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Japanese Digital Music Revenues Up 5 Percent

August 25, 2015 - 05:28
Japan's digital music market grew 5 percent in the first half of the year, according to figures released Monday by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. (
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SoftBank boss gives Japanese economy a jolt

August 25, 2015 - 05:22
The word gaijin is used in Japan both to describe foreigners, and to suggest their inability to truly understand Japanese culture. The term no doubt came to mind last week when the non-Japanese president of the giant internet firm SoftBank used his own money to place a big bet on the company. (
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4K TVs spread despite few programs

August 24, 2015 - 22:01
Ultrahigh-definition 4K televisions (see below) have become widespread, despite the cautious approach taken by major TV stations that has resulted in very few programs and other content being available in 4K resolution. (The Japan News)
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7-Eleven oden ad refused by Tokyo Olympic Committee due to similarity to their logo

August 24, 2015 - 21:59
The dispute over the emblem for the 2020 Olympic games and its alleged plagiarism continues to simmer in Japan people are still suggesting alternatives to what are currently the most beleaguered geometric shapes in the world. (
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Qantas injects another $55 million into Jetstar Japan

August 24, 2015 - 10:01
Qantas Airways has injected cash into its loss-making Jetstar Japan venture for the second time in less than two months, with the latest ¥5 billion ($55 million) commitment boosting its total investment in the carrier to $215 million. (
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Netflix Partners With SoftBank in Japan

August 24, 2015 - 10:01
Netflix Inc. has agreed to a tie-up with Japan's SoftBank Group Corp. for the Japan launch of its video-streaming service on Sept. 2. (
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New rule will change definition of Japanese wine

August 23, 2015 - 23:02
The National Tax Agency is preparing to establish a new rule that will require wine labeled as Japanese wine to be wholly produced in Japan using domestically harvested grapes. (The Japan News)
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3,234 Sharp workers apply for voluntary retirement

August 23, 2015 - 00:31
Sharp Corp. said Friday that 3,234 employees have applied for its voluntary retirement program. (The Japan News)
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French MtGox CEO to be rearrested over bitcoin theft claims in Japan

August 20, 2015 - 23:49
Japanese police will reportedly rearrest the CEO of collapsed bitcoin exchange MtGox on theft allegations, as he faces questions over the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency. (
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Rakuten begins extra-fast deliveries in Tokyo

August 20, 2015 - 23:26
Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has launched a rapid delivery service for daily necessities in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Japan pension operator inherits problems of scandal-hit predecessor: report

August 20, 2015 - 23:07
The Japan Pension Service said in a report Thursday that the massive leak of public pension data in May occurred because the operator of Japan's public pension system failed to implement reforms following a series of scandals at its predecessor. (Jiji Press)
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FC2 founder placed on intl wanted list

August 20, 2015 - 23:03
An arrest warrant has been issued for the founder of the FC2 video-sharing website on suspicion of distributing obscene electronically recorded material, according to sources connected to the anti-cybercrime unit of the Kyoto prefectural police and other authorities. (The Japan News)
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Uniqlo operator to offer 4-day workweek

August 19, 2015 - 23:13
Japan's Fast Retailing will allow around one-fifth of full-time employees to take three-day weekends in exchange for longer work hours starting in October in a move to hold onto talented workers amid a labor shortage. (Nikkei)
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Designer of Tokyo Olympics emblem faces new allegations over zoo logo

August 19, 2015 - 23:11
Embattled graphics designer Kenjiro Sano was fighting new allegations of plagiarism after a Nagoya zoo called for an investigation into a logo created for it by his studio. (Asahi)
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H.I.S. transforms struggling Nagasaki theme park into innovative moneymaker

August 19, 2015 - 23:04
When travel agency H.I.S. Co. took over the moribund Huis Ten Bosch Co. in 2010, the outlook looked bleak for the Dutch-inspired theme park. (Asahi)
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Tokyo Olympics organizer blames Belgian designer

August 18, 2015 - 23:22
The Organising Committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has issued a statement criticizing a lawsuit filed by a Belgian graphic designer over logo copyright infringement. (NHK)
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Toshiba to fall into red in FY 2014 after accounting scandal

August 18, 2015 - 22:49
Toshiba Corp. said Tuesday it is likely to have fallen into the red in the business year ended in March due to losses and a reduction in asset values resulting from its correction of past earnings, after a widespread accounting scandal forced it to withdraw its previous estimate. (Kyodo)
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Butter price exorbitant due to import controls

August 17, 2015 - 22:56
The gap is growing between the price of butter in Japan and its price internationally. While supplies of butter remain short in Japan, importing low-cost butter from overseas is complicated by the Japanese government's sharp curtailing of the volume of imports to protect the nation's relatively uncompetitive dairy farmers. (The Japan News)
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Lotte shareholders OK current management

August 17, 2015 - 22:54
Shareholders of Japan's Lotte Holdings Co. on Monday voted to let the current management led by Vice Chairman Akio Shigemitsu, the second son of the Lotte group's founder, Takeo, to establish a stable management setup. (The Japan News)
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