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VW: Fuel-cell cars doomed to struggle outside of Japan

September 9, 2014 - 23:59
Volkswagen AG, vying with Toyota Motor Corp. for the lead in the global auto industry, said cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells will probably struggle catching on beyond Japan's borders. (
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Japanese supermarkets to promote part-timers amid staff shortage

September 9, 2014 - 23:45
Major Japanese supermarkets are implementing new staffing policies to cope with a serious labor shortage, including promoting part-time workers to regular status and recruiting the elderly. (Nikkei)
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McDonald's Japan sales plunge 25% in Aug., biggest fall since 2001

September 9, 2014 - 11:10
McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) said Tuesday its sales plunged 25.1 percent in August from a year earlier on a same-store basis due largely to food safety concerns, marking the biggest fall since it went public in 2001. (Kyodo)
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McDonald's Japan offers Yo-Kai Watch cards with Happy Meals, traffic jams and giant lines ensue

September 9, 2014 - 07:14
Last weekend, McDonald's Japan launched a new Happy Meal, or "happy set" as they're known here. As with all of the fast food giant's kid-centric food boxes, these sets come bundled with a gift guaranteed to appeal to children so much that they'll bug their parents incessantly to take them to the Golden Arches. (
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Toyota riding into the future with new fuel cell vehicle 'Mirai'

September 9, 2014 - 00:00
Toyota Motor Corp. is banking on a more eco-friendly future with its new fuel cell vehicle "Mirai" that is set to hit showrooms by the end of fiscal 2014. (Asahi)
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Foreign pilot staffing firms fail to declare consumption tax

September 8, 2014 - 23:03
Japanese tax authorities have found that seven foreign firms that send pilots to the country's airlines failed to declare consumption taxes for revenues from staffing fees, it was learned Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Rakuten to buy U.S. cashback shopping site operator

September 7, 2014 - 00:23
Rakuten Inc. is finalizing negotiations to acquire major U.S. cashback shopping site operator Ebates Inc., informed sources said Saturday. (The Japan News)
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JR East to bid for high-speed railway project in California

September 5, 2014 - 23:29
East Japan Railway Co. plans to take part in the international bidding as early as this fall to choose railcars for a planned high-speed railway line in California, offering Japan's bullet train technology, JR East sources said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Mazda unveils new Miata as top-selling two-seat Roadster turns 25

September 4, 2014 - 23:37
Mazda Motor Corp. unveiled a new version of its iconic MX-5 Miata sports car Thursday for the first time in nine years, counting on the model to help sustain rising sales. (Japan Times)
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Virgin Atlantic axes flights to Japan, India, Canada, South Africa

September 4, 2014 - 05:31
Virgin Atlantic is pulling out of Tokyo, Mumbai, Vancouver and Cape Town as the airline repositions itself as a transatlantic airline flying mainly between the UK and the USA. (
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New accounting rules to pump up profits at Japanese companies

September 3, 2014 - 23:17
Many major Japanese companies implementing international financial reporting standards are expected to enjoy a boost to net profits, thanks in large part to the elimination of goodwill amortization. (Nikkei)
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Companies to gain sole ownership of patents for employees' inventions

September 3, 2014 - 10:42
The government scrapped a reward-system plan for creative workers and will revise the Patent Law to give companies unconditional patent ownership of products invented by their employees on the job, sources said. (Asahi)
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Nissan loses Ghosn successor candidate

September 2, 2014 - 22:44
Nissan Motor said Tuesday that Andy Palmer, its executive vice president overseeing product planning, is leaving Sept. 15, making him the latest in a string of executives to jump ship. (Nikkei)
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Japan to set up dedicated courthouse for corporate litigation

September 2, 2014 - 22:40
The Supreme Court of Japan will by 2021 set up a courthouse here devoted to business-related legal actions, consolidating areas under the jurisdiction of separate courts. (Nikkei)
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Investors visit candidate site for casino in Osaka

September 1, 2014 - 23:44
Foreign investors visited a candidate site for a casino-based entertainment complex in Osaka, western Japan, on Monday. (NHK)
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Firms rush to invest in news apps

August 31, 2014 - 22:13
Major information technology and telecommunications services companies are forming business ties with start-ups that offer smartphone apps with which users can read the news. (The Japan News)
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