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Bridgestone becomes Olympic partner

June 14, 2014 - 23:37
Bridgestone Corp. has signed an agreement with the International Olympic Committee to become an official worldwide Olympic partner. (The Japan News)
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Skymark Airlines inaugurates Airbus A330-300 jetliner, first to fly in Japan

June 14, 2014 - 14:07
Low-cost carrier Skymark Airlines inaugurated two new midsize Airbus A330-300 passenger jets, making it the first Japanese airliner to fly the model variant. (Asahi)
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Fast Retailing to team up with Red Sox

June 14, 2014 - 00:30
Fast Retailing Co., the operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, said it has agreed with the Boston Red Sox to support charity activities by the Major League Baseball club. (The Japan News)
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Coming 'Harry Potter' already magic for Universal Studios Japan

June 14, 2014 - 00:27
The new attraction based on the "Harry Potter" movies won't open at Universal Studios Japan until July 15, but it's already working its magic for the Osaka theme park, its partner hotels and travel agencies. (Nikkei)
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Red tape slows Jetstar Japan

June 13, 2014 - 08:08
Japan Airlines chairman Masaru Onishi has declared his confidence in Jetstar Japan, saying the low-cost airline model "is destined for success in Japan". (The Australian)
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Boeing says Japan firms to build part of 777X

June 12, 2014 - 23:02
US aerospace company Boeing says 5 Japanese firms will build 21 percent of its new passenger plane, the 777X. (NHK)
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Tokyo toy show opens

June 12, 2014 - 10:44
Toy makers from Japan and abroad are showcasing digital and other high-tech products in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Japan allows online drug sales

June 12, 2014 - 02:22
Pharmacies and drugstores across Japan can now sell most over-the-counter drugs via the Internet under a revised pharmaceutical law. (NHK)
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UNIQLO to open new global flagship store in Osaka

June 11, 2014 - 22:51
UNIQLO on Wednesday announced that it will open its latest global flagship store, UNIQLO OSAKA, in the commercial center of Umeda in the fall. This will be the second global flagship store in Osaka, along with the Shinsaibashi store. (Japan Today)
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Faulty Takata airbags prompt expanded Toyota recall

June 11, 2014 - 12:12
Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp's safety crisis deepened on Wednesday after the world's biggest carmaker Toyota Motor Corp recalled 650,000 more vehicles in Japan, and the supplier cautioned further fixes may be needed. (Reuters)
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Japan Diet OKs law for full liberalization of power retailing

June 11, 2014 - 12:08
Japan's Diet, or parliament, enacted a bill Wednesday to fully liberalize the electricity retail market by 2016 by abolishing the regional monopolies of major power suppliers. (Jiji Press)
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Toranomon Hills complex celebrates grand opening with its mascot on hand

June 11, 2014 - 09:20
"Toranomon," the look-alike of popular Japanese manga character "Doraemon," was on hand for the grand opening of his namesake, the towering Toranomon Hills commercial complex, in Tokyo's Minato Ward on June 11. (Asahi)
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Former Novartis employee arrested over tampered drug data

June 11, 2014 - 07:53
Tokyo prosecutors arrested a former employee of Novartis Pharma KK, the Japanese sales arm of the Swiss pharmaceutical giant, on suspicion of fabricating data to overstate the effects of the hypertension drug Diovan. (Asahi)
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Why Japan is cracking down on its tiny kei cars

June 11, 2014 - 00:12
You're unlikely to ever see one in the U.S., but for decades Japan's domestic market minicars have provided drivers with efficiency, practicality, ease of parking, style, and even fun behind the wheel. Today, the kei car has never been more popular. So why do Japanese automakers want to wean buyers off of them? (
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Nissan to launch commercial electric vehicle in October

June 10, 2014 - 23:46
Nissan Motor Co. will launch its first commercial electric vehicle in Japan in October. (The Japan News)
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Japan's latest Apple Store features all-glass walls, aluminum roof and spiral staircase

June 10, 2014 - 09:25
Construction workers have removed the protective barriers fronting the upcoming Apple Store in Omotesando, Japan, revealing three all-glass walls, a hanging Apple logo and central spiral staircase leading to an underground level. (
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Tohoku Electric seeks screening of nuclear plant

June 10, 2014 - 06:47
The operator of the Higashidori nuclear power plant in northern Japan has applied for a government safety screening with an eye to restarting the plant's reactor. (NHK)
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Japan's Uniqlo to raise prices

June 9, 2014 - 23:02
Uniqlo will increase prices on many items by an estimated 5% or so at its Japanese clothing stores from August amid climbing procurement costs. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo's new skyscraper complex Toranomon Hills unveil its mascot character that looks very much like someone

June 9, 2014 - 22:44
As one of the Tokyo's current large-scale urban redevelopment projects, another new skyscraper complex is going to open in 2 days in central Tokyo. (
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Sony 'overtakes' rival Nintendo in console sales

June 9, 2014 - 09:44
Sony has overtaken Nintendo for the first time in eight years, based on the total number of game consoles sold. (BBC)
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