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SoftBank shrinks U.S. office, marking end of failed T-Mobile bid

December 13, 2014 - 23:31
SoftBank Corp will soon downsize its Silicon Valley offices, people with knowledge of the matter said, signaling the company won't revive efforts to buy T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (Japan Today)
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Sony hack reveals health information on employees, children, spouses

December 13, 2014 - 23:28
Documents stolen from Sony Corp. by hackers include detailed and identifiable health information on more than three dozen employees, their children or spouses - a sign of how much information employers have on their workers and how easily it can become public. (Japan Times)
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Another cooked bug found in processed food

December 13, 2014 - 01:08
Days after a cockroach in frozen fried noodles sparked a mass recall in Japan, a noodle maker has shuttered its operations after claims a cooked bug was found inside a meal. (Japan Today)
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Uniqlo offers duty-free purchases in central Tokyo

December 11, 2014 - 23:12
Fast Retailing is offering duty-free sales to foreigners shopping in Uniqlo stores in Tokyo, expanding the service beyond airports for the first time. (Nikkei)
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Sony studio, producer apologize for Jolie, Obama remarks

December 11, 2014 - 22:44
Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin apologized Thursday for calling Angelina Jolie a "spoiled brat" and making racially offensive jokes about President Obama's presumed taste in movies. (Japan Today)
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Fujifilm: Chinese firm copying Ebola drug

December 11, 2014 - 11:59
Fujifilm Holdings Corp. has requested that the Chinese government investigate a major Chinese drugmaker, claiming the firm is producing a copycat drug of Avigan - an antiflu drug globally expected to be useful as treatment for Ebola - without permission from the Japanese firm holding the drug patents, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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Cockroach fears prompt Japan frozen food recall

December 10, 2014 - 11:43
Hundreds of thousands of frozen pasta meals were being recalled in Japan on Wednesday after a cockroach was found inside a packet. (
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Sony says 'The Interview' will not be shown in Japan

December 10, 2014 - 11:41
Sony Corp. said Wednesday it has no plans to release "The Interview" in Japan, a controversial comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Japan Times)
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Japanese company creates creepy hugging chair for the lonely

December 10, 2014 - 11:39
Nothing compares to the warm hug of a real person, but when there's no one else around, this nifty little Japanese invention can do the job quite well. It's called the 'tranquility chair' - its back is shaped like a giant human doll with a friendly face and long arms that can wrap around you in an affectionate embrace. (
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Skymark plans to request support from ANA

December 10, 2014 - 03:33
Struggling Skymark Airlines Inc. is planning to seek assistance from All Nippon Airways Co. in the form of code-sharing and other tie-ups, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Deregulation to halve cost of hydrogen stations

December 10, 2014 - 00:31
A flurry of deregulation will help cut the cost of building hydrogen stations in Japan by half, prompting many companies to offer fuel for fuel cell vehicles. Seven-Eleven Japan, for one, is moving to open convenience stores annexed to such filling stations. (Nikkei)
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Chinese man held over hacking case

December 9, 2014 - 23:45
Police have arrested a Chinese man on suspicion of illegally accessing a server operated by NTT Communications Corp.'s Internet service provider OCN, it was learned Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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PM Abe says Apple to build big reseach center in Japan

December 9, 2014 - 23:35
Apple Inc will build a large research and development facility in Japan, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo said on Tuesday, local media reported. (Reuters)
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Japan's beef bowl - a symbol of deflation - to get first price hike in 24 years

December 9, 2014 - 13:02
Fast-food company Yoshinoya Holdings Co. said Tuesday it will raise the price of its signature beef bowl dish - long a symbol of the deflationary economy - for the first time in 24 years due to higher import costs. (Japan Times)
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Honda to recall 5.4 mil. in US

December 8, 2014 - 22:06
Honda Motor says it will recall about 5.4 million vehicles in the United States due to potentially defective airbags. (NHK)
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Japan is finally making a new Godzilla movie

December 8, 2014 - 05:21
Weren't a fan of Hollywood's recent effort? Want to see Japanese filmmakers bring the country's most famous kaiju back to the silver screen? Well, you're in luck. Toho Studios is releasing a new Godzilla film in 2016. (Kotaku)
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N. Korea denies Sony hack, calls it 'righteous deed'

December 7, 2014 - 08:01
North Korea released a statement Dec. 7 that clearly relished a cyber attack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang's supreme leader. (Asahi)
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Weak yen, bad weather pushes juice price up

December 7, 2014 - 02:28
Imported fruit juice ingredients are getting more expensive, with the spot price for orange, pineapple and apple juice up by between 10% and 40%. (Nikkei)
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Sankei newspaper apologizes over ad for anti-Semitic books

December 7, 2014 - 00:45
A conservative Japanese daily on Saturday apologized for carrying an advertisement for books by an author who claims Jewish people were behind the country's 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster. (Japan Today)
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Airlift to ease Japan french fry shortage

December 6, 2014 - 04:16
Restaurants in Japan are rushing to secure supplies of french fries after shipment delays from the U.S., with one chain readying to airlift 200 tons of chips. (Japan Today)
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