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Want your own private island? We visited one for sale off the coast of Japan

October 24, 2015 - 00:07
Who wouldn't want to have their own private island? Imagine being able to get away from the world whenever you liked, free yourself from the stress of the daily grind and just relax under the sun or the nighttime stars on the beach. (
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Jet test flight delayed again

October 23, 2015 - 23:45
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has postponed a test flight of its jet scheduled for next week. (NHK)
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Emissions cheating software found in 36 Volkswagen vehicles in Japan

October 23, 2015 - 23:34
At least 36 of 230 diesel vehicles made by Germany's Volkswagen AG and privately imported to Japan were found equipped with software designed to cheat emissions tests, transport minister Keiichi Ishii said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Mazda resurrects rotary engine for sport concept

October 22, 2015 - 22:03
Mazda Motor will exhibit a rotary-engine concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show, fueling hopes for a revival of its signature technology. (Nikkei)
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Asahi Kasei unit worker involved in 41 projects

October 22, 2015 - 21:53
An employee of Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Corp. at the center of a data-manipulation scandal related to a tilting condominium in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, has taken part in a total of 41 construction projects across Japan since January 2004, its parent said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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NPA panel eyes rules for self-driving cars

October 22, 2015 - 21:46
Work to create rules for putting self-driving vehicles into practical use is kicking into high gear as progress continues on the development of such vehicles. (The Japan News)
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Lingerie maker Triumph chooses image girls for 2016

October 22, 2015 - 11:26
Models Yukiko Kawabe, 24, left, and Chika Nakagawa, 22, have been chosen as the new image girls for lingerie maker Triumph International Japan in 2016. (Japan Today)
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Youth-focused models to be unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show

October 21, 2015 - 21:17
Japanese automakers will unveil prototypes of their world premiere models targeting young people at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, which begins at Tokyo Big Sight with the preview day on Oct. 29. (Jiji Press)
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NTT Docomo to sell insurance products in tie-up with Nippon Life

October 20, 2015 - 22:26
A tie-up between mobile phone carrier NTT Docomo Inc. and Nippon Life Insurance Co. will see Docomo selling insurance policies at its stores in Japan, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. The carrier is seeking new revenue sources amid government pressure to lower its charges. (Japan Times)
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Japan eyes expansion of private lodging to boost tourism

October 20, 2015 - 22:11
Japan is considering allowing ride-hailing services and expanding private-residence lodging to lure more foreign tourists. (Nikkei)
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Dodgy data, construction shake trust in Asahi Kasei business

October 20, 2015 - 21:59
Revelations of mismanagement and data tampering in the construction of a Yokohama apartment complex threaten to undermine one of the pillars of Asahi Kasei's business. (Nikkei)
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Govt to forgo beer tax reform in FY16

October 20, 2015 - 21:48
The government and ruling camp are likely to forgo a beer tax overhaul under annual tax system reforms for fiscal 2016, which starts in April, informed sources said Monday. (The Japan News)
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Universal Studios Japan cracking down on ticket scalping

October 20, 2015 - 00:13
Rampant ticket scalping has angered the operator of Osaka-based theme park Universal Studios Japan so much that it's taking a zero tolerance approach: use of all resold tickets will be banned starting Nov. 1. (Japan Times)
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Reuters poll finds most of Japan Inc. back bringing in low-skilled foreign labor

October 16, 2015 - 08:26
Three-quarters of Japanese companies support opening up the country to more foreign workers in low-skilled jobs to cope with a rapidly worsening labor shortage, a Reuters poll shows - a stark contrast to deep-seated government reluctance to do so. (Japan Times)
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McDonald's to standardize prices at Japanese stores

October 15, 2015 - 23:34
McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) will shift from location-based to uniform pricing and end popular lunchtime discounts, raising prices overall to regain sales lost to slipping traffic. (Nikkei)
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Asahi Kasei to check piles at 3,000 condos

October 15, 2015 - 23:24
A major Japanese chemicals manufacturing firm says it will check data on about 3,000 condominium buildings in the country after finding false data on piling work in reports by one of its subsidiaries at a condo building in Yokohama. (NHK)
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Toyo Tire falsifies data also on antivibration rubber

October 15, 2015 - 00:49
Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. <5105> said Wednesday the company has newly found that material test data were falsified for 87,804 antivibration rubber parts for ship engines, railway cars and other industrial equipment. (Jiji Press)
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Toyota promises better mileage and ride with Prius hybrid

October 13, 2015 - 11:38
Toyota Motor Corp. released details for its fourth-generation Prius on Oct. 13, promising that improvements in the battery, engine, wind resistance and weight mean better mileage for the world's top-selling hybrid car. (Asahi)
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Fast Retailing logs record net profit on strong Asian sales

October 8, 2015 - 13:00
Fast Retailing Co. said Thursday it posted a record group net profit of 110.03 billion yen ($918 million) for the business year through August, lifted by robust performance in Asia. (Kyodo)
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Toyota aiding U.S. probe into how Islamic State acquires trucks, SUVs

October 7, 2015 - 22:11
Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is cooperating with the U.S. government's investigation into how the Islamic State is obtaining the Japanese automaker's trucks and sports utility vehicles. (Kyodo)
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