract promptly articles it published decades ago on the issue of so-called "comfort women," a third-party panel said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan faces specter of a butter-less Christmas

December 22, 2014 - 09:16
Supermarkets in Japan have been rationing butter since spring because of a shortfall in raw milk production. Now, there's concern there won't be enough for the crucial holiday baking season. (
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Japan's soaring demand for cow tongue drives U.S. exports

December 22, 2014 - 06:54
When Manabu Matsumoto took his fiancée to dinner at the Kisuke cow-tongue restaurant in the Japanese city of Sendai recently, the Tokyo couple faced 28 menu choices. (
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67.9-B.-yen beer coupons left unused in Japan

December 21, 2014 - 00:34
Beer coupons worth a total of 67.9 billion yen have yet to be used by Japanese households, a liquor industry survey revealed Saturday. (Jiji Press)
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Idemitsu considering acquisition of Showa Shell

December 21, 2014 - 00:12
Japan's second largest oil distributor Idemitsu Kosan is considering acquiring the 5th-ranked Showa Shell Sekiyu through a tender offer. (NHK)
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Foreign visitors a boon to Japanese retailers

December 19, 2014 - 22:53
Japanese businesses that ordinarily rely on domestic demand are breathing a sigh of relief as foreign tourists flock to duty-free shops and fast-food restaurants. (Nikkei)
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Safety improvement order issued to Airdo airline

December 19, 2014 - 22:29
Japan's transport ministry has ordered Hokkaido-based air carrier Airdo to correct its lax safety management. (NHK)
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E-books, digital music on overseas sites to be taxable

December 19, 2014 - 22:05
The government has decided to levy consumption tax on e-books, digital music and other electronic media sold online by overseas vendors from October, according to sources. (The Japan News)
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Kanto's first hydrogen filling station opens in Tokyo

December 18, 2014 - 23:32
The first filling station in the Kanto area for fuel cell cars that run on compressed hydrogen gas opened in Tokyo's Nerima Ward on Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Japan to launch 24-hour money transfer system in 2018

December 18, 2014 - 22:53
The Japanese Bankers Association said Thursday the banking industry will launch a settlement system to allow instant fund transfers between banks 24 hours a day all year round in Japan from 2018. (Jiji Press)
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TEPCO will not raise power rate in 2015

December 18, 2014 - 08:24
Tokyo Electric Power Company says it will keep electricity rates unchanged for the next year as it found it can cut costs further. (NHK)
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Commercial reminds Japan's tired commuters about the drawbacks of living far away from work

December 18, 2014 - 03:35
Mouth agape, eyes rolled back, head bobbing - when home is an hour or more away and work continues late into the night, the only place for many Japanese office workers to lay their weary head is against a train car window. (
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Sony cancels 'The Interview' Dec. 25 release

December 18, 2014 - 00:11
Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film from its screens. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo's new fish market to open in 2016

December 18, 2014 - 00:04
The Tokyo metropolitan government decided Wednesday to relocate the Tsukiji market, Japan's largest fish market, in Chuo Ward to the Toyosu district of Koto Ward in early November 2016. (Jiji Press)
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JR Tokai starts construction of maglev train stations

December 18, 2014 - 00:01
Central Japan Railway Co., known as JR Tokai, said Wednesday it has started to build underground stations at two terminals for a magnetically levitated train line linking Tokyo and Nagoya, with the aim of starting service in 2027. (Kyodo)
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Reduced cigarette rate to be abolished

December 17, 2014 - 23:59
The government and ruling bloc plan to abolish a reduced tobacco tax rate applied to some brands gradually over several years from fiscal 2015, it has been learned. (The Japan News)
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Over 20,000 bras recalled due to injury fears

December 17, 2014 - 22:49
A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwires suddenly poked out, sometimes while women were wearing them. (Japan Today)
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