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Japan's top convenience stores dominate like never before

July 22, 2014 - 23:11
The five biggest convenience store operators in Japan claimed more than 90% of the market by sales for the first time in fiscal 2013. (Nikkei)
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Starbucks gives caffeine jolt to plans for new stores in Japan

July 22, 2014 - 23:08
Starbucks Coffee Japan plans to open new outlets at an accelerated pace while shifting its focus from urban centers to suburban areas. (Nikkei)
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Hitachi throws down gauntlet to top 3 train makers

July 22, 2014 - 23:04
Hitachi on Monday unveiled standard rail cars developed for overseas customers, an occasion that revealed the company's vaulting ambition for a market dominated by three giants. (NHK)
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China food scandal drags in other chains, spreads to McDonald's Japan

July 22, 2014 - 11:47
A toxic food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in U.S. coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King Worldwide Inc. and others, as well as products of McDonald's Corp. as far away as Japan. (Japan Times)
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TSE to adopt Y0.10, Y0.50 price units

July 22, 2014 - 06:37
Starting on Tuesday, the Tokyo Stock Exchange will adopt monetary units lower than Y1 for prices of 100 major stocks to be traded by investors. (The Japan News)
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Info on 22.6 million Benesse customers copied by arrested man

July 22, 2014 - 03:23
Personal information on some 22.6 million Benesse Corp. customers was stored in a smartphone used by a systems engineer arrested last week for allegedly stealing such data from the education service provider, the company has said. (Jiji Press)
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New orders bring ray of hope to Mitsubishi Regional Jet

July 21, 2014 - 22:50
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has received a welcome boost with new orders for 50 of its Mitsubishi Regional Jet, a domestically produced small passenger plane, at the Farnborough International Airshow held in England through Sunday. (The Japan News)
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Abe says gov't will offer Y2 mil subsidy for fuel-cell cars

July 20, 2014 - 23:35
Japan will offer at least 2 million yen in subsidies for fuel-cell vehicles, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said according to media, as the government and Japanese carmakers including Toyota Motor Corp join forces to speed up the introduction the vehicles. (Japan Today)
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After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

July 20, 2014 - 01:05
Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker. (AP)
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SoftBank hires Google's Arora

July 19, 2014 - 00:32
Japanese telecom company SoftBank says it has hired Google's sales chief as vice chairman. (NHK)
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GameOverZeus malware infect 1 million PCs

July 19, 2014 - 00:14
Japan's National Police Agency has learned that up to one million computers around the world have been infected by a notorious malware that steals banking information. (NHK)
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Tokyo-Nagoya maglev construction given OK

July 18, 2014 - 23:58
Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Akihiro Ota effectively gave the green light on Friday to construction of the Tokyo-Nagoya section of a planned high-speed, magnetic levitation Shinkansen train line. (The Japan News)
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Japanese businesses urged to promote 'Doraemon' in U.S.

July 17, 2014 - 23:48
Japanese companies doing business in New York are being asked to help promote "Doraemon," the popular Japanese anime, in the United States. (Jiji Press)
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With cold coffee booming, ice is hot this summer

July 17, 2014 - 23:45
Ice makers are ramping up production to meet demand spurred by the popularity of cold coffee sold near convenience store cash registers. (The Japan News)
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Mazda2 output begins in Japan

July 17, 2014 - 23:41
Mazda Motor Corp. began manufacturing the next-generation Mazda2 subcompact in Japan today and unveiled the first pictures of the production model. (
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Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

July 17, 2014 - 23:32
New mobile phone entrant Ymobile Corp. unveiled monthly fixed-price service plans Thursday that include voice calling and Internet access to woo newcomers to smartphones with simpler and cheaper contracts. (Japan Times)
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Sony aims to spread FeliCa abroad

July 17, 2014 - 23:29
Japan's Sony plans to make its IC chip technology compatible with overseas telecom standards. (NHK)
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Nissan CEO: Japan female bosses goal too ambitious

July 17, 2014 - 12:48
Nissan's chief executive, who has long made a point of promoting women to management positions, said the Japanese prime minister's plan to boost female bosses to 30 percent by 2020 is too ambitious. (Washington Post)
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Japan's KDDI, Sumitomo set out to develop Myanmar's wireless frontier

July 17, 2014 - 10:51
Major wireless carrier KDDI and trading house Sumitomo Corp. have established a joint venture to enter Myanmar's nascent mobile service market. (Nikkei)
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Deadly pig virus pulls more pork imports to Japan

July 16, 2014 - 23:48
More pigs from Europe and Mexico could be heading to Japan, the world's largest pork importer, as a hog virus outbreak is driving up domestic prices, according to the country's Agriculture Ministry. (
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