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Benesse urged to take steps over data leakage

September 26, 2014 - 23:37
The industry ministry Friday urged Benesse Corp. to take corrective steps over a high-profile customer data leak scandal involving the educational service provider. (The Japan News)
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New rice prices down sharply in Japan

September 25, 2014 - 23:12
This year's first rice crop has fetched prices sharply lower than last year in Japan, as demand keeps falling while this year's harvest looks better than usual. (Jiji Press)
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Kyushu Electric shuts off renewable suppliers from grid

September 25, 2014 - 23:11
Kyushu Electric Power Co said on Thursday it would cut access to its grid for renewable energy suppliers, the third of Japan's 10 regional monopolies to place limits on their cleaner energy intake because of network limitations. (Japan Today)
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Japan warns US over Boeing 787 battery overheat

September 25, 2014 - 07:26
Japan Transport Safety Board experts are recommending that US authorities bolster safety inspections following their probe into a battery failure in a US-manufactured passenger jet. (NHK)
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Computer virus compromises JAL customer data

September 24, 2014 - 14:16
Japan Airlines revealed on Wednesday that the personal data of 750,000 mileage program members may have been compromised by a computer virus. (NHK)
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Aeon faces full plate of challenges with Daiei takeover

September 24, 2014 - 01:58
Transforming money-losing Daiei into the centerpiece of its urban supermarket business will prove no easy task for Aeon, even with full management control. (Nikkei)
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Kirin to buy into Japan's top craft brewer

September 24, 2014 - 01:57
Kirin Beer will take a 30%-plus stake in Yo-Ho Brewing, becoming the first major Japanese brewer to join forces with the country's growing craft beer movement. (Nikkei)
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Local entities seek to attract casino resorts at over 20 sites

September 23, 2014 - 23:40
Local governments and other entities across the nation have begun attempting to attract so-called integrated resorts, including casinos, to more than 20 locations, believing the resorts will help boost tourism and create new jobs. (The Japan News)
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Starbucks buying full control of Japan unit for $914 Million

September 23, 2014 - 23:29
Starbucks Corp on Tuesday said it plans to buy the remaining 60.5 percent share of Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd that it does not already own in a two-step deal valued at about $913.5 million. (
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Japanese companies setting up shop on Alibaba sites

September 23, 2014 - 00:25
A number of Japanese retailers are foraying into China's burgeoning e-commerce market through industry behemoth Alibaba, hoping to reach Chinese consumers who have developed a taste for high-quality made-in-Japan goods. (Nikkei)
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Chat app developer Line puts listing on hold

September 22, 2014 - 23:16
After months of planning for an initial public offering both here and in the U.S., Line Corp. said Monday it will not go public this year. (Nikkei)
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Mitsubishi to buy Norwegian salmon producer

September 22, 2014 - 23:01
Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corporation has offered about 1.4 billion dollars to buy the world's third largest salmon farming and processing company, in Norway. (NHK)
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SoftBank to book Y500bn profit through Alibaba listing

September 21, 2014 - 01:07
SoftBank said on Saturday that it expects to book an extraordinary group profit of about 500 billion yen ($4.55 billion) related to Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding's listing in the U.S. in the first half of fiscal 2014, which started in April. (Nikkei)
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No, Japan is not an oasis for CD sales

September 20, 2014 - 00:30
It would be foolish to look to Japan as a model for the future of the music industry. (
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SoftBank won't sell Alibaba stake: Son

September 20, 2014 - 00:07
SoftBank has no intention of selling its Alibaba shareholdings, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son said, even with their value up by a factor of 4,000 from what it paid for them thanks to Friday's initial public offering. (Nikkei)
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iPhone 6 goes on sale in Japan

September 19, 2014 - 06:50
Japan's iPhone fans, some of whom had waited in line for nearly two weeks, finally got their hands on Apple Inc.'s much anticipated iPhone 6 Friday. (Wall Street Journal)
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U.S. charges 7 Japanese auto executives with price-fixing

September 18, 2014 - 23:34
The United States charged seven Japanese executives with price-fixing Thursday in a long-running probe into illegal practices in the auto parts industry. (Japan Today)
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Suzuki Motor to recall 453,000 minivehicles in Japan

September 18, 2014 - 23:13
Suzuki Motor Corp on Thursday issued a recall of 453,225 minivehicles in Japan to fix a defect in the blower fan motor of the air-conditioning unit that has resulted in three fires so far. (Japan Today)
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Low mobile sales yield Y230 billion loss for Sony

September 17, 2014 - 23:28
Sony expects its annual loss to swell to ¥230 billion after writing down the value of its troubled mobile business as phone sales were battered by brutal competition. (The Japan News)
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Softbank's Masayoshi Son becomes Japan's richest person with $16.6 billion

September 17, 2014 - 07:06
Masayoshi Son surpassed Fast Retailing Co. Chairman Tadashi Yanai as Japan's richest person yesterday after SoftBank Corp. surged 16 percent since the start of last week. (Bloomberg)
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