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Warning issued after consumers sustain major burns from using coolant skin sprays

July 31, 2014 - 23:40
The Consumer Affairs Agency has issued a warning to consumers to be careful when using topical coolant skin sprays after a number of cases in which people sustained serious burns after the spray ignited. (Japan Today)
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With Tesla deal, Panasonic sees risk and reward

July 31, 2014 - 23:31
Panasonic has been scaling back investment under President Kazuhiro Tsuga but seems ready for a reversal, as suggested by its plans announced Thursday to build a lithium-ion battery plant in collaboration with U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors. (Nikkei)
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Japan punishes Novartis for not reporting side effects

July 31, 2014 - 23:12
Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry issued a business improvement order on Thursday to Novartis Pharma K.K. for its failure to report serious side effects of its leukemia treatment drugs. (Jiji Press)
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Hokkaido Electric applies for 17 pct rate hike

July 31, 2014 - 13:05
Hokkaido Electric Power Co. <9509> applied for government approval Thursday of its plan to raise electricity rates for households by 17.03 pct on average, the first hike since September last year. (Jiji Press)
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HondaJet prepares for take off with aviation venture

July 31, 2014 - 00:13
It was just over half a century ago that Honda Motor Co.'s founder, Soichiro Honda, made public his aspiration to eventually enter the aviation business. That dream is about to take off. (Japan Times)
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Govt to fund start-up CEOs

July 30, 2014 - 23:55
The government plans to start a system this fiscal year under which it will provide living costs of Y6.5 million per year, for up to two years, for people who quit their companies and start a new business. (The Japan News)
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Sony joins Japanese exodus from London Stock Exchange

July 30, 2014 - 23:51
Sony said Wednesday it would de-list its shares from the London Stock Exchange after 44 years because of thin trading volume, following a series of pullouts by other Japanese firms. (Japan Today)
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McDonald's Japan unveils 'tofu nuggets' after China meat scandal

July 30, 2014 - 23:20
McDonald's restaurants in Japan are turning to time-honoured Asian soul food-tofu-as the chain scrambles to minimise the damage from an embarrassing tainted meat scandal in China. (Japan Today)
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Japan police, U.S. authorities to probe bitcoin withdrawals from Mt. Gox

July 30, 2014 - 22:52
The Metropolitan Police Department will launch a full-scale investigation into the collapse of Mt. Gox, a Tokyo-based major exchange for the bitcoin digital currency, on suspicion of computer fraud, suspecting that a large quantities of bitcoins were illegally withdrawn from the company's system, it was learned Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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Toyota remains world's top selling automaker, plans to sell more than 10 million cars in 2014

July 30, 2014 - 13:10
Toyota remained the top-selling automaker for a second year in a row, beating U.S. rival General Motors by some 270,000 vehicles in 2013, and set an ambitious target to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year. (
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China scandal pushes McDonald's Japan to upgrade food-safety steps

July 29, 2014 - 14:23
McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) apologized Tuesday for a recent scandal over chicken meat provided by a Chinese producer, promising to do "whatever it takes" to ensure the safety of food on its menu. (Kyodo)
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Airbus cancels order for six A380s from Skymark

July 29, 2014 - 07:39
Airbus has cancelled an order for six A380 superjumbos from Skymark Airlines because the Japanese company is facing financial difficulties, French daily Les Echos reported on Monday (July 28). (
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Mazda to end passenger-vehicle partnership with Ford

July 28, 2014 - 23:39
Mazda Motor will dissolve its tie-up in passenger-vehicle production with Ford Motor, taking over the U.S. carmaker's assembly lines at their sole jointly run facility, located in Thailand. (Nikkei)
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Sony to sell Minato Ward HQ land to Sony Life

July 28, 2014 - 23:16
Sony Corp. said Monday it has agreed to sell the land of its headquarters in Tokyo's Minato Ward to Sony Life Insurance Co. for Y52.8 billion. (Japan Times)
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Fast food shops in Japan start serving alcohol

July 28, 2014 - 22:57
Since March, Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan Ltd. has served beers from various countries with meals such as "confit," or meat cooked in low-temperature oil, and pastas in the evening at its newly opened restaurant in the Otemachi central Tokyo business district. (Jiji Press)
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'Godzilla' winning weekend box office in Japan

July 27, 2014 - 09:43
"Godzilla," Gareth Edwards' Hollywood retelling of the classic Japanese monster tale, appears on course to top the box office in Japan. (
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Uniqlo keen to source garments from India

July 27, 2014 - 01:24
Uniqlo, Japan's largest clothing store chain is keen on sourcing the garments from India. Uniqlo is the wholly owned subsidiary of Yanai controlled company, Fast Retailing. (
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Japanese businesses benefiting from hotter-than-expected summer

July 26, 2014 - 01:07
Scorching heat has been the norm across Japan in recent days. On Friday, Tajimi in the landlocked prefecture of Gifu saw thermometers hit 39.3 C, the nation's highest temperature so far this year. (Nikkei)
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McDonald's Japan stops using Chinese chicken

July 26, 2014 - 00:24
Fast food restaurant chain operator McDonald's Japan says it has stopped using chicken meat from all Chinese suppliers. (NHK)
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IPO numbers exceed pre-Lehman shock level

July 24, 2014 - 23:19
The number of companies that went public on Japanese stock exchanges in the January-July period of this year totaled 30, topping the 25 in the same period of 2008 shortly before the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers. (The Japan News)
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