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Japanese fans get first look at Apple Watch

April 10, 2015 - 05:11
Japanese tech fans got their first look Friday at the Apple Watch, with would-be early buyers queuing for a "trial fitting" in Tokyo's chic Omotesando area. (Japan Today)
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Fast Retailing ups guidance as overseas Uniqlo shines

April 10, 2015 - 00:10
Fast Retailing Co Ltd raised its full-year earnings forecasts on Thursday after sales at its Uniqlo casual-wear stores in Greater China and South Korea grew more strongly than expected, showing that its overseas expansion is bearing fruit. (Reuters)
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Japan's Amazon has bigger dreams

April 10, 2015 - 00:08
In Japan, there's no escaping Rakuten. Since its 1997 founding, the shopping-website operator has become much more than an look-alike-it's expanded into sports, financial services, even family planning. (Bloomberg)
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McDonald's sales plunge again

April 9, 2015 - 23:26
McDonald's Japan has marked its second-biggest yearly decline in sales since the company was listed in 2001. (NHK)
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With new terminal, Jetstar Japan aims to pull away from rivals

April 8, 2015 - 23:00
Jetstar Japan hopes to set itself apart from other low-cost carriers by collaborating better with group airlines to tap demand among travelers from Asia and Australia. (Nikkei)
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Sanrio's shareholder data might have leaked

April 8, 2015 - 09:06
Executives at Sanrio, the company behind the "Hello Kitty" character, say data on thousands of its shareholders might have been leaked. They promise to beef up security and prevent a recurrence. (NHK)
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Mitsubishi Regional Jet's maiden flight postponed

April 7, 2015 - 23:32
Japan will have to wait a little longer to celebrate the maiden flight of its first domestically built passenger jet. (Nikkei)
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YouTube, Toei team up to promote samurai films

April 7, 2015 - 23:09
YouTube has teamed up with a Japanese film company to help aspiring video artists make samurai dramas. (NHK)
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New McDonald's commercial grosses out Japan

April 6, 2015 - 23:03
McDonald's Japan recently launched a limited time menu option called the teriyaki chicken and egg with Seto lemon sauce. (
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Sagawa, Lawson joining hands in delivery service

April 6, 2015 - 22:52
Logistics company SG Holdings and retailer Lawson are partnering to operate a delivery service out of convenience stores, hoping to lure Japanese consumers increasingly stretched by busy schedules. (Nikkei)
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Tokushukai medical group allegedly hid Y2.1 billion in income over seven years

April 6, 2015 - 22:48
The major Japanese medical group Tokushukai concealed ¥2.1 billion in income over the seven years to March 2014, Jiji Press has learned. (Japan Times)
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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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