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Mister Donut betting on novel treats to please snackers

April 6, 2015 - 22:38
Mister Donut operator Duskin announced another new pastry offering Monday as part of its bid to leverage unique, fresh-baked goods to deal with the rising threat from convenience stores. (Nikkei)
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Toyota's Aqua hybrid remains top seller for 3rd straight year

April 6, 2015 - 22:34
Toyota Motor Corp.'s Aqua subcompact hybrid was the best-selling car in Japan in fiscal 2014, keeping the top slot for the third straight year, industry data showed Monday. (The Japan News)
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Sharp sounds out gov't-backed fund about investing in new spinoff

April 5, 2015 - 22:49
Sharp Corp. plans to spin off its core small and medium-sized liquid crystal display panel business by having a government-backed fund invest around 100 billion yen in the new subsidiary by the end of next March, sources close to the matter said Sunday. (Kyodo)
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Combining convenience with care

April 3, 2015 - 12:10
A major convenience store chain in Japan has opened a new type of outlet that combines daily convenience with elderly care services. (NHK)
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Uber clashes with regulators, shuts down free ride experiment

April 3, 2015 - 12:02
Uber Technologies' attempt to launch a ride-sharing service in Japan has run up against a regulatory wall here, as it has in many other countries. (Nikkei)
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Sukiya operator to up 'gyudon' prices

April 2, 2015 - 23:25
Zensho Holdings Co. said Thursday it will raise prices for "gyudon" beef-on-rice bowls served at its Sukiya restaurants, effective April 15. (The Japan News)
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Media, automakers offer gags galore as April Fools' Day catches on in Japan

April 2, 2015 - 08:53
Companies humored their customers on April Fools' Day, offering eye-catching products and services that in some cases appeared to meet a credulous audience. (Japan Times)
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Line reapplies to list on Tokyo bourse

April 2, 2015 - 04:41
Messaging app developer Line filed for a second time to go public in Tokyo, with an eye toward an initial public offering as early as this year. (Nikkei)
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Firms greet new recruits with great expectations

April 2, 2015 - 00:07
Many companies held entrance ceremonies for new employees nationwide on Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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Chinese likely to buy big amid blossoms

March 31, 2015 - 23:11
Chinese visitors are expected to engage in massive buying in Japan during the cherry blossom season through early April, after a similar spree during the Chinese New Year holidays in February. (The Japan News)
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PlayStation gets Spotify, replacing Sony's own music service

March 31, 2015 - 00:51
Spotify is coming to the PlayStation, replacing Sony's own Music Unlimited service, as the company continues to expand the game console into an entertainment hub beyond video games. (Japan Today)
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Honda to launch mini convertible

March 31, 2015 - 00:41
Honda Motor Co. said Monday it will release the S660 two-seater on Thursday, the company's first convertible sports minicar in 19 years. (The Japan News)
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Yahoo Japan responds to 'right to be forgotten'

March 31, 2015 - 00:39
Yahoo Japan has unveiled new rules for removing certain personal information that appears in its search results upon request. The privacy policy includes information that could pose a risk to a person's life. (NHK)
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Otsuka Kagu president wins proxy fight for firm

March 28, 2015 - 01:44
The proxy fight over Otsuka Kagu Ltd. ended Friday morning with the victory of the founder's oldest daughter, as stockholders agreed to retain Kumiko Otsuka as president of the furniture retailer and remove her father Katsuhisa from the board. (The Japan News)
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Apple Yokohama center plan announced

March 26, 2015 - 22:29
Apple Inc. will establish a technology development facility at a former Panasonic Corp. plant site in Yokohama. (The Japan News)
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McDonald's Japan promotes store veteran to help rebuild

March 25, 2015 - 22:51
Facing a damaged brand, an aging society and fierce competition from convenience stores, McDonald's Holdings (Japan) hopes to revive its fortunes with a new chief operating officer who started at the bottom. (Nikkei)
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Mitsubishi Motors to build new plant in Indonesia

March 25, 2015 - 04:14
Mitsubishi Motors will build a new 500 million-dollar plant in Indonesia's West Java Province. (NHK)
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JR Tokai derailed by Osaka company on trademark use of 'Linear' name

March 24, 2015 - 22:43
A real estate firm has left the station with the trademark "Linear" ahead of Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), which may prevent it from using the name for items linked with its maglev Shinkansen line. (Asahi)
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Former senior Mizuho Bank employee arrested over fraud

March 24, 2015 - 22:10
Police arrested former senior Mizuho Bank employee Mikio Oikawa and two others on Tuesday on suspicion of defrauding a doctor out of 115 million yen in the name of the major Japanese bank. (Jiji Press)
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Hitachi named preferred supplier of AT300 trains for route in England

March 24, 2015 - 08:25
Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. has been named the preferred supplier of 29 trains for a key intercity route operated by First Great Western in the southwest of England, Hitachi Ltd. said March 23. (Asahi)
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