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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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Novartis fails to report side effects, fatality

August 30, 2014 - 10:14
Novartis Pharma K.K. said it has failed to report to the health ministry at least 2,579 cases of serious side effects, including a fatality, from its drugs for leukemia and other diseases even though its employees were aware of the problems. (The Japan News)
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Sekisui House kicks off housing phase of Sydney redevelopment project

August 29, 2014 - 23:39
Sekisui House has begun constructing residential buildings in what marks the start of the second stage of the huge Central Park redevelopment project in downtown Sydney. (Nikkei)
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SoftBank, Sprint to offer Sony Xperia smartphone for first time

August 29, 2014 - 23:17
Japanese wireless operator SoftBank Corp will offer a Sony smartphone for the first time, selling a soon-to-be-launched Xperia in Japan, and in the United States via its unit Sprint, sources with knowledge of the matter said. (Japan Today)
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Gov't, airlines discuss measures to deal with pilot shortage

August 29, 2014 - 23:14
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and several Japanese airlines have established a special committee to discuss countermeasures to resolve the serious shortage of pilots. (Japan Today)
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Major banks to cut mortgage rates to lowest levels

August 29, 2014 - 23:11
Major banks in Japan are set to cut fixed interest rates on home loans to their lowest levels ever in September. (NHK)
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China onions' prices spike in Japan after pesticide found

August 29, 2014 - 22:57
The import price of Chinese-grown onions is surging in Japan on reduced supplies after excessive amounts of an agrochemical were detected in them last month. (Nikkei)
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Chinese tourists in Japan: Return of the big spenders

August 29, 2014 - 02:46
The number of Chinese visitors to Japan dropped dramatically after the government of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō nationalized the Senkaku Islands on September 11, 2012. (
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