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Japan Diet OKs law for full liberalization of power retailing

June 11, 2014 - 12:08
Japan's Diet, or parliament, enacted a bill Wednesday to fully liberalize the electricity retail market by 2016 by abolishing the regional monopolies of major power suppliers. (Jiji Press)
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Toranomon Hills complex celebrates grand opening with its mascot on hand

June 11, 2014 - 09:20
"Toranomon," the look-alike of popular Japanese manga character "Doraemon," was on hand for the grand opening of his namesake, the towering Toranomon Hills commercial complex, in Tokyo's Minato Ward on June 11. (Asahi)
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Former Novartis employee arrested over tampered drug data

June 11, 2014 - 07:53
Tokyo prosecutors arrested a former employee of Novartis Pharma KK, the Japanese sales arm of the Swiss pharmaceutical giant, on suspicion of fabricating data to overstate the effects of the hypertension drug Diovan. (Asahi)
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Why Japan is cracking down on its tiny kei cars

June 11, 2014 - 00:12
You're unlikely to ever see one in the U.S., but for decades Japan's domestic market minicars have provided drivers with efficiency, practicality, ease of parking, style, and even fun behind the wheel. Today, the kei car has never been more popular. So why do Japanese automakers want to wean buyers off of them? (
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Nissan to launch commercial electric vehicle in October

June 10, 2014 - 23:46
Nissan Motor Co. will launch its first commercial electric vehicle in Japan in October. (The Japan News)
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Japan's latest Apple Store features all-glass walls, aluminum roof and spiral staircase

June 10, 2014 - 09:25
Construction workers have removed the protective barriers fronting the upcoming Apple Store in Omotesando, Japan, revealing three all-glass walls, a hanging Apple logo and central spiral staircase leading to an underground level. (
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Tohoku Electric seeks screening of nuclear plant

June 10, 2014 - 06:47
The operator of the Higashidori nuclear power plant in northern Japan has applied for a government safety screening with an eye to restarting the plant's reactor. (NHK)
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Japan's Uniqlo to raise prices

June 9, 2014 - 23:02
Uniqlo will increase prices on many items by an estimated 5% or so at its Japanese clothing stores from August amid climbing procurement costs. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo's new skyscraper complex Toranomon Hills unveil its mascot character that looks very much like someone

June 9, 2014 - 22:44
As one of the Tokyo's current large-scale urban redevelopment projects, another new skyscraper complex is going to open in 2 days in central Tokyo. (
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Sony 'overtakes' rival Nintendo in console sales

June 9, 2014 - 09:44
Sony has overtaken Nintendo for the first time in eight years, based on the total number of game consoles sold. (BBC)
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Japanese TV makers bet on super-HD as World Cup looms

June 8, 2014 - 23:13
With a hopeful eye on the approaching World Cup, Japan's embattled TV makers are hoping the key to their rescue can be found on the second floor of Bic Camera's downtown Tokyo outlet. (Japan Today)
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SoftBank to follow NTT Docomo in offering flat-rate call service

June 8, 2014 - 10:53
SoftBank Corp. said Saturday it will launch a flat-rate domestic call service on July 1 similar to the one introduced this month by rival NTT Docomo Inc. amid competition from inexpensive smartphone services. (Japan Times)
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Prices of popular sushi fish rising

June 7, 2014 - 01:36
The price of fish frequently consumed in the home has risen in line with poor catches and the growing popularity of sushi worldwide, squeezing budgets for both businesses and households. (The Japan News)
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Spring Airlines Japan postpones start of flights to August

June 7, 2014 - 01:22
Chinese-affiliated low-cost carrier Spring Airlines Japan said Friday that it will postpone until Aug. 1 flights on three routes linking Narita Airport with Saga, Hiroshima and Takamatsu. (Nikkei)
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79,000 more slots seen possible at Haneda, Narita Airports

June 7, 2014 - 01:21
A Japanese transport ministry panel said Friday that it is possible to increase the total annual number of arrival and departure slots at two international airports in the Tokyo area by up to 79,000 from the current level of 717,000 in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Jiji Press)
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