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Disney Pixar's new movie attracts criticism again in Japan

April 20, 2015 - 22:36
Other than a brief trial separation, Disney and Pixar have been working hard together to make some of the best family-friendly movies over the past two decades. (Japan Today)
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Toyota unveils hybrid models for Chinese market

April 20, 2015 - 22:28
Japan's Toyota Motor has unveiled new hybrid models for the Chinese market that for the first time use locally-developed motors and batteries. (NHK)
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Kintetsu's flagship store opens salon geared toward foreign tourists

April 20, 2015 - 11:28
Kintetsu Department Store's flagship store in Abeno Harukasu, the tallest building in Japan, opened a salon Monday that caters exclusively to tourists from abroad. (Japan Times)
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Japan starts buying real estate again

April 19, 2015 - 22:13
Tokio Marine Holdings, one of Japan's oldest insurers, is joining its Chinese peers in investing in property overseas - but with a twist. (
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ANA to invest in Skymark as rehabilitation sponsor

April 18, 2015 - 09:14
ANA Holdings Inc. <9202> plans to provide Skymark Airlines with support measures, including investment, as a rehabilitation sponsor for the bankrupt airline, informed sources said Saturday. (Jiji Press)
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Samsung taking its name off Japanese smartphones

April 17, 2015 - 23:55
Samsung Electronics will no longer put its name on the Galaxy smartphones it sells in Japan. (Nikkei)
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More women sue Kanebo over skin problems

April 17, 2015 - 23:23
A group of 27 women in Tokyo and nearby prefectures on Friday sued Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. at Tokyo District Court for damages totaling 487 million yen for skin problems caused by Kanebo products. (Jiji Press)
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WikiLeaks creates online archive of hacked Sony documents

April 17, 2015 - 08:09
Sony’s hacking problems aren’t over yet. Whistleblower site WikiLeaks put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year’s crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online archive on Thursday. (Japan Times)
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UK's Dyson chooses Tokyo for first store

April 16, 2015 - 23:07
Dyson, the British company known for its futuristic vacuums and fans, will make Tokyo the home of its only directly run store in the world, opening the outlet Friday as part of a campaign to bolster its already-strong presence in the Japanese market. (Nikkei)
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FamilyMart ordered to accept labor talks with franchisees

April 16, 2015 - 22:42
The Tokyo metropolitan government's Labor Relations Commission on Thursday ordered FamilyMart Co. to accept collective labor negotiations with a union of convenience store owners who are FamilyMart franchisees. (Jiji Press)
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Sharp to sell head office, close LCD TV production plant

April 16, 2015 - 22:27
Sharp Corp. plans to close its liquid crystal display television production plant north of Tokyo and sell its head office in Osaka in an effort to turn its business around, a restructuring plan proposed to its creditor banks showed Thursday. (Kyodo)
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McDonald's to close over 130 outlets

April 16, 2015 - 12:19
The top executive of McDonald's Holdings Japan says the company will close a total of 131 restaurants and ask 100 full-time employees to retire early. (NHK)
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Asiana boss apologizes for botched jet landing

April 16, 2015 - 12:00
Asiana Airlines Vice President Akiyoshi Yamamura apologized Thursday to passengers and their families over Tuesdays's botched landing at Hiroshima Airport. (Japan Times)
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Japan govt fully backs opening of USJ park in Okinawa: Suga

April 15, 2015 - 22:42
The Japanese government will fully support a plan to open a Universal Studios Japan theme park in Okinawa Prefecture, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Skymark to wipe out capital for debt repayments

April 14, 2015 - 23:52
Skymark Airlines plans to use up its entire capital to reduce a heavy debt load exceeding assets, according to a preliminary rehabilitation plan submitted to the court. (Nikkei)
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Aeon, other retailers plan big spending on renovations

April 14, 2015 - 23:43
Japanese retail giant Aeon will sharply increase capital spending on its domestic stores this fiscal year, focusing on renovation rather than new openings. (Nikkei)
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Doughnut battle heats up in Japan

April 14, 2015 - 23:15
Major Japanese convenience store chains are stepping up their fight for a bite of the doughnut market, following Seven-Eleven Japan Co.'s pioneering move to launch its ring-shaped confection in autumn. (Jiji Press)
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Abe pledges to help spread hydrogen stations

April 14, 2015 - 05:18
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to speed up the spread of fuel-cell cars and hydrogen stations in Japan. (NHK)
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Japan regrets Taiwan plan to tighten food import regulations

April 14, 2015 - 05:14
Japan on Tuesday voiced strong regret over Taiwan's announcement that it will tighten regulations on food imports from Japan possibly in mid-May. (Kyodo)
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Pair of top-quality mangoes sell for 2,500 dollars

April 13, 2015 - 23:10
A pair of mangoes has sold for 2,500 US dollars at the first auction of the season, tying the record set last year. (NHK)
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