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Japanese automakers rack up across-the-board profit growth

August 5, 2014 - 23:03
All seven of Japan's big automakers posted higher net profits for the April-June quarter, overcoming the initial blow from a Japanese sales tax hike and a loss of thrust from a weak yen. (Nikkei)
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McDonald's says China food scandal hurting regional results

August 5, 2014 - 12:06
McDonald's Corp said its business has been hurt by China's latest food scare that forced restaurants in the region to temporarily pull meat items from menus. (Reuters)
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Is Toyota's new hydrogen car about to 'change society'?

August 5, 2014 - 06:47
Increasingly stringent environmental regulations in major markets are spurring automakers to develop a new generation of green cars. Toyota Motor, which led the way in popularizing hybrids, is now positioning itself as the company that will bring hydrogen-fueled, zero-carbon-emission vehicles into the mainstream. (Nikkei)
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Remarks on Studio Ghibli's 'dismantling' sows confusion

August 4, 2014 - 23:52
English-language bloggers were quick to react Monday to remarks made by Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki about "dismantling" the studio's animation production department. (Japan Times)
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Japan to check domestic halal standards, compliance

August 4, 2014 - 23:50
In response to a growing number of Muslim visitors, Japan will survey the nation's halal certification process to help ensure that halal food offered by domestic restaurants complies with Islamic tenets. (Nikkei)
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Japanese TV channels popping up in Southeast Asia

August 4, 2014 - 23:48
Newly launched television channels are bringing a wide range of Japanese shows to viewers in Indonesia and Cambodia. (Nikkei)
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Texas to get shinkansen system

August 3, 2014 - 03:41
Texas Central Railway, a privately funded project aimed at bringing high-speed rail travel to the Lone Star State, hopes to revolutionize the U.S. transportation system by partnering with Central Japan Railway Co. to build a bullet train line between Dallas and Houston by 2021. (Japan Times)
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Japan to reduce unsafe abandoned houses by cutting tax breaks

August 3, 2014 - 01:49
The government will review fixed property tax breaks for housing land to reduce abandoned houses that are rapidly increasing in number across the country due to the shrinking population, informed sources said. (Japan Times)
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Injuries from unlicensed massage parlors on rise

August 3, 2014 - 01:23
There has been a rise in reports regarding unlicensed massage parlors injuring customers. (The Japan News)
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4 arrested for cheating TEPCO for 12 million yen in damages

August 3, 2014 - 00:49
Japanese police arrested four people on Saturday on suspicion of defrauding Tokyo Electric Power Co. of 12 million yen in nuclear compensation. (Jiji Press)
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Iliad's T-Mobile bid could throw wrench into SoftBank's plans

August 1, 2014 - 23:59
The surprise offer for T-Mobile US by France's Iliad could prolong negotiations underway by Japan's SoftBank, which is scrambling to wrap up a deal with the U.S. mobile provider's parent, Deutsche Telekom. (Nikkei)
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Sharp sales edge up 1.9% in first quarter

August 1, 2014 - 23:27
Sharp Corp. said Friday that sales and operating profit in the first quarter rose from the same period a year ago, thanks to continued streamlining and steady sales of LCD-related products that contributed toward its recovery. (Japan Times)
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KDDI 'fails to declare Y15.9 billion'

August 1, 2014 - 23:05
Tax authorities have found that KDDI Corp. failed to declare about Y15.9 billion in taxable income for the five years to March 2013, it has been learned. (The Japan News)
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Sukiya chain urged to end one-man midnight shifts

August 1, 2014 - 23:03
The Sukiya gyudon restaurant chain should eliminate its exploitative practice of having only a single staff member run the midnight shift, a third-party panel said. (The Japan News)
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Japan chat app Line's sales surge ahead of sector's first major IPO

July 31, 2014 - 23:53
Japan-based messaging app Line Corp saw second-quarter revenue jump by more than half, fuelled by growth outside its home market, in a boost to the service's plans for an initial public offering that could value the firm at up to $20 billion. (Reuters)
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Warning issued after consumers sustain major burns from using coolant skin sprays

July 31, 2014 - 23:40
The Consumer Affairs Agency has issued a warning to consumers to be careful when using topical coolant skin sprays after a number of cases in which people sustained serious burns after the spray ignited. (Japan Today)
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With Tesla deal, Panasonic sees risk and reward

July 31, 2014 - 23:31
Panasonic has been scaling back investment under President Kazuhiro Tsuga but seems ready for a reversal, as suggested by its plans announced Thursday to build a lithium-ion battery plant in collaboration with U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors. (Nikkei)
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Japan punishes Novartis for not reporting side effects

July 31, 2014 - 23:12
Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry issued a business improvement order on Thursday to Novartis Pharma K.K. for its failure to report serious side effects of its leukemia treatment drugs. (Jiji Press)
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Hokkaido Electric applies for 17 pct rate hike

July 31, 2014 - 13:05
Hokkaido Electric Power Co. <9509> applied for government approval Thursday of its plan to raise electricity rates for households by 17.03 pct on average, the first hike since September last year. (Jiji Press)
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HondaJet prepares for take off with aviation venture

July 31, 2014 - 00:13
It was just over half a century ago that Honda Motor Co.'s founder, Soichiro Honda, made public his aspiration to eventually enter the aviation business. That dream is about to take off. (Japan Times)
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