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Bonito bounty

May 17, 2015 - 01:07
A fisherman handles this year's first catch of bonito to land at Onahama fishing port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on Saturday morning. (The Japan News)
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Japan's big banks turn in mixed results for fiscal 2014

May 16, 2015 - 00:44
Earnings at five major Japanese banking groups diverged in the year ended March 31, with differences in growth strategies leading to higher profits at two and declines at the rest. (Nikkei)
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Cannes: Japan's Gaga plans to launch new distribution label

May 16, 2015 - 00:34
Leading Japanese indie distributor Gaga Corp. is planning build on its brand recognition with the Japanese public and to expand the range and number of films it acquires. (variety.com)
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Honda begins sales of all-new SHUTTLE compact station wagon

May 16, 2015 - 00:11
Honda Motor Co on Friday began sales of the all-new Honda SHUTTLE compact wagon. (Japan Today)
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Wrong accounting bedevils Toshiba

May 15, 2015 - 23:55
Toshiba Corp. faces a risk of expanding losses from accounting irregularities related to infrastructure projects. (The Japan News)
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Sony execs to give up bonuses for 4th year

May 14, 2015 - 23:03
Executives at Sony will be going without their bonuses for the 4th straight year. They are taking responsibility for the firm's reported massive loss for the last business year. (NHK)
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Sharp unveils Y225 billion bailout

May 14, 2015 - 22:54
Sharp Corp. said it had secured a ¥225 billion ($1.9 billion) bailout, its second major bank-led rescue in three years, after falling deep into the red as its smartphone display business was battered by competition from Asian rivals. (The Japan News)
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Toyota, Mazda agree to tie up on eco-friendly, safety technology

May 13, 2015 - 23:17
Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. have agreed to expand their tie-up to include cooperation in the fields of eco-friendly and safety technology, the two companies said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Toyota and Nissan recall 6.5 million cars over airbags

May 13, 2015 - 13:47
Japanese car giants Toyota and Nissan are recalling a total of 6.5 million cars globally to replace potentially faulty airbag inflators made by Takata. (BBC)
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Sharp to scale down capital cut plan

May 13, 2015 - 09:21
Japanese electronics maker Sharp has decided to scale down its plan to greatly reduce its capital after government criticism of the attempt to ease the firm's tax burden. (NHK)
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Philippines threatens to suspend Japanese tycoon's casino license

May 13, 2015 - 05:01
The Philippines' gambling regulator said Tuesday it would suspend Japanese tycoon Kazuo Okada's license to operate a $1 billion Manila casino if he fails to explain construction delays. (Japan Today)
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NTT Docomo to tie up with Ponta loyalty points

May 12, 2015 - 23:20
NTT Docomo, Inc. plans to allow point exchanges between its point system and the Ponta loyalty program as early as in December, it was learned Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Japan to set saury catch quota at record low

May 12, 2015 - 23:18
Japan's government plans to enhance saury stock management partly by setting Japanese fishing boats' combined catch quota in coastal waters around the country at 264,000 tons for the year from July, the lowest level under the current regulatory framework that started in 1997, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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U.S. airlines passing over Japan for Asian routes

May 12, 2015 - 23:04
U.S. airlines are increasingly passing over Japan's largest international airport, as they have boosted their number of flights directly connecting the U.S. and Asian cities outside Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Softbank promotes ex-Google man, names him 'top successor candidate'

May 12, 2015 - 09:32
Telecommunications giant Softbank Corp. has rapidly promoted its "top successor candidate" to the position of representative director and president, and said the company will place greater emphasis on its global businesses. (Asahi)
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McDonald's Japan to ask mothers for input

May 11, 2015 - 23:01
McDonald's Holdings Japan says it will ask for mothers' opinions on improving its food safety measures. (NHK)
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SoftBank books 28.5% growth in annual net profit

May 11, 2015 - 22:52
SoftBank Corp. on Monday reported a group net profit of ¥668.36 billion for the business year ended in March, up 28.5 percent from the previous year, on sales of ¥8.67 trillion, up 30.1 percent. (The Japan News)
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Mobile carriers to list actual data speeds

May 10, 2015 - 23:17
The communications ministry is set to call on three major mobile carriers to advertise their smartphone data transfer rates in terms of actual speed, rather than only the theoretical maximum, according to sources. (The Japan News)
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