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Osaka on leading edge of casino debate

June 22, 2014 - 23:27
If Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and their Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) members play their cards right, their gamble on casino legalization could hit the jackpot. (Japan Times)
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Doraemon to debut on US TV

June 22, 2014 - 00:04
The popular Japanese manga character Doraemon will make his debut on a US TV series next month. (NHK)
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Nissan plans 300 'lady first' sales outlets

June 21, 2014 - 13:46
Nissan Motor Co. said it will expand the number of sales outlets designed for female customers who are increasingly calling the shots in auto purchases. (Asahi)
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Sagawa Express to hire 10,000 housewives as part-time staff

June 21, 2014 - 00:22
Sagawa Express is planning to employ about 10,000 housewives as part-time delivery staff over the next two years to offset a manpower shortage in the logistics and package delivery industry. (Japan Today)
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Japan enacts bill to prevent overwork deaths

June 21, 2014 - 00:16
The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted on Friday legislation requiring the government to take measures to prevent deaths from overwork. (Jiji Press)
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SoftBank's Son wants to boost speeds, cut prices at U.S. carriers

June 21, 2014 - 00:14
SoftBank Corp.'s Masayoshi Son said he wants to improve wireless connection speeds and lower monthly bills for U.S. customers as he pursues the acquisition of T-Mobile US Inc. (The Japan News)
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IOC awards 2018-24 Olympic broadcasting rights

June 21, 2014 - 00:11
The International Olympic Committee said Thursday it has awarded a consortium of Japanese broadcasters the exclusive rights in the country to four Olympic Games from 2018 to 2024. (The Japan News)
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Japanese brewer Sapporo swallows big tax charge on 'near beer'

June 21, 2014 - 00:01
Sapporo Holdings said Friday that it will pay billions of yen in additional liquor taxes on past shipments of Goku Zero, a popular drink that looks and tastes rather like beer but occupied a lower tax bracket. (Nikkei)
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Kanebo to make lump-sum payments for white blotch sufferers

June 20, 2014 - 13:08
Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. has decided to make lump-sum payments as compensation to customers who have suffered unwanted white blotches caused by its skin-whitening products, it was learned Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Top court suspends permit for Chongryon property sale to developer

June 20, 2014 - 13:03
The Supreme Court has decided to suspend a permit for the sale of the Tokyo headquarters building and land of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, sources close to the matter said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Universal's new Harry Potter park: 1 ride, 7 shops

June 20, 2014 - 01:33
Harry Potter fans helped increase attendance by 50 percent at Universal Orlando Resort in the past few years, and interest in a second Harry Potter park opening there July 8 could keep numbers going up. But even if the new park doesn't lead to the surge in visitors that accompanied the original Harry Potter park, Universal's cash registers will surely be ringing. (Japan Today)
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Line urges password changes as police probe hacking

June 20, 2014 - 01:29
Smartphone messenger application Line, which has hundreds of millions of users across Asia, on Thursday urged people to change their passwords as Japanese police investigated the hacking of hundreds of accounts. (Japan Today)
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LDP scraps plan to regulate Bitcoin

June 19, 2014 - 12:37
A special committee set up by Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party decided Thursday to scrap a plan to regulate the bitcoin virtual currency. (Jiji Press)
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Sony shareholders criticize executives

June 19, 2014 - 12:35
Sony shareholders have criticized the company's executives after it announced losses for the second year in a row. The management promised to change Sony's money-losing structure. (NHK)
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SoftBank unveils Android-like OS for robots

June 18, 2014 - 23:04
Billionaire Masayoshi Son wants to create Android for robots. A unit of Son's SoftBank Corp. has unveiled an operating system that purports to offer a way to control robots just as Google Inc.'s software runs smartphones and tablets. (Japan Times)
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Heads of failed game developer indicted over accounting fraud

June 17, 2014 - 23:19
Tokyo prosecutors indicted the chairman and the president of failed Japanese game software developer Index Corp. on Tuesday for alleged accounting manipulation. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese firms pulling employees from Iraq

June 17, 2014 - 22:57
Japanese businesses are pulling their employees from Iraq as the country's security situation deteriorates. (NHK)
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Seven i Holdings to open 7-Eleven store in Dubai

June 17, 2014 - 08:58
Major retailing group Seven & i Holdings Co. announced June 17 that it will open a 7-Eleven convenience store in Dubai in the summer of 2015, the first 7-Eleven outlet in the Middle East. (Asahi)
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Hitachi employees accused of illegally getting Diet library info

June 16, 2014 - 22:46
Japan's National Diet Library filed a criminal complaint with police against two employees of Hitachi Ltd. <6501> on Monday, accusing them of illegally obtaining internal information and obstructing bidding. (Jiji Press)
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Bridgestone becomes Olympic partner

June 14, 2014 - 23:37
Bridgestone Corp. has signed an agreement with the International Olympic Committee to become an official worldwide Olympic partner. (The Japan News)
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