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Holiday over as first workweek of 2016 begins

January 4, 2016 - 01:52
People who returned to big cities began their first day of work Monday after spending the New Year's holidays overseas or at their family homes. (Japan Times)
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82-year-old Osaka landmark awaits wrecking ball

January 1, 2016 - 01:18
Despite an uproar over its impending demolition, the historic main building of the Daimaru Shinsaibashi department store, an art deco masterpiece, closed its doors for the last time here on Dec. 30 to end its 82-year history. (Asahi)
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Health insurance card info of 103,000 leaked

December 31, 2015 - 01:56
The health insurance card information of some 103,000 people has been leaked to name list brokers, welfare ministry officials revealed Wednesday. (
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Local communities gearing up for March 26 Hokkaido shinkansen launch

December 30, 2015 - 05:48
Communities in the Donan southern region of Hokkaido are making last-minute preparations in a festive mood ahead of the launch of the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line on March 26, the first bullet train service in the northernmost Japan prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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8th death U.S. due to Takata air bag explosion identified

December 23, 2015 - 23:22
A teen driver who died a few days after a July car crash near Pittsburgh has been tentatively identified by the government as the eighth death in the U.S. due to an explosive air bag inflator made by auto parts maker Takata, federal transportation officials said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Bic Camera to team up with budget Chinese airline

December 22, 2015 - 22:15
NHK has learned that a Japanese electronics retailer is teaming up with a budget Chinese airline to steer more tourists from China to its stores when they visit Japan. (NHK)
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McDonald's not feeling the love in Japan as public loses appetite

December 21, 2015 - 22:41
McDonald's decision to consider selling a chunk of its stake in McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) stems from concern about dim prospects for recovery from a protracted slump and a shift that has cost Japan its central role in the U.S. fast-food giant's plans. (Nikkei)
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Kirin forecasts first loss since 1949 after Brazil unit hurt by slump

December 21, 2015 - 22:38
Kirin Holdings Co.'s efforts to expand overseas have hit a snag, with the beer giant predicting its first annual loss since 1949 after an economic slump in Brazil hurt its operations there. (Japan Times)
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Japanese institute Kaketsuken raided over unreported transport of botulinum toxin

December 21, 2015 - 22:37
The health ministry Monday inspected the Chemo-Sero-Therapeutic Research Institute, or Kaketsuken, for transporting botulinum toxin without notifying public safety authorities. (Japan Times)
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Shortage of butter at stores remains a puzzling mystery

December 21, 2015 - 22:00
A supermarket chain operating about 20 stores in Tokyo is issuing a notice at the place it stocks butter - "only one per customer." (
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Fate of iconic, deteriorating Ginza Capsule Tower up in air

December 21, 2015 - 21:58
An aging high-rise condominium in Tokyo's Ginza district is at the heart of a storm among residents over whether the building should be demolished and replaced or preserved. (
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Toshiba in Y550 bil. loss; to cut 7,800 jobs

December 21, 2015 - 21:56
Toshiba Corp. said Monday that it expects to log its biggest-ever group net loss of ¥550 billion in fiscal 2015, which ends next March, due partly to costs related to restructuring measures for its slumping operations. (
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Tourism set for further lift with airline fee exemption

December 19, 2015 - 22:35
The booming tourism industry is set to be bolstered further with an incentive program for airlines encouraging them to introduce new routes to Japan. (Asahi)
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Studio Ghibli unveils new animated film set for release in Japan next year

December 19, 2015 - 00:13
Japan's most famous anime production house is back in the animation saddle, with a European director holding the reins. (Japan Today)
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Sky high: Why foreign carriers pay more to land in Japan

December 18, 2015 - 07:58
On one global ranking chart, Haneda, Narita and Kansai airports occupy the top three spots. Unfortunately for three of Japan's international airports, this is not for passenger satisfaction or facilities, but for the highest landing and parking fees which airlines pay for their planes. (Japan Today)
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Tunnel project to begin for Japan's maglev line

December 18, 2015 - 07:46
Construction workers will launch a project on Friday to bore a tunnel through a mountain range in central Japan. (NHK)
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Bic Camera to launch tax-free shops at airports

December 17, 2015 - 21:51
Home electronics chain Bic Camera Inc. said Thursday it will set up a joint venture with Japan Airport Terminal Co. to enhance the sale of tax-free products to foreign travelers. (Japan Times)
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Japan's Rakuten to open online flagship store in China

December 17, 2015 - 21:22
Rakuten, Japan's e-commerce market leader, and, China's leading direct online sales company, on Wednesday announced the signing of an agreement to establish a Rakuten online flagship store on JD Worldwide,'s cross-border platform. (
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Train development delay expected to push back Nagasaki route opening

December 17, 2015 - 21:18
The Kyushu Shinkansen Nagasaki route is unlikely to be opened as scheduled in fiscal 2022 because development of so-called free gauge trains to be used on the route has been delayed. (
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Japan panel eyes registration system for virtual currency exchanges

December 16, 2015 - 22:25
A working group under the Financial System Council has compiled a draft proposal on regulations for virtual currencies that are traded on the Internet, informed sources said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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