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TEPCO to resume cleanup work at Fukushima Daiichi plant Tue.

February 2, 2015 - 21:50
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday it will resume part of its decommissioning work at the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant from Tuesday after a two-week hiatus in the wake of fatal accidents. (Kyodo)
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Sapporo seeks tax return over quasi-beer

January 31, 2015 - 00:16
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. has asked the National Tax Agency to return Y11.5 billion of extra liquor tax it paid last year over the categorization of its "Goku Zero" popular beer-like product, it was learned Friday. (The Japan News)
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Pro-N. Korea Chongryon property in Tokyo resold

January 29, 2015 - 11:30
A real estate service company that won a court-led auction of the headquarters of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon, has signed a deal to resell the property to another real estate firm, it was learned Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Skymark begins searching for sponsors after bankruptcy

January 29, 2015 - 11:23
Skymark Airlines Inc. expressed its intention Thursday to swiftly find sponsors for restructuring, a day after filing for court protection from creditors, with its new president blaming a weaker yen and ensuing higher fuel costs for its bankruptcy. (Kyodo)
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1,789 file Y100 mil damages suit against Benesse over data leak

January 29, 2015 - 06:54
Lawyers representing 1,789 customers of educational services company Benesse filed a 100 million yen suit for damages against the firm on Thursday over a data leak that affected more than 20 million people last year. (Japan Today)
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Japan's fast-food chains face new headache

January 29, 2015 - 03:52
Already reeling from a handful of scandals, Japan's fast-food industry faces a new problem: diners are no longer heading out for meals like they used to. (
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Lawson to shed 100-yen stores, abandon small supermarkets

January 28, 2015 - 22:22
Lawson will scale back its network of 100-yen (84 cents) convenience stores by over 20% and withdraw from the minisupermarket business to focus more on chains enjoying brisk sales. (Nikkei)
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MRI ordered to pay victims 584 million dollars

January 28, 2015 - 22:06
A US court has ordered investment firm MRI International to pay 584 million dollars in damages to Japanese investors. (NHK)
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Japanese carrier Skymark files for bankruptcy, blames Airbus

January 28, 2015 - 21:48
Japan's leading independent budget airline Skymark Airlines Inc filed for protection from creditors late on Wednesday, blaming a weak yen and a dispute with Airbus Group for its financial straits. (Reuters)
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Toyota's new minivans feature self-parking

January 26, 2015 - 23:36
Toyota Motor has unveiled luxury minivans that can park themselves. (NHK)
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Amazon Japan is cooperating with child porn investigation

January 25, 2015 - 14:51
Amazon Japan is "fully cooperating" with a police investigation into possible sales of child pornography, the local unit of Inc. (AMZN) said in an e-mailed statement. (Bloomberg)
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Govt to check need for butter imports

January 25, 2015 - 02:51
The agriculture ministry will determine three times a year whether to import butter for commercial use as an emergency measure to prevent butter shortages, the ministry has announced. (The Japan News)
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Toyota to increase Mirai production

January 24, 2015 - 01:01
Toyota Motor Corp. said it will increase production in 2016 and later of its Mirai fuel cell vehicle, which was released in Japan in December. (The Japan News)
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KFC Japan runs out of french fries due to U.S. industrial dispute

January 24, 2015 - 00:49
KFC in Japan has stopped selling fries, as industrial disputes that have crimped potato exports from the U.S. took another bite out of the country's fast food market. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo publisher to reprint controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoons in book

January 23, 2015 - 06:29
A publisher in Tokyo will release a book featuring cartoons issued in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which was the target of a terrorist attack earlier this month that left 12 people dead. (Asahi)
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New condos on market up for 1st time in 11 months

January 22, 2015 - 07:40
The number of new condominiums put on sale in the greater Tokyo area in December increased year-on-year for the first time in 11 months. (NHK)
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Japan hopes duty-free zones will lure foreign visitors outside Tokyo, Osaka

January 21, 2015 - 14:34
On a recent weekday, the quaint Ichibangai Shotengai shopping street in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, was crowded with foreign tourists savoring a popular local sweet. (Asahi)
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Toyota crowned world's biggest automaker for third year

January 21, 2015 - 14:28
Toyota Motor Corp. warded off Volkswagen AG to remain the world's top-selling automaker for a third consecutive year, driven by record U.S. deliveries of its SUVs, according to the 2014 tally announced by the company Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Nissan to make minicars in-house

January 20, 2015 - 00:47
Nissan Motor Co. plans to begin in-house production of minicars in fiscal 2016, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
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Japan's used car sales hit record low in 2014

January 19, 2015 - 07:41
Sales of used vehicles in Japan hit a record low last year. The higher consumption tax discouraged drivers from trading in their old cars for new ones. (NHK)
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