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Japan now has more car charging points than gas stations

February 15, 2015 - 00:36
Nissan Motor Co. has reported that Japan now has more places to charge electric vehicles than gas stations. ()
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Boeing wins $403 million upgrade deal for Japan government

February 15, 2015 - 00:29
Boeing Co (BA.N) has won a contract valued at $403 million to upgrade four 767-based airborne warning and control aircraft for the government of Japan, the Pentagon said in its daily list of major contract awards on Friday. (Reuters)
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Miserly use of vacation days

February 15, 2015 - 00:23
Japan may be the country with the fewest vacation days in the world. According to a recent poll by the labor ministry, in fiscal 2013 Japanese workers used less than half of their annual leave, taking only nine of the average 18.5 paid vacation days that they are entitled to. Around 16 percent of workers took no holidays at all. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo talent agency Yellow Cab goes bust

February 13, 2015 - 23:47
Yellow Cab, a venerable talent agency known for busty pin-up idols and models, has filed for bankruptcy, announced research firm Teikoku Databank on Friday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 13). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Australia, Japan working to lower roaming fees

February 12, 2015 - 23:52
Japan's Ministry of Communications on Friday will begin negotiating with the Australian government to reduce the surcharges incurred by smartphone users when traveling between the two countries. (Nikkei)
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Bain to buy Japanese bathhouse operator

February 12, 2015 - 23:44
U.S. private-equity firm Bain Capital will acquire a company running more than two dozen resort hotels and bathhouses in Japan, betting on its ability to profit from a rising tide of foreigners visiting the country. (Nikkei)
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Game developer apologizes for disgraced stem cell scientist look-alike character

February 11, 2015 - 22:39
In the "Star Galaxy" online game, "Haruko Oppenheimer" was a scientist conducting dangerous research under the theme "ultimate cell." (Asahi)
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Stores ready for Chinese New Year shopping spree

February 11, 2015 - 22:17
Major department stores and other retailers are hoping to cash in as they prepare for an influx of Chinese tourists during the Lunar New Year holidays. (The Japan News)
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Sprint's travails never end for SoftBank

February 10, 2015 - 23:54
Sprint, the U.S. wireless carrier bought in 2013 by SoftBank, continues to stand out in a bad way for the Japanese telecom group. (Nikkei)
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Yamato to discontinue DM delivery service

February 9, 2015 - 23:29
Major home delivery company Yamato Transport Co. will end its direct-mail delivery service at the end of March, prompted by its awareness of some cases in which senders are suspected of illegally enclosing "shinsho" - letters and other personal correspondence - in such parcels. (The Japan News)
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Kenji Ekuan, designer of the classic soy sauce dispenser, dead at age 85

February 9, 2015 - 23:18
Industrial designer Kenji Ekuan, whose works ranged from a bullet train to the red-capped Kikkoman soy sauce dispenser as familiar as the classic Coca-Cola bottle, has died, his company said. He was 85. (Japan Times)
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Department stores prepare for Chinese New Year

February 8, 2015 - 22:44
Department stores in Japan are preparing for the arrival of Chinese tourists during the Chinese New Year holidays. (NHK)
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Tokyo Station card orders swell

February 6, 2015 - 22:56
The Tokyo branch of East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) has announced that the number of applications for Suica electronic cards commemorating Tokyo Station's 100th anniversary had reached a total of about 3.16 million cards - as of 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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Taxi app Uber starts ride-sharing service in Japan

February 5, 2015 - 23:21
Taxi app Uber on Thursday launched a pilot ride-sharing service in one Japanese city, its latest bid to take on the transport industry around the world. (Japan Today)
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Multinationals may be forced to report income, tax

February 5, 2015 - 23:10
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is moving to have multinational companies pay what they really owe in tax. (NHK)
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Skymark finds turnaround sponsor

February 5, 2015 - 23:07
Struggling Skymark Airlines <9204> signed on Thursday a sponsorship contract with Tokyo-based investment firm Integral Corp. for its business turnaround. (Jiji Press)
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McDonald's Japan logs group net loss of 21.8 bil. yen in 2014

February 5, 2015 - 23:02
McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) said Thursday it logged a group net loss of 21.84 billion yen ($190.1 million) in 2014, falling into the red for the first time in 11 years due to a food-safety scandal. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo Disney Resort to offer 800 contract workers permanent employment

February 5, 2015 - 12:36
More than 800 contract employees of Tokyo Disney Resort will be eligible to become regular permanent workers to offset a growing labor shortage, Oriental Land Co. said Feb. 4. (Asahi)
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Netflix streaming service heading for Japan next autumn

February 5, 2015 - 05:56
Netflix said that it will expand its online streaming television and movie service to Japan next autumn. (Japan Today)
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Sony revises upward FY2014 earnings forecast

February 4, 2015 - 23:44
Sony has revised upward its earnings forecast for the business year through March. Strong sales of game consoles and image-processing sensors for smartphones are providing a boost. (NHK)
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