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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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