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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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Honda recalls 175,000 hybrid vehicles in Japan

July 10, 2014 - 23:41
Automaker Honda said on Thursday it was recalling about 175,000 vehicles in Japan due to on-board software problems that resulted in 11 minor accidents. (
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Downtown Tokyo office rents up for sixth straight month

July 10, 2014 - 23:33
Office rents in downtown Tokyo climbed for the sixth consecutive month as vacancy rates hit a five-year low amid robust demand for office space. (Nikkei)
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IT firm allegedly purchases leaked personal data

July 10, 2014 - 23:20
A Japanese IT firm running an online study program is suspected of using personal data leaked from education company Benesse to send direct mail. (NHK)
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Japan consultants indicted over Vietnam ODA kickbacks

July 10, 2014 - 23:06
Tokyo prosecutors indicted two former and one current executives of a Tokyo consulting firm without arrest on Thursday, alleging they paid tens of millions of yen in kickbacks to Vietnamese government officials over a railway project in the Southeast Asian country covered by Japan's official development assistance program. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's beer shipments hit record low

July 10, 2014 - 22:58
Shipments of beer and beer-like drinks in Japan hit a record low for the first 6 months of the year. (NHK)
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Japan firm: 7.6 mil. personal info items leaked

July 10, 2014 - 00:29
An education company in Japan says 7.6 million items of personal information have been leaked, and the number may swell to more than 20 million. (NHK)
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Universal Studios Japan operator looking to relist on TSE

July 9, 2014 - 07:49
The operator of Universal Studios Japan is looking to relist on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in fiscal 2015, which starts next April. (Nikkei)
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Disney fans go crazy for new character at Tokyo DisneySea

July 8, 2014 - 23:35
Tokyo DisneySea mascot Duffy the Bear has a brand new friend! And that means new character goods now on sale at the park, and of course hundreds of Disney fans eager to get their paws on them. (
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Beef, wine sellers in Japan hail EPA with Australia

July 8, 2014 - 22:42
Japanese restaurant operators and retailers handling beef and wine have praised Japan's economic partnership agreement with Australia, as it is expected to bring down procurement prices. (Jiji Press)
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Kyushu Railway to go public by fiscal 2016

July 7, 2014 - 23:47
Japan's transport ministry is weighing plans for an initial public offering by Kyushu Railway, one of the last government-owned blocs of the old national rail network. (Nikkei)
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McDonald's Japan marks 8% sales decline in June

July 7, 2014 - 23:42
McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) said Monday that its same-store sales in June fell 8 percent from last year, down for the fifth straight month. (The Japan News)
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White spot affliction still a black mark for Kanebo

July 7, 2014 - 00:08
The problem of white spots afflicting the skin of some users of Kanebo Cosmetics Inc.'s products continues to have a negative impact on the company. Friday marked one year to the day since the Tokyo-based firm announced the existence of the damage to people's health. (The Japan News)
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Top-notch Japanese grapes fetch a record $5,400: reports

July 6, 2014 - 23:33
A bridal couple at a wedding venue in Ishikawa Prefecture will have a special treat at their banquet: a bunch of fresh, juicy grapes that cost a record $5,400. (Japan Times)
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Japan sees grilled eel prices falling

July 5, 2014 - 10:57
Grilled eel prices have been dropping in Japan after years of sharp rise due to expectations of an increased supply. (Jiji Press)
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Banking group drafts guidelines for online theft compensation

July 5, 2014 - 10:55
Japan's top banking industry group has drafted new guidelines on how banks should compensate companies, especially small and midsize ones, for damage from online money theft, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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