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Kyushu Railway to go public by fiscal 2016

July 7, 2014 - 23:47
Japan's transport ministry is weighing plans for an initial public offering by Kyushu Railway, one of the last government-owned blocs of the old national rail network. (Nikkei)
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McDonald's Japan marks 8% sales decline in June

July 7, 2014 - 23:42
McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) said Monday that its same-store sales in June fell 8 percent from last year, down for the fifth straight month. (The Japan News)
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White spot affliction still a black mark for Kanebo

July 7, 2014 - 00:08
The problem of white spots afflicting the skin of some users of Kanebo Cosmetics Inc.'s products continues to have a negative impact on the company. Friday marked one year to the day since the Tokyo-based firm announced the existence of the damage to people's health. (The Japan News)
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Top-notch Japanese grapes fetch a record $5,400: reports

July 6, 2014 - 23:33
A bridal couple at a wedding venue in Ishikawa Prefecture will have a special treat at their banquet: a bunch of fresh, juicy grapes that cost a record $5,400. (Japan Times)
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Japan sees grilled eel prices falling

July 5, 2014 - 10:57
Grilled eel prices have been dropping in Japan after years of sharp rise due to expectations of an increased supply. (Jiji Press)
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Banking group drafts guidelines for online theft compensation

July 5, 2014 - 10:55
Japan's top banking industry group has drafted new guidelines on how banks should compensate companies, especially small and midsize ones, for damage from online money theft, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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Nissan opens new plant in Thailand

July 5, 2014 - 00:05
Thailand will continue to play a major role for Japanese automakers as a manufacturing and export base. (The Nation)
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Anime cosplay models encourage us to try a new energy drink, we happily comply

July 4, 2014 - 00:00
Two of the simplest, most effective ways to craft a marketing campaign in Japan is to cram your promotions full of either anime characters or girls in bikinis. (
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Japan's brewers quench summer thirst with canned cocktails as beer sales slide

July 3, 2014 - 04:11
Japanese brewers will release their longest-ever line-up of canned cocktails this summer as fizzy concoctions come to the fore in efforts to offset a decade of declining beer sales. (Reuters)
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Sanrio's Puroland theme park still bleeding red ink

July 3, 2014 - 00:06
Sanrio, the company behind Hello Kitty, will experiment with longer operating hours and take other steps in an effort to stem the losses at an indoor amusement park in Japan. (Nikkei)
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Worker revolts complicate life for Japanese business in China

July 2, 2014 - 23:51
A rising tide of strikes and demands for recompense is forcing Japanese companies to reconsider how they treat employees at their Chinese operations. (Nikkei)
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NEC to seek satellite orders from abroad

July 2, 2014 - 23:48
Japanese electronics maker NEC is eyeing rising global demand for satellites. The company has unveiled a new plant to produce satellites in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Japan opens bidding for Sendai Airport rights in privatization drive

July 1, 2014 - 17:57
Japan has opened the bidding for rights to operate facilities at Sendai Airport, the nation's 10th busiest, the first step of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive to increase private investment in public infrastructure as he tackles bloated government debt. (Reuters)
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Yamaha's futuristic TRICITY extends growing world of personal mobility

July 1, 2014 - 17:19
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced on July 1 the Japan-market release of the TRICITY, the first in a series of vehicles that offer users new values through Yamaha's "Leaning Multi Wheel (L.M.W.)" mechanism. (
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AirAsia to reenter Japanese low-cost flight market

July 1, 2014 - 17:14
Malaysia-based low-cost carrier AirAsia plans to team up with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten and other firms to reenter the Japanese market. (NHK)
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Aeon opens Cambodia's largest mall

June 30, 2014 - 22:40
Consumers in Cambodia are crowding a newly-opened shopping center as the country's economy gains steam. It's one of the largest malls in the nation and was built by major Japanese retailer Aeon. (NHK)
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Communications ministry calls for end of SIM lock

June 30, 2014 - 22:36
Japan's communications ministry has proposed that mobile phone carriers remove SIM locks from their handsets. This will give subscribers freedom to choose their mobile operator network. (NHK)
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Japan told to do more to combat money laundering and terrorist financing

June 29, 2014 - 23:48
Japan has failed to address deficiencies in its measures to halt money laundering and terrorist financing, and should step up its efforts to do so, an international watchdog said. (
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HondaJet makes 1st flight

June 29, 2014 - 23:19
HondaJet, the first small passenger aircraft developed by a Honda Motor Co. subsidiary, has made its maiden flight in the United States, according to the company. (The Japan News)
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Why 'Frozen' is the most popular movie to hit Japan in a decade

June 29, 2014 - 00:22
Frozen, the Disney cartoon-musical that swept the US in late 2013 and early 2014 only arrived in Japan in mid-March. And since then, it's completely taken over the country. (Quartz)
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