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Skymark Airlines under fire for selling items past their expiration dates to passengers

August 12, 2014 - 07:53
Skymark Airlines has been selling food item past their expiration dates by one month or more, Japanese media reported Monday. (Japan Today)
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McDonald's Japan bans smoking in its restaurants

August 12, 2014 - 02:21
The evolution of McDonald's MCD -0.02% Japan into a health-conscious restaurant doesn't stop with last month's introduction of tofu nuggets. Now the burger chain has prohibited smoking in all of its outlets in the country. (Wall Street Journal)
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Fresh arrest warrant served on ex-system engineer over Benesse info leak

August 12, 2014 - 02:08
Tokyo police served a fresh arrest warrant to a former system engineer on Monday for allegedly stealing customer information from major Japanese correspondence education service provider Benesse Corp. in violation of the unfair competition prevention law. (Jiji Press)
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McDonald's Japan to resume chicken item sales

August 10, 2014 - 03:19
McDonald's Co. (Japan) has said that all of its chicken products will be back on sale from Monday, two weeks after suspensions following a scandal over expired meat supplied by a Chinese company. (The Japan News)
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WTO confirms support for Japan, U.S., EU over Chinese rare earths

August 8, 2014 - 05:45
The World Trade Organization released a report on Thursday confirming its support for Japan, the United States and the European Union in their rare earth dispute with China. (Jiji Press)
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Ex-engineer indicted for stealing Benesse data

August 7, 2014 - 23:11
Tokyo prosecutors indicted a former systems engineer on Thursday for allegedly stealing customer information from major correspondence education service provider Benesse Corp. in violation of the Unfair Competition Prevention Law. (The Japan News)
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ANA debuts Boeing 787-9 in regular domestic service

August 7, 2014 - 22:53
All Nippon Airways launched the world's first regular flight service using a Boeing 787-9 passenger jet Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Retail store warns a shoplifter to return the goods… or have his identity exposed online

August 7, 2014 - 06:51
Japanese otaku retail giant Mandarake is not happy about a recent shoplifting incident, and they don't intend to let the perpetrator get away with it. The culprit in question allegedly pilfered a replica Tetsujin-28-go wind-up robot toy worth 250,000 yen (about US$2,448). (
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Japan chat app Line to set up fund for developing mobile games

August 6, 2014 - 23:13
Line Corp said on Wednesday that it is investing 10 billion yen ($97.5 million) in a new mobile game development fund, as the Japan-based social messaging service firm seeks to bolster its gaming sector and expand its overseas business. (
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China says no out-of-date food exported to Japan

August 6, 2014 - 23:00
The Chinese government said Wednesday its investigation on the use of out-of-date meat at a factory in Shanghai so far has found no problems in products that the supplier exported to Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Ailing Skymark to stop serving Narita, NHK reports

August 6, 2014 - 06:19
Skymark Airlines Inc., Japan's third-largest carrier, which is facing demands for as much as Y70 billion in penalties from Airbus Group NV in connection with the failed purchase of superjumbos, will stop serving Narita International Airport, NHK reported Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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SoftBank abandons pursuit of T-Mobile

August 6, 2014 - 03:37
Sprint Corp. is ending its pursuit of T-Mobile US Inc., after the company and parent SoftBank Corp. decided it would be too difficult to win approval from regulators, people familiar with the matter said. (Nikkei)
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'Yokai Watch 2' video game sales figures explode

August 5, 2014 - 23:06
The latest edition of the "Yokai Watch" series for the Nintendo 3DS video game console has become this year's first million-selling hit among available video game titles. (The Japan News)
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Japanese automakers rack up across-the-board profit growth

August 5, 2014 - 23:03
All seven of Japan's big automakers posted higher net profits for the April-June quarter, overcoming the initial blow from a Japanese sales tax hike and a loss of thrust from a weak yen. (Nikkei)
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McDonald's says China food scandal hurting regional results

August 5, 2014 - 12:06
McDonald's Corp said its business has been hurt by China's latest food scare that forced restaurants in the region to temporarily pull meat items from menus. (Reuters)
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Is Toyota's new hydrogen car about to 'change society'?

August 5, 2014 - 06:47
Increasingly stringent environmental regulations in major markets are spurring automakers to develop a new generation of green cars. Toyota Motor, which led the way in popularizing hybrids, is now positioning itself as the company that will bring hydrogen-fueled, zero-carbon-emission vehicles into the mainstream. (Nikkei)
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Remarks on Studio Ghibli's 'dismantling' sows confusion

August 4, 2014 - 23:52
English-language bloggers were quick to react Monday to remarks made by Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki about "dismantling" the studio's animation production department. (Japan Times)
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Japan to check domestic halal standards, compliance

August 4, 2014 - 23:50
In response to a growing number of Muslim visitors, Japan will survey the nation's halal certification process to help ensure that halal food offered by domestic restaurants complies with Islamic tenets. (Nikkei)
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Japanese TV channels popping up in Southeast Asia

August 4, 2014 - 23:48
Newly launched television channels are bringing a wide range of Japanese shows to viewers in Indonesia and Cambodia. (Nikkei)
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Texas to get shinkansen system

August 3, 2014 - 03:41
Texas Central Railway, a privately funded project aimed at bringing high-speed rail travel to the Lone Star State, hopes to revolutionize the U.S. transportation system by partnering with Central Japan Railway Co. to build a bullet train line between Dallas and Houston by 2021. (Japan Times)
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