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Honda recalling Fit hybrid for 5th time

October 24, 2014 - 04:38
Honda Motor is recalling several models, including the Fit hybrid, for defects. (NHK)
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Toyota leads way as Japan's automakers reap record profits

October 23, 2014 - 23:37
Japanese automakers are flying high on brisk North American sales and a weaker yen, with Toyota Motor expected to report a record operating profit for the six months through September. (Nikkei)
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Japan's plan to legalise casinos likely to be delayed again, official says

October 21, 2014 - 01:03
Japan's plan to legalise casino gambling has likely been delayed again, a senior official said on Monday, dealing a further political blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (
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Japan's Java wars: Convenience stores angle for coffee market crown

October 21, 2014 - 00:59
Japan's convenience store operators are jostling for eminence in a famously cut-throat industry, and one product has come up trumps for the market's top players - coffee. (Reuters)
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New sakes promoted to young drinkers

October 21, 2014 - 00:50
This year's sake brewing season has begun, and newly harvested rice is being shipped across the nation. (The Japan News)
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Fujifilm says to make Avigan anti-flu drug for more Ebola patients

October 21, 2014 - 00:01
Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp <4901.T> said on Monday it was expanding the production of its Avigan anti-influenza drug to reach an additional number of Ebola patients. (Reuters)
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N. American tuna imports rise in Japan despite weak yen

October 20, 2014 - 23:39
Imports of bluefin tuna caught in the Atlantic Ocean off the North American coast are rising in Japan, although many other fishery products from overseas have been hit by the yen's recent sharp depreciation. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo-Nagoya maglev train project OK'd

October 18, 2014 - 01:48
The government on Friday approved Central Japan Railway Co.'s plan to construct the Linear Chuo Shinkansen line, paving the way for the 2027 start of magnetic levitation train service connecting Tokyo and Nagoya in 40 minutes. (The Japan News)
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Recruit makes strong debut on TSE

October 16, 2014 - 22:18
Major information service firm and staffing agency Recruit Holdings Co. made a strong debut on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday in the biggest initial public offering in Japan this year. (The Japan News)
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Toyota to recall 1.67 million vehicles globally

October 15, 2014 - 22:25
Toyota said Wednesday it would recall 1.67 million vehicles globally over brake problems and other glitches that pose a fire risk, the latest in a string of problems for the world's biggest automaker. (Japan Today)
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Japan to get pair of electric Volkswagens

October 15, 2014 - 12:32
Japan's electric vehicle market is off to a slow start, but German automaker Volkswagen is about to give it a go anyway. (Nikkei)
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Japan's weapons-makers now open for business

October 14, 2014 - 22:49
Often dubbed a hawkish nationalist, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has lived up to his billing. Since he returned to power in late 2012, Japan has seen two consecutive rises in defense spending, as well as a record third request for Y5.5 trillion, currently under deliberation. (Japan Today)
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Uniqlo to cut delivery times with logistics hub

October 14, 2014 - 22:42
The casual clothing chain Uniqlo will establish a Tokyo logistics hub that will enable it to deliver products to some areas on the same day they are ordered online. (NHK)
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Benesse leak accused admits copying customer data, but says he did not know it was wrong

October 14, 2014 - 07:02
A systems engineer on Tuesday admitted copying information about millions of customers from the computer servers of education service provider Benesse Corp., but he told a court he did not know the data was confidential. (Japan Times)
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Mazda Demio wins Japan car of the year award

October 13, 2014 - 22:27
Mazda Motor Corp.'s Demio compact car has won the car of the year Japan award for 2014 to 2015, the CTYJ executive committee, comprising representatives from automotive and other magazines, announced Monday. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo court rules that hotels must pay NHK fees according to the number of rooms with TVs

October 13, 2014 - 22:16
a recent court decision seems to be taking the issue of NHK licensing fees in a whole new direction. On October 9, Tokyo District Court ruled in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit that the management company behind three Tokyo hotels must first enter into a contract with the public broadcaster. (
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Narita Airport to discount fees for low-cost carriers

October 10, 2014 - 23:51
Narita Airport plans to charge lower usage fees for flights out of a new budget carrier terminal slated for completion next year, aiming to attract more flights amid intensifying competition from rival Haneda Airport. (Nikkei)
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Rise in bluefin tuna quota expected

October 9, 2014 - 22:17
Fishing quotas for bluefin tuna allocated to Japan and other nations in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea will likely be expanded by a total of about 10,000 tons annually next year and beyond, based on a consensus reached at an intergovernmental tuna conservation panel. (The Japan News)
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Fast Retailing eyes 100 billion yen net profit this fiscal year

October 9, 2014 - 22:16
The company behind the Uniqlo clothing chain projected Thursday that net profit will climb 34% to 100 billion yen ($915 million) this fiscal year on aggressive expansion abroad and strong sales at home. (Nikkei)
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Chat app Line aims to transform into 'lifeline'

October 9, 2014 - 22:07
The Japanese provider of the Line messaging application on Thursday announced new services integral to daily life, including finance and music, with the aim of turning the app into an essential part of users' lives. (Nikkei)
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