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Trader Mitsubishi to record 1st loss

March 24, 2016 - 18:42
Trading firm Mitsubishi Corp. said on Thursday it would post its first ever annual loss in the year to March 31, totalling ¥150 billion, hurt by massive writedowns from a slump in commodities. (
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Skymark set to emerge from bankruptcy

March 23, 2016 - 19:24
With plans now in place to pay all of its creditors, civil rehabilitation proceedings for Japanese airline Skymark are likely to wrap up at the end of March. (Nikkei)
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Hon Hai-Sharp deal's nearly monthlong delay raises risk of rupture

March 22, 2016 - 01:41
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.'s delay in finalizing a takeover agreement for Sharp Corp. is raising risks that the deal the Taiwanese company has pursued for months will fall apart before it's completed. (Japan Times)
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Sony to let top staffers pick new positions within group

March 22, 2016 - 01:38
Sony will let employees switch between departments on their own initiative, part of efforts to improve mobility of talent within the group. (Nikkei)
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Most Toyota vehicles sold in U.S. to have automatic braking by 2017

March 22, 2016 - 01:26
Toyota Motor Corp. says it will make automatic emergency braking standard on almost all Toyota and Lexus models sold in the U.S. by the end of 2017. (Japan Times)
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Restaurants in Japan enhance recruiting

March 22, 2016 - 01:14
Major restaurant chains in Japan are enhancing recruiting efforts in order to secure part-time workers. (NHK)
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New Hitachi-built train 'Azuma' unveiled in London

March 20, 2016 - 22:00
A new high-speed train built by the Japanese manufacturer Hitachi has been unveiled at King's Cross station in London. (NHK)
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Tokyo ward to get rid of rats before Tsukiji relocation

March 20, 2016 - 01:05
The Chuo Ward government will launch measures to exterminate rats in cooperation with the Tokyo metropolitan government prior to Tsukiji Market's relocation in November. (
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Toshiba unveils turnaround plan

March 18, 2016 - 20:55
Officials at electronics firm Toshiba say they are aiming for a turnaround in the year to March 2017 by focusing on its core semiconductor and energy operations. (NHK)
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Honda to challenge European supercars with US-made NSX

March 17, 2016 - 20:32
Honda Motor is gearing up to take a second stab at the top-end sports car market dominated by European heavyweights by bringing out a state-of-the-art vehicle made in the U.S. Aside from the car itself, the fact the Japanese automaker chose the U.S. to make the car has intrigued motor enthusiasts. (Nikkei)
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Toshiba to sell appliance unit to Midea Group

March 17, 2016 - 20:23
Struggling Japanese electronics maker Toshiba plans to sell its refrigerator and other so-called white goods business to China's Midea Group. (NHK)
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Toshiba discloses more accounting irregularities

March 16, 2016 - 20:30
Officials at Japanese electronics maker Toshiba have admitted to 7 additional cases of accounting irregularities involving a total of more than 50 million dollars. (NHK)
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Non-alcoholic beer from Suntory

March 15, 2016 - 23:54
If you're looking for a calorie-free, non-intoxicating alternative to beer, we have good news for you. Suntory Beer Limited's "All Free Collagen", the world's first non-alcoholic beer product to contain collagen, has been revamped with a cute pop-looking can and even more flavor than before. (Japan Today)
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Hotel association clashes with 'minpaku' side at govt meeting

March 15, 2016 - 23:42
A business association of hotel and inn operators and an Internet "minpaku" intermediary service operator became embroiled in a fierce confrontation at an open discussion held by a government council on Monday. Minpaku refers to vacant rooms or houses rented out to tourists by individual homeowners. (
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Toyota to settle pay scale hike at ¥1,500

March 15, 2016 - 23:36
Toyota Motor Corp. and its labor union are expected to settle for a pay scale hike of ¥1,500 per month in the ongoing "shunto" annual wage talks, half the level demanded by the union side, informed sources said Tuesday. (
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Sony buys Jackson's stake in music catalog for $750 million

March 15, 2016 - 07:19
Michael Jackson's estate has agreed to sell its remaining stake in a lucrative music catalog to Sony Corp. for $750 million (85 billion yen), the entities announced Monday. (Asahi)
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Japan's newest bullet train line has busy first year

March 14, 2016 - 22:06
Japan's newest bullet train line, now a year old, has led to a better-than-expected threefold increase in the number of rail passengers traveling between Tokyo and Hokuriku and lifted that region's tourism industry. (Nikkei)
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New Shibuya blvd project to kick off

March 14, 2016 - 00:14
Tokyo's Shibuya Ward is to kick-start development of a boulevard focusing on the famous "scramble crossing" in front of Shibuya Station. It aims to create a sense of unity between the Miyamasuzaka and the Dogenzaka districts located to the east and west of the station. (
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High-rise buildings soar in central Tokyo

March 12, 2016 - 23:38
Dozens of new high-rise office, commercial and other buildings are scheduled to open in central Tokyo in the years leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. (
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TEPCO president vows to fulfill responsibility

March 12, 2016 - 00:50
The president of Tokyo Electric Power Company has pledged that the utility will fulfill its responsibility for dealing with the aftermath of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. (NHK)
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