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Sanrio's Puroland theme park still bleeding red ink

July 3, 2014 - 00:06
Sanrio, the company behind Hello Kitty, will experiment with longer operating hours and take other steps in an effort to stem the losses at an indoor amusement park in Japan. (Nikkei)
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Worker revolts complicate life for Japanese business in China

July 2, 2014 - 23:51
A rising tide of strikes and demands for recompense is forcing Japanese companies to reconsider how they treat employees at their Chinese operations. (Nikkei)
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NEC to seek satellite orders from abroad

July 2, 2014 - 23:48
Japanese electronics maker NEC is eyeing rising global demand for satellites. The company has unveiled a new plant to produce satellites in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Japan opens bidding for Sendai Airport rights in privatization drive

July 1, 2014 - 17:57
Japan has opened the bidding for rights to operate facilities at Sendai Airport, the nation's 10th busiest, the first step of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive to increase private investment in public infrastructure as he tackles bloated government debt. (Reuters)
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Yamaha's futuristic TRICITY extends growing world of personal mobility

July 1, 2014 - 17:19
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced on July 1 the Japan-market release of the TRICITY, the first in a series of vehicles that offer users new values through Yamaha's "Leaning Multi Wheel (L.M.W.)" mechanism. (
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AirAsia to reenter Japanese low-cost flight market

July 1, 2014 - 17:14
Malaysia-based low-cost carrier AirAsia plans to team up with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten and other firms to reenter the Japanese market. (NHK)
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Aeon opens Cambodia's largest mall

June 30, 2014 - 22:40
Consumers in Cambodia are crowding a newly-opened shopping center as the country's economy gains steam. It's one of the largest malls in the nation and was built by major Japanese retailer Aeon. (NHK)
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Communications ministry calls for end of SIM lock

June 30, 2014 - 22:36
Japan's communications ministry has proposed that mobile phone carriers remove SIM locks from their handsets. This will give subscribers freedom to choose their mobile operator network. (NHK)
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Japan told to do more to combat money laundering and terrorist financing

June 29, 2014 - 23:48
Japan has failed to address deficiencies in its measures to halt money laundering and terrorist financing, and should step up its efforts to do so, an international watchdog said. (
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HondaJet makes 1st flight

June 29, 2014 - 23:19
HondaJet, the first small passenger aircraft developed by a Honda Motor Co. subsidiary, has made its maiden flight in the United States, according to the company. (The Japan News)
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Why 'Frozen' is the most popular movie to hit Japan in a decade

June 29, 2014 - 00:22
Frozen, the Disney cartoon-musical that swept the US in late 2013 and early 2014 only arrived in Japan in mid-March. And since then, it's completely taken over the country. (Quartz)
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New expressway section to ease traffic through central Tokyo

June 29, 2014 - 00:11
A new section of the Metropolitan Intercity Expressway opened Saturday, linking three major highways in the Kanto region. The smoother flow of traffic is expected to ease congestion in central Tokyo and bring more tourists to areas along the new route. (The Japan News)
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Japan to oblige mobile carriers to remove SIM locks from handsets

June 29, 2014 - 00:08
The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry plans to basically oblige mobile phone carriers to "unlock" their handsets so they can handle other companies' services, informed sources said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Japanese fun house imitated in China

June 28, 2014 - 23:55
The operator of a Japanese amusement park is considering legal action against a company in China that has opened a facility similar to its own. (NHK)
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Growing overseas demand for Japan's square watermelons

June 28, 2014 - 06:20
The demand for square watermelons grown in Japan is growing in countries outside the nation, Japan's officials say. (SBS)
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420 Sony workers to take early retirement

June 27, 2014 - 13:42
Officials at Japanese electronics company Sony say nearly 40 percent of employees in its PC business will take early retirement. (NHK)
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Japan retailers gearing up to claim summer bonuses

June 26, 2014 - 23:50
Retailers are set to mount summer sales campaigns from this weekend, trying to get consumers to loosen their purse strings amid expectations of higher bonuses. (Nikkei)
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Seven-Eleven to exclusively sell new lemon Coke

June 26, 2014 - 23:45
Seven-Eleven Japan will on Monday start selling a limited-edition coke created exclusively for the convenience store chain by the Coca-Cola group. (Nikkei)
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Foot massager involved in 5th fatal accident

June 26, 2014 - 23:24
An elderly woman suffocated to death in May while using an electric foot massager manufactured by a company in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, the company has announced. (The Japan News)
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Angry scenes as Japan's TEPCO shareholders demand end to nuclear

June 26, 2014 - 23:17
Furious shareholders in the company that runs Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power station joined campaigners Thursday to demand the permanent closure of the utility's atomic plants, as it held its annual meeting. (
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