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Japan, U.S., EU win rare earth dispute with China

March 26, 2014 - 22:20
The World Trade Organization said Wednesday that China's curbs on rare earth exports violate global trade rules. (Jiji Press)
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Snowstorm payments to reach Y100 billion

March 25, 2014 - 21:57
Nonlife insurance payments related to February's snowstorms, which mainly hit the Kanto and Koshin regions, are expected to top ¥100 billion, according to industry sources. (The Japan News)
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Japan lifts offshore wind tariff, cuts solar prices

March 25, 2014 - 21:40
Japan will lift the amount utilities must pay for electricity from offshore wind farms while cutting prices for power fed in from solar projects, as the country looks to diversify its use of renewable energy. (Reuters)
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Why has Japan's CD market suddenly gone into decline?

March 24, 2014 - 22:21
With tales of the music industry's demise being relayed for a while now, it should come as little surprise that a 3.9 per cent slump in 2013 global music sales was announced last week. (
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Agency to cut bluefin tuna catch by half

March 23, 2014 - 22:21
The Fisheries Agency has decided to dramatically cut the nation's catch of immature Pacific bluefin tuna, in a bid to replenish the rapidly falling population of the prized fish. (The Japan News)
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North Europe variety stores branching out into Japan

March 22, 2014 - 23:25
Variety store chains from northern Europe have been branching out into Japan, attracting customers with inexpensive products that are also stylish and well-made. (The Japan News)
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Toyota to end lock out at Indian plants

March 20, 2014 - 23:25
Toyota Motor Corp's (7203.T) Indian unit has decided to end a lock out at its two local vehicle plants, five days after declaring a suspension of production due to a pay dispute with workers. (Reuters)
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Pro-N.Korea group property to be sold for $22 mil

March 20, 2014 - 08:56
A Tokyo property belonging to a pro-North Korea group will be sold to an estate company based in Takamatsu, western Japan. (NHK)
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Jim Beam buy helps Japan's Suntory latch onto U.S. bourbon craze

March 19, 2014 - 22:15
If anyone should find it odd that a Japanese distillery was planning to merge with a U.S. bourbon brand steeped in the history of the American South, the answer could be found on a cocktail menu. (
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McDonald's Japan lowering price of regular hamburger to Y100

March 19, 2014 - 21:43
McDonald's Co. (Japan) said Wednesday it will lower the price of its regular hamburger to ¥100 from ¥120 including tax, bucking the trend of price increases in the restaurant industry. (Japan Times)
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Toyota to pay 1.2-billion-dollar penalty in U.S.

March 19, 2014 - 21:40
The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> has agreed to pay 1.2 billion dollars in financial penalty over the unintended sudden acceleration problem that led to massive recalls by the leading Japanese automaker in the United States in 2009-2010. (Jiji Press)
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Fast Retailing halts talks to buy J. Crew

March 19, 2014 - 21:19
Fast Retailing Co., the operator of Uniqlo casual clothing stores, has abandoned talks to buy U.S. rival J. Crew Group Inc., The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Eel prices expected to drop this summer

March 18, 2014 - 22:00
Eel prices are expected to drop this summer due to a good haul of baby eels, a reversal from the prolonged slump in catches. (The Japan News)
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7.7 percent of Japanese use online newspapers: survey

March 18, 2014 - 21:56
Some 7.7 pct of Japanese read online versions of newspapers in 2013, far below the number of people who read their news in print, a survey conducted by the Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association revealed Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan drags down global music market

March 18, 2014 - 21:42
A sharp decline in music consumption in Japan caused overall global growth to slow down in 2013, according to figures from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). (BBC)
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Honda recalls Odyssey minivans in North America

March 17, 2014 - 07:51
Honda Motor is recalling more than 880,000 Odyssey minivans sold in North America. The problem is a part that could break and cause a fuel leak, which could be a fire hazard. (NHK)
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Poor catches off Africa pushing up octopus prices in Japan

March 15, 2014 - 23:34
Common octopus prices are rising ahead of the spring high-demand season in Japan, due chiefly to sharp drops in catches in the world's well-known fishing grounds off Morocco and Mauritania since last summer. (Jiji Press)
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Toshiba leaker boasted of big money

March 14, 2014 - 23:52
The 52-year-old engineer arrested on suspicion of divulging Toshiba Corp. research data on flash memory to a major South Korean competitor may have been rewarded with a large sum of money from the firm in return, according to the Metropolitan Police Agency. (The Japan News)
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Japan to revise copyright law to cover e-books

March 14, 2014 - 23:40
The Japanese government plans to revise the country's copyright law to prevent the illegal distribution of e-books. (NHK)
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Hospital: Novartis worker involved in research

March 14, 2014 - 23:36
The hospital that led clinical research for a new leukemia drug made by Novartis Pharma says the drug maker's employees were involved in the research from the outset and were in charge of data analysis. (NHK)
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