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Japan's Rakuten to open online flagship store in China

December 17, 2015 - 21:22
Rakuten, Japan's e-commerce market leader, and, China's leading direct online sales company, on Wednesday announced the signing of an agreement to establish a Rakuten online flagship store on JD Worldwide,'s cross-border platform. (
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Train development delay expected to push back Nagasaki route opening

December 17, 2015 - 21:18
The Kyushu Shinkansen Nagasaki route is unlikely to be opened as scheduled in fiscal 2022 because development of so-called free gauge trains to be used on the route has been delayed. (
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Japan panel eyes registration system for virtual currency exchanges

December 16, 2015 - 22:25
A working group under the Financial System Council has compiled a draft proposal on regulations for virtual currencies that are traded on the Internet, informed sources said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Former AIJ heads into bankruptcy over retirement assets

December 16, 2015 - 22:13
Bankruptcy proceedings are set to begin for the former AIJ Investment Advisors, the Tokyo firm that became infamous nearly four years ago for losing tens of billions of yen in individuals' retirement savings. (Nikkei)
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Airbnb: Will Japan kill the golden goose?

December 16, 2015 - 22:09
Individuals opening their private homes for travelers is nothing new to Japan. During the Edo Period (1615-1868), travelers such as the famed Matsuo Basho, on his journey to the far north, made use of the minpaku system. (Japan Times)
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Major unauthorized lodging case sent to prosecutors in Kyoto

December 16, 2015 - 11:15
Police sent to public prosecutors Wednesday an unauthorized minpaku (lodging) case in which rented rooms were allegedly used as inexpensive accommodations for a large number of Chinese tourists in Kyoto earlier this year. (Japan Times)
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Japan panel proposes cutting smartphone charges to 5,000 yen or less

December 16, 2015 - 08:00
An advisory panel to the Japanese government on Wednesday recommended lowering monthly smartphone charges to 5,000 yen or less for light users of data communications. (Jiji Press)
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