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Australian investors line up to bid for Japan's Kansai International Airport

March 17, 2015 - 03:43
Melbourne Airport's owners, IFM and AMP Capital, are among a long list of global infrastructure investors including Macquarie Capital bidding in Japan for the long-term lease on Osaka's main airport. (The Age)
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Toyo Tire sold substandard building material

March 16, 2015 - 22:50
Toyo Tire and Rubber Company has come under fire after disclosing that it supplied a rubber building material that failed to meet state standards for absorbing earthquake shock. Construction of some public facilities using the material has been put on hold. (NHK)
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Shinkansen lines no panacea for struggling local economies

March 16, 2015 - 22:46
The Nagano-Kanazawa section of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line started services on March 14. (Asahi)
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Toyota settles on pay scale hike at Y4,000

March 15, 2015 - 21:45
Toyota Motor Corp. reached an agreement on Sunday with the labor union to a pay scale hike of ¥4,000 per month, according to sources. (The Japan News)
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TDK to discontinue Piccadilly Circus ad with a one-month special video presentation

March 13, 2015 - 23:48
TDK Corporation is displaying a special video presentation that takes a retrospective look at the 25-year history of the TDK neon sign in Piccadilly Circus, London. (
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FamilyMart mulls buyout of Cocostore

March 13, 2015 - 23:45
Japan's third-ranking convenience store chain, FamilyMart Co., is considering purchasing a smaller competitor, Cocostore Corp., sources said Friday. (The Japan News)
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Seven Bank unveils renewed mobile ATM

March 13, 2015 - 00:24
Seven Bank unveiled on Wednesday its revamped mobile automated teller machine, mainly designed to offer services after disasters. (The Japan News)
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Hitachi's high-speed train arrives in Britain

March 13, 2015 - 00:07
The first of the new high-speed trains manufactured by major Japanese electronics firm Hitachi has arrived in Britain. (NHK)
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Toyota likely to raise pay scale by Y4,000

March 13, 2015 - 00:05
Major automakers and electronics makers are expected to agree to a pay-scale increase substantially higher than last year's, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
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Traditionally dressed Japanese waitress runs so fast her kimono flies off in cheeky Wi-Fi advert

March 12, 2015 - 23:54
Reliable Wi-Fi hotspots are still surprisingly hard to come by in Tokyo, so lots of people carry portable "pocket Wi-Fi" devices for when they're out and about. (
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Japan dumps Norwegian whale meat after finding pesticide

March 11, 2015 - 23:41
Whale meat imported into Japan from Norway has been dumped after tests found it contained up to twice the permitted level of harmful pesticide, the government said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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McDonald's launches customer complaint app in Japan

March 11, 2015 - 06:08
McDonald's Japan is to launch a new smartphone app for customer complaints as it looks to turn the page on a series of scares including the discovery of a human tooth in some fries. (
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Spending by foreigners in Japan rose 31%

March 10, 2015 - 23:36
Foreign visitors spent about 1.6 trillion yen ($13 billion) in Japan in real terms in 2014, or 31% more than the previous year, emerging as a key driver of the country's exports. (Nikkei)
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FamilyMart, UNY aim to merge next year

March 10, 2015 - 23:01
Executives of 2 major Japanese convenience store operators say they plan to merge next year. (NHK)
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Apple Watch to launch in April in Japan, China and six other countries

March 10, 2015 - 12:13
Apple Inc. on Monday unveiled more details about its entry into the newly emerging wearable technology category, by announcing its Apple Watch will go on sale on April 24 in eight countries, including Japan and China. (Japan Times)
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Suntory sues Asahi for infringing nonalcoholic beer patent

March 10, 2015 - 12:00
Suntory Holdings Ltd. said Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court against Asahi Breweries Ltd. seeking the suspension of sales and production of nonalcoholic beer-flavored drinks, claiming Asahi infringed a Suntory patent. (Kyodo)
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McDonald's sales plunges again

March 10, 2015 - 00:11
McDonald's Japan says its sales fell nearly 30 percent in February compared to a year ago. That's the second largest decline since the company was listed in 2001. The biggest drop came in January. (NHK)
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Computer engineer sentenced to 5 years

March 9, 2015 - 23:47
A Tokyo court has sentenced a computer engineer to 5 years in prison and fined him about 25,000 dollars for leaking data to a company in South Korea. (NHK)
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Tokyo's 47km-long ring expressway fully opens

March 7, 2015 - 11:33
A 47-kilometer-long expressway encircling central Tokyo areas fully opened on Saturday, some 50 years after it was planned, giving easier access to Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and possibly reducing traffic jams. (Jiji Press)
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2 major convenience store operators may merge

March 6, 2015 - 03:40
Sources say executives at 2 major Japanese convenience store operators will soon enter into full-fledged talks on a possible management merger. (NHK)
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