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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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Japan's largest online retailer will accept Bitcoins 'sooner or later,' says CEO

July 16, 2014 - 23:46
Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO of Rakuten, an online retailer that outsells Amazon in Japan, announced in a speech to vendors Monday that his company will eventually accept Bitcoin. (
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Major redevelopment project underway in Tokyo's Shinagawa area

July 16, 2014 - 23:05
A public-private initiative is underway to redevelop areas around Shinagawa station in Tokyo, with project costs seen totaling more than 500 billion yen ($4.87 billion). (Nikkei)
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New tuna farm to address decline

July 16, 2014 - 22:48
A Japanese trading house and a group of researchers have teamed up to cultivate bluefin tuna -- a valuable fish whose catch is falling. They're now set to launch a new facility to expand output. (NHK)
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Japan waves goodbye to iTunes gift cards, hello to iTunes Pass

July 16, 2014 - 06:27
Purchasing a physical iTunes gift card could become a thing of the past in Japan, thanks to the launch of a new service called iTunes Pass. (
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Suspect admits selling Benesse customer data, gambling away cash

July 16, 2014 - 06:09
A man who has admitted involvement in the massive leaks of Benesse Corp. customers' personal information has also told police that he sold the illegally obtained data to a name-list broker for millions of yen that he used for gambling, sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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JX Nippon Oil to build 100 hydrogen stations in Japan

July 15, 2014 - 23:33
JX Nippon Oil & Energy plans to set up 100 Japanese hydrogen stations by fiscal 2018 in an effort to develop the infrastructure needed for the adoption of fuel cell vehicles. (Nikkei)
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Smartphone app maker Line applies for listing

July 15, 2014 - 22:49
A developer of smartphone messaging applications, Line, has applied for a listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange to raise funds to expand its overseas business. (NHK)
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100 yen shop chain told to stop bullying suppliers

July 15, 2014 - 10:25
Japan's Fair Trade Commission has demanded the discount retail chain Daiso stop business practices that inflict losses on its suppliers. (NHK)
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Japan regulations proving to be anti-tourist

July 14, 2014 - 11:41
It is almost an annual ritual for Japanese policymakers to vow to unravel the nation's thick web of economic regulations. This year, too, the government has pledged to carry out serious regulatory reform as part of its growth strategy. But many industries, including the tourist sector, remain burdened by regulations that seem to defy rationale. (Nikkei)
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Heirless Japan businesses

July 14, 2014 - 11:34
Takeshi Kaneko searched for nine years to find someone to take over the dried-food store his parents opened after they fled the rubble of Japan-occupied China at the end of World War II. (Bloomberg)
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Japan zoo makes wild fashion statement

July 14, 2014 - 10:53
A Japanese zoo has taken the catwalk to a wild new level, using some of its fiercest inhabitants to rip and claw jeans to a fashionably distressed look. (
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System engineer admits to involvement in Benesse customer data leak

July 14, 2014 - 10:21
A system engineer who worked at a contractor for an affiliate of Benesse Holdings Inc. late last year has admitted to involvement in a massive leak of Benesse customer data, sources close to the police investigation said Monday. (Nikkei)
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Rule changes block Ymobile's planned 4G wireless service

July 13, 2014 - 20:20
A government panel has adopted a proposal for regulatory changes that would block plans by discount mobile carrier Ymobile Corp. to offer fourth-generation wireless services. (The Japan News)
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SoftBank faces uphill battle in U.S. market

July 13, 2014 - 20:18
SoftBank Corp. is struggling to gain an edge in the U.S. mobile phone service market one year after its debut. (The Japan News)
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Parties to discuss funding for early Shinkansen openings

July 13, 2014 - 00:58
A ruling party project team for promoting construction of new Shinkansen lines has decided to call on the government to open routes currently under construction three to five years ahead of schedule. (The Japan News)
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Benesse client info may have been leaked from subcontractor

July 12, 2014 - 07:32
Huge amounts of personal information on customers of education service provider Benesse Corp. may have been leaked from a database management subcontractor of a Benesse affiliate, informed sources said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens

July 11, 2014 - 23:35
Japan's labor shortage is nearing crisis in some key industries as it spreads from construction to services, curbing companies' operations, pushing up wages and potentially crimping a tentative recovery in the world's third-largest economy. (Reuters)
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Uniqlo parent cuts forecast again after U.S. denim fails to take off

July 11, 2014 - 23:09
Fast Retailing Co., Asia's biggest clothing retailer, cut its annual profit forecast for a second time this fiscal year after suffering losses at its J Brand premium denim unit in the United States. (Japan Times)
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Japan's pachinko industry eyes a big gamble

July 11, 2014 - 00:07
"Welcome!" two young women in shorts and Hawaiian shirts chime over the clatter of pinballs and J-pop at the entrance to Million pachinko parlor in Tokyo's Suginami district. (
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