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Warm Biz campaign kicks off across Japan

November 4, 2014 - 22:17
After months of being told to wear less to keep cool for summer, workers are now being urged to wrap up for winter as the energy-saving Warm Biz campaign gets into gear. (Japan Today)
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Bank of Yokohama, Higashi-Nippon Bank mulling merger

November 4, 2014 - 22:06
Bank of Yokohama <8332> and Higashi-Nippon Bank <8536> disclosed Tuesday that the two Japanese regional banks are in negotiations for integrating their management under a holding company. (Jiji Press)
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Tie-up extends Amazon's reach to Lawson stores

November 4, 2014 - 22:05
Visitors to Lawson convenience stores can order goods from e-commerce giant Amazon Japan for pickup later under a partnership announced Tuesday. (Nikkei)
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2014 Beaujolais Nouveau imported, not yet poured

November 4, 2014 - 21:55
This year's first shipment from France to Japan of Beaujolais Nouveau wine arrived at Haneda, Narita and Kansai airports on Tuesday. An embargo on sales of the new wine to consumers will be lifted on Nov. 20. (The Japan News)
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Japan's whisky is named 'best in world'

November 3, 2014 - 23:05
Japan has given the Scotch whisky industry a 'wake up call' - after a single malt from the Far East was named the best in the world. (
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Office rents on the rise in Japan

November 3, 2014 - 22:22
Limited availability is pushing up rents for existing offices in Tokyo and Osaka, lifting a corresponding Tokyo index to its first second-half gain on the year since 2012. (Nikkei)
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Nobel winner Nakamura extends olive branch to former employer Nichia

November 3, 2014 - 22:12
Shuji Nakamura, one of the three Japan-born scientists awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Physics, said Monday he wants to rebuild ties with former employer Nichia Corp., despite launching a lawsuit against the chemical maker over patent rights to his groundbreaking blue light-emitting diode technology. (Kyodo)
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After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom - and glut

November 2, 2014 - 22:25
Traumatized by the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl and encouraged by the highest rates for renewable energy in the world, Japan has been undergoing a green boom. (
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SIM locks on handsets to be removed in Japan next summer

October 31, 2014 - 22:37
The Japanese communications ministry is in the final preparations to urge mobile carriers to remove subscriber identity module locks from mobile phones in the summer 2015, a step to allow users to choose their own service providers, sources said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Nestle Japan hiring 1,000 robots to sell espresso machines

October 30, 2014 - 22:42
Food giant Nestle said Wednesday that its Japan unit plans to hire 1,000 robots as sales clerks at stores across the country. (Japan Times)
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Farming control body set up for endangered Japanese eel

October 30, 2014 - 22:11
Japanese eel farmers established a farming control organization on Thursday to strengthen the management of stocks of the endangered Japanese eel. (Jiji Press)
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'Excessive' ads for green energy to be banned

October 30, 2014 - 22:07
The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry plans to prohibit electricity retailers from excessively advertising that their electricity is generated from renewable energy sources, beginning April 2016, if they use the so-called feed-in tariff system for renewable energy, according to sources. (The Japan News)
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Squeezed by budget carriers, Skymark headed toward worst year ever

October 29, 2014 - 21:54
Skymark Airlines is expected to post a parent-only net loss of more than 10 billion yen ($91 million) for the year ending March 2015, battered by stiff competition with low-cost carriers and higher fuel costs. (Nikkei)
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Rakuten to sell low-cost smartphones

October 29, 2014 - 21:25
Online shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. said Wednesday that its telecommunications unit Fusion Communications Corp. will launch a low-cost smartphone service. (The Japan News)
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SoftBank locks on Indian Net sector with Snapdeal investment

October 28, 2014 - 23:45
SoftBank announced Tuesday that it will invest $627 million in leading Indian e-retailer Snapdeal, just the tip of the iceberg on a plan to pour about $10 billion into the country's burgeoning Internet sector over the next decade. (Nikkei)
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Colowide to buy ailing Kappa Sushi operator

October 28, 2014 - 23:36
Major restaurant chain Colowide Co. said Monday it will acquire slumping conveyer-belt sushi restaurant operator Kappa Create Holdings Co. (The Japan News)
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Japan air bag maker in crisis used unique chemical explosive

October 27, 2014 - 23:31
The emerging crisis over air bags traces back to a little-known Japanese company that for over 20 years has supplied the safety devices to automakers including Toyota, Honda and General Motors. (
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Toyota stays No. 1 in global sales over VW, GM

October 27, 2014 - 23:09
Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, Monday reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year. (The Japan News)
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The battle is on for the hearts and wallets of Japan's seniors

October 27, 2014 - 01:03
The model for retailing to a rapidly aging population resides on the fourth floor of a busy emporium on the eastern edge of metropolitan Tokyo. (
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