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Investors visit candidate site for casino in Osaka

September 1, 2014 - 23:44
Foreign investors visited a candidate site for a casino-based entertainment complex in Osaka, western Japan, on Monday. (NHK)
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Firms rush to invest in news apps

August 31, 2014 - 22:13
Major information technology and telecommunications services companies are forming business ties with start-ups that offer smartphone apps with which users can read the news. (The Japan News)
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Novartis fails to report side effects, fatality

August 30, 2014 - 10:14
Novartis Pharma K.K. said it has failed to report to the health ministry at least 2,579 cases of serious side effects, including a fatality, from its drugs for leukemia and other diseases even though its employees were aware of the problems. (The Japan News)
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Sekisui House kicks off housing phase of Sydney redevelopment project

August 29, 2014 - 23:39
Sekisui House has begun constructing residential buildings in what marks the start of the second stage of the huge Central Park redevelopment project in downtown Sydney. (Nikkei)
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SoftBank, Sprint to offer Sony Xperia smartphone for first time

August 29, 2014 - 23:17
Japanese wireless operator SoftBank Corp will offer a Sony smartphone for the first time, selling a soon-to-be-launched Xperia in Japan, and in the United States via its unit Sprint, sources with knowledge of the matter said. (Japan Today)
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Gov't, airlines discuss measures to deal with pilot shortage

August 29, 2014 - 23:14
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and several Japanese airlines have established a special committee to discuss countermeasures to resolve the serious shortage of pilots. (Japan Today)
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Major banks to cut mortgage rates to lowest levels

August 29, 2014 - 23:11
Major banks in Japan are set to cut fixed interest rates on home loans to their lowest levels ever in September. (NHK)
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China onions' prices spike in Japan after pesticide found

August 29, 2014 - 22:57
The import price of Chinese-grown onions is surging in Japan on reduced supplies after excessive amounts of an agrochemical were detected in them last month. (Nikkei)
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Chinese tourists in Japan: Return of the big spenders

August 29, 2014 - 02:46
The number of Chinese visitors to Japan dropped dramatically after the government of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō nationalized the Senkaku Islands on September 11, 2012. (
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Japan's brokerages seize opportunity as death tax set to rise

August 28, 2014 - 23:30
As Japanese families gathered earlier this month for the traditional "Obon" festival honoring ancestors, some elderly parents broached an awkward but increasingly critical topic: planning for inheritance. (Reuters)
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Datsun mi-DO hatchback unveiled in Moscow

August 28, 2014 - 23:16
Nissan Motor Co. premiered its new Datsun mi-DO hatchback at the Moscow International Automobile Salon, which opened to the media on Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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Airport-style duty-free store to open in Tokyo's Ginza

August 28, 2014 - 08:28
Foreign tourists as well as Japanese travelers headed for international destinations will be able to start their duty-free shopping in central Tokyo from next year. (Asahi)
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Book publishers shout foul over Amazon Japan's new ratings

August 28, 2014 - 08:18
Online retail giant Amazon Japan introduced a new system this summer to rank book publishers, a decision that has not gone down well with its business partners. (Asahi)
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For McDonald's Japan's CEO Sarah Casanova, problems bigger than tainted chinese chicken

August 27, 2014 - 23:27
Is it fate that hands to newly elevated women CEOs problem-plagued and accident prone companies? The women who now lead GM, Yahoo, Ebay, and IBM might have asked themselves this question. (Forbes)
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JAL to fly Mitsubishi Regional Jet at home

August 27, 2014 - 23:14
Japan Airlines will order the regional jet Mitsubishi Aircraft is readying for commercialization in 2017, with plans to cut fuel costs by replacing its old domestic fleet with the energy efficient aircraft. (Nikkei)
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Line hoping to parlay user network into big e-commerce payout

August 27, 2014 - 23:11
Line, provider of a popular free chat app, is throwing its hat in the red-hot online shopping market, betting that its vast domestic user base will make it a formidable presence in a field dominated by three industry titans: Rakuten, Amazon Japan and Yahoo. (Nikkei)
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Korean hostess club in Akasaka accused of 120 mill yen in tax evasion

August 27, 2014 - 07:48
The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau charged the former manager of a club employing Korean hostesses in the Akasaka entertainment district with tax evasion, it was learned on Tuesday, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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JR Tokai submits maglev plan

August 26, 2014 - 23:00
Central Japan Railway Co., better known as JR Tokai, submitted a plan to the transport ministry on Tuesday on the Tokyo-Nagoya section of a high-speed magnetic levitation Shinkansen train line. (The Japan News)
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Sony says PlayStation network back online, user data safe

August 25, 2014 - 23:05
Sony Corp's PlayStation Network was back online on Monday following a cyber attack that took it down over the weekend, which coincided with a bomb scare on a commercial flight carrying a top Sony executive in the United States. (Reuters)
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Toyota's Land Cruiser back in Japan

August 25, 2014 - 23:03
Toyota Motor Corp. is bringing back the Land Cruiser 70 in Japan, catering to nostalgic demand for the rugged off-roader that's favored for challenging terrains and as an aid agency vehicle in disaster zones. (The Japan News)
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