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KDDI to grant same-sex couples 'family discount'

July 19, 2015 - 00:01
Same-sex couples in Japan are yet to win recognition in the eyes of the law, but some are starting to qualify for financial benefits that come with it. (NHK)
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Whale meat stocks shrink to 15-yr low

July 18, 2015 - 23:58
Whale meat inventories have been declining markedly, hitting 1,157 tons at the end of May, the lowest level since the 817 tons in March 2000, Fisheries Agency data have revealed. (The Japan News)
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Suntory creates buzz ahead of release of first brand whisky in 11 years

July 17, 2015 - 09:29
Suntory Spirits Ltd. announced it will launch its Chita whisky from Sept. 1, the first release of a brand spirit by the company in 11 years. (Asahi)
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Delta in talks over reviving Skymark

July 14, 2015 - 23:35
U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines Inc., the world's largest airline, is in talks with the U.S. aircraft leasing company Intrepid Aviation Ltd. over a possible Delta role in reviving Skymark Airlines. (The Japan News)
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Honda to set English as official language

July 14, 2015 - 23:33
Honda Motor Co. is to make English its official language by around 2020 as part of efforts to communicate better with foreign employees, the company has said. (The Japan News)
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Aluminum fragments found in shaved ice at Gusto restaurant

July 13, 2015 - 22:58
Aluminum fragments were found in shaved ice bowls served at a Gusto family restaurant in Osaka last month, it was revealed Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Toshiba's profit, sales goals were unrealistic / 3rd-party panel blames top executives

July 13, 2015 - 22:56
The Toshiba Corp. divisions involved in the firm's accounting irregularities were making business plans without regard for the feasibility of their profit goals, according to multiple sources. (The Japan News)
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Electronics makers feed growing appetite for high-end rice cookers

July 13, 2015 - 12:59
Consumer electronics companies are pitching the latest in luxury rice cookers, devices that feature special materials that replicate traditional furnace cooking to provide the ultimate in taste. (Asahi)
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Cancer claims Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata at 55

July 13, 2015 - 05:50
Nintendo said Monday that its chief executive, Satoru Iwata, has died of bile duct cancer at the age of 55, several months after he abandoned the Japanese videogame giant's consoles-only policy. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo to get two new subway lines amid redevelopment boom

July 12, 2015 - 23:19
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has announced plans to construct two new subway lines in line with the city's development after the 2020 Summer Olympics. (Japan Today)
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New subway lines eyed for Tokyo

July 12, 2015 - 00:50
The Tokyo metropolitan government has announced plans to construct two subway lines directly linking central Tokyo and two developing destinations - the Rinkai waterfront area, where major development is under way ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, and Shinagawa Station, the future terminal station of the Linear Chuo Shinkansen. (The Japan News)
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Japan's pension fund posts record profit for 2014

July 11, 2015 - 00:12
A giant Japanese pension fund posted its highest revenue in more than a decade in fiscal 2014, reflecting the robust Japanese stock market. (NHK)
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Tokyo commercial rents keep climbing

July 10, 2015 - 00:00
Rents on office space in central Tokyo have risen for 18 consecutive months as vacancy rates drop and supply tightens, with further hikes likely to accelerate. (Nikkei)
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Bunch of grapes sells for $11,000 in Japan

July 9, 2015 - 23:34
A bunch of Japanese grapes has sold for a record one million yen ($A11,045), or $315 per berry - no trifling matter even in a country where fruit can cost a small fortune. (
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Nissan says Takata air bag inflator caused fire in crash in Japan

July 8, 2015 - 12:25
Nissan Motor Co. on July 8 said an air bag made by Takata Corp. installed in one of its cars had deployed with too much force and caused a fire in a light crash in Shizuoka Prefecture, marking the automaker's first such case in Japan. (Asahi)
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Tokyo Disneyland operator's profit seen down on unmagical weather

July 7, 2015 - 23:46
Tokyo Disney Resort operator Oriental Land is expected to post a roughly 23 billion yen ($185 million) group operating profit for the quarter ended June, a 5% drop on the year, with traffic slowed by poor weather in April. (Nikkei)
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Skymark calls for creditors to endorse ANA-backed plan

July 7, 2015 - 23:24
Failed Skymark Airlines asked its creditors on Tuesday to support its rehabilitation plan including assistance from ANA Holdings Inc., the parent of major carrier All Nippon Airways. (The Japan News)
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Obokata pays back Y600,000 to RIKEN

July 7, 2015 - 23:22
RIKEN said Tuesday that Haruko Obokata, a former researcher at the government-affiliated research institute, has returned about ¥600,000 granted for her to publish two STAP cell research articles in British science journal Nature. (The Japan News)
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Japan's exporters cutting prices

July 6, 2015 - 11:07
Windfall profits from the yen's depreciation have helped Japanese exporters return to strong financial health. Many companies are now going after higher market share by cutting prices. (Nikkei)
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