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New condos on sale drop for 7th straight month

September 17, 2014 - 00:02
The number of new condominiums put on sale in the Tokyo metropolitan area dropped in August year-on-year for the 7th straight month. (NHK)
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How will SoftBank use gains from Alibaba listing?

September 16, 2014 - 23:49
The listing of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding on the New York Stock Exchange could be worth as much as 5 trillion yen ($46.2 billion) to its biggest shareholder, SoftBank. (Nikkei)
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Nissan faces battery plant cuts as electric car hopes fade

September 15, 2014 - 23:36
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. boss Carlos Ghosn is preparing to cut battery manufacturing, people familiar with the matter said, in a new reversal on electric cars that has re-opened deep divisions with alliance partner Renault. (
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Asahi admits to making up interview with Nintendo president

September 14, 2014 - 22:28
The Asahi Shimbun, under fire for erroneous reports on Japan's wartime military brothels and the testimony of the late chief of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, revealed Sunday yet another scandal, saying it fabricated an interview with the president of Nintendo Co. (Kyodo)
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Rakuten considering Airbnb-like home rental service in Japan

September 13, 2014 - 05:57
Rakuten Inc, Japan's largest e-commerce company, has been actively considering launching a service like website Airbnb that would provide a hub to rent apartments and homes in Japan to short-term guests, two people with knowledge of the developing plans told Reuters. (Japan Today)
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Mazda unveils all-new Demio compact, targeting overseas profits

September 13, 2014 - 01:43
For the first time in seven years, Mazda Motor has revamped its Demio compact, which now comes with eco-friendly diesel engine technology. (Nikkei)
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Starbucks to conquer final frontier in Japan: Tottori Prefecture

September 11, 2014 - 23:16
Starbucks Coffee Japan plans to open a store in Tottori Prefecture, the sole remaining Japanese prefecture where the coffee shop operator still lacks a presence. (Nikkei)
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Anti-mosquito products flying off shelves amid dengue outbreak

September 11, 2014 - 07:03
The ongoing outbreak of dengue fever traced to Tokyo's Yoyogi Park is prompting consumers to snap up anti-mosquito skin sprays in a season when sales of the item usually decline, while a novel type of mosquito guard is also seeing a sudden surge in demand, industry sources say. (Japan Times)
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Salmon still affected by 3/11 disaster, dealing blow to Tohoku economy

September 11, 2014 - 06:57
The salmon run in northeastern Japan this autumn will likely plummet by 40 percent compared with last year due to damage to hatcheries caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster. (Asahi)
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NTT, KDDI and Softbank to sell new iPhone 6 from Sept. 19

September 11, 2014 - 00:25
Japan's three largest mobile phone carriers said Sept. 10 that they will start sales of Apple Inc.'s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Sept. 19. (Asahi)
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Benesse info leak victims to get 500-yen cash vouchers

September 10, 2014 - 18:58
Benesse Holdings Inc. said Wednesday that it will give 500-yen cash vouchers to customers affected by the recent information leak scandal at its core education service unit. (Jiji Press)
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VW: Fuel-cell cars doomed to struggle outside of Japan

September 9, 2014 - 23:59
Volkswagen AG, vying with Toyota Motor Corp. for the lead in the global auto industry, said cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells will probably struggle catching on beyond Japan's borders. (
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Japanese supermarkets to promote part-timers amid staff shortage

September 9, 2014 - 23:45
Major Japanese supermarkets are implementing new staffing policies to cope with a serious labor shortage, including promoting part-time workers to regular status and recruiting the elderly. (Nikkei)
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McDonald's Japan sales plunge 25% in Aug., biggest fall since 2001

September 9, 2014 - 11:10
McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) said Tuesday its sales plunged 25.1 percent in August from a year earlier on a same-store basis due largely to food safety concerns, marking the biggest fall since it went public in 2001. (Kyodo)
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McDonald's Japan offers Yo-Kai Watch cards with Happy Meals, traffic jams and giant lines ensue

September 9, 2014 - 07:14
Last weekend, McDonald's Japan launched a new Happy Meal, or "happy set" as they're known here. As with all of the fast food giant's kid-centric food boxes, these sets come bundled with a gift guaranteed to appeal to children so much that they'll bug their parents incessantly to take them to the Golden Arches. (
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Toyota riding into the future with new fuel cell vehicle 'Mirai'

September 9, 2014 - 00:00
Toyota Motor Corp. is banking on a more eco-friendly future with its new fuel cell vehicle "Mirai" that is set to hit showrooms by the end of fiscal 2014. (Asahi)
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Foreign pilot staffing firms fail to declare consumption tax

September 8, 2014 - 23:03
Japanese tax authorities have found that seven foreign firms that send pilots to the country's airlines failed to declare consumption taxes for revenues from staffing fees, it was learned Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Rakuten to buy U.S. cashback shopping site operator

September 7, 2014 - 00:23
Rakuten Inc. is finalizing negotiations to acquire major U.S. cashback shopping site operator Ebates Inc., informed sources said Saturday. (The Japan News)
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