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IKEA to stop selling 'Sea of Japan' map next year after drawing fire in South Korea

December 6, 2014 - 04:07
Swedish furniture giant IKEA has reportedly said next year it will stop selling a controversial decorative map in which the body of water between the Korean Peninsula and Japan is labeled only as the Sea of Japan. (Japan Times)
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Asahi shareholders OK resignation of president

December 6, 2014 - 03:30
Shareholders of The Asahi Shimbun, which came under fire for its reporting on the Yoshida file and so-called comfort women, approved the resignation of Tadakazu Kimura as president of the newspaper during an extraordinary shareholders meeting on Friday. (The Japan News)
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SoftBank invests $250m in GrabTaxi

December 4, 2014 - 04:39
Tokyo-based mobile carrier giant Softbank Corp said it has invested $250m (£159.2m) in one of Southeast Asia's fastest growing taxi app services, GrabTaxi. (BBC)
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Takata under fire from Congress over air bags

December 4, 2014 - 04:02
Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. <7312> came under fire at a congressional hearing on Wednesday after denying the need to immediately expand its recall to cover the whole of the United States, as demanded by regulators. (Jiji Press)
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Benesse hopes first-ever job cuts help clear way to rebirth

December 3, 2014 - 22:53
Reeling from a massive customer data leak scandal, Japanese education service provider Benesse Holdings has decided to swallow a bitter pill in the hope of returning to health. (Nikkei)
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Jetstar Japan to start first international flights

December 3, 2014 - 22:39
Budget airline Jetstar Japan plans to launch its first international flights next year between Osaka and Hong Kong. (NHK)
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Foreign-run hotels opening in Kyoto

December 3, 2014 - 22:25
Numerous foreign-owned luxury hotel chains have opened or are planning to open hotels in Kyoto, a global tourist destination where the number of overseas tourists is expected to continue to rise. (The Japan News)
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Yahoo Japan challenges report on news apps, refuses to admit it is losing to two startups

December 3, 2014 - 00:17
Over the past 18 months, news curation apps have become a hot vertical in Japan's startup world. The business strategy of these apps is simple - become a must-use website and see advertising dollars pour in. (
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Japan's pachinko parlors look abroad

December 3, 2014 - 00:14
As international casino giants lobby Japan to let them open up shop there, the country's own breed of gambling companies are looking abroad to raise funds and strike deals. (Wall Street Journal)
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Real estate trading in Tokyo picks up

December 2, 2014 - 23:49
Large-scale trading of real estate, mainly in central Tokyo, has been on the rise thanks to great demand for office space, backed by companies' earnings recovering. (The Japan News)
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How (not) to drink the world's best whisky

December 2, 2014 - 23:46
The first thing you notice is the smell: rich, deep, and mysterious. And somehow, both fresh and musty at the same time. It's a scent that immediately piques your curiosity. (CNN)
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