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Tokyo to set up 80 hydrogen stations by 2025

November 18, 2014 - 22:38
The Tokyo metropolitan government Tuesday announced a plan to increase the number of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles in Tokyo to 35 by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and to 80 by 2025. (Kyodo)
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Little Tokyo popping up in Jakarta suburb

November 18, 2014 - 22:35
An Indonesian conglomerate owned by ethnic Chinese plans to develop a "Little Tokyo" on the outskirts of this capital city to cater to the growing number of Japanese sent here by their employers back home. (Nikkei)
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Tokuda 'took kickbacks, dodged tax on Y100 million'

November 18, 2014 - 21:50
Torao Tokuda, former head of the Tokushukai hospital group, has been accused by the Kumamoto Regional Taxation Bureau of keeping a secret fund of about Y100 million, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned from sources. (The Japan News)
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Toyota to launch world's 1st consumer fuel-cell vehicle Dec. 15

November 18, 2014 - 06:31
Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will start selling its Mirai hydrogen-powered vehicle in Japan on Dec. 15, becoming the world's first automaker to launch a fuel-cell vehicle for general consumers. (Kyodo)
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Sushi eaters pushing Pacific bluefin tuna to brink of extinction

November 17, 2014 - 21:45
The never-ending demand for Pacific bluefin tuna among sushi lovers is driving the iconic fish towards extinction, a conservation group said. (
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SIM-free iPhone 6 prices up

November 16, 2014 - 22:33
Apple Inc. of the United States on Friday raised the prices by Y8,640 to Y12,960 in Japan for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models without subscriber identity module locks. (The Japan News)
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Laox will launch another big store in Tokyo for tourists

November 14, 2014 - 22:36
Laox, the retailer of electronics and duty-free goods, will open a large store in Tokyo next June to cater to tourists visiting from China and other countries. (Nikkei)
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Beef bowl chains struggling to survive

November 14, 2014 - 22:28
Gyudon beef bowl chains, which once saw rapid growth amid the nation's prolonged deflation, are now struggling to survive amid a labor shortage and soaring beef prices. (The Japan News)
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Asahi Shimbun announces resignation of president

November 14, 2014 - 21:59
Japanese major newspaper publisher Asahi Shimbun Co. said Friday its president, Tadakazu Kimura, will resign on Dec. 5 to take the blame for inaccurate reports on the country's worst nuclear crisis and the so-called "comfort women" issue. (Jiji Press)
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Asahi Breweries to Buy Japanese Restaurant Nadaman

November 14, 2014 - 21:54
Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. said Friday that wholly owned subsidiary Asahi Breweries Ltd. will buy Japanese restaurant operator Nadaman Co. (The Japan News)
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Private, public subsidies to make hydrogen as cheap as gasoline

November 13, 2014 - 22:20
Japanese carmakers and the government will work to make hydrogen as affordable as gasoline by shouldering a portion of the costs to operate fueling stations nationwide. (Nikkei)
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Honda launches jet aircraft business

November 13, 2014 - 21:53
Honda Motor Co. launched aircraft-related business on Wednesday by beginning production of jet engines at its factory in Burlington, N.C. (The Japan News)
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Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks' success

November 11, 2014 - 22:59
Above the converging crowds at the famous Shibuya scramble crossing in Tokyo glows the unmissable bright green sign of Starbucks, a magnet that pulls in a steady stream of hip, young Japanese. (
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Japan's 'Butter refugees' cry over spilt milk as butter shortage hit Christmas baking

November 11, 2014 - 06:50
Japanese shoppers are up in arms over a serious butter shortage that has forced Tokyo to resort to emergency imports, as some grocers limit sales to one block per customer. (
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In wake of meat scandal, McDonald's Japan losing not only customers, but employees, too

November 10, 2014 - 22:55
It's been a pretty rough year for McDonald's in Japan, in the same way that getting hit by a bus on your way to work would make for a rough morning. (
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NEC rolls out counterfeit spotting technology

November 10, 2014 - 22:45
NEC on Monday unveiled a technology that sniffs out even the most convincing counterfeits by reading microscopic patterns on everything from a luxury purse to a metal bolt. (Japan Today)
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Stores prepare New Year lucky bags for foreigners

November 10, 2014 - 22:30
More and more foreign tourists are coming to Japan to shop. Department stores are now preparing something special for them for the upcoming New Year holidays. (NHK)
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Yahoo Japan to allow deleting info

November 7, 2014 - 21:30
Yahoo Japan is poised to set new rules to allow people to delete online information that would appear in Internet search results. (NHK)
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Lotte Duty Free coming to Tokyo's Ginza

November 6, 2014 - 22:43
South Korea's Lotte Duty Free is opening a shop in central Tokyo, advancing into urban areas after a successful launch at Osaka's Kansai Airport in September. (Nikkei)
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Japanese companies growing wary of yen's incessant slide

November 6, 2014 - 22:42
The yen is trading significantly weaker than many Japanese companies anticipated, raising the specter of cost increases for smaller businesses and even some large ones. (Nikkei)
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