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SoftBank to invest $250 mil. in Legendary

October 4, 2014 - 00:48
SoftBank Corp. and Hollywood film maker Legendary Entertainment have agreed to form a strategic partnership, they said Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Steel firms hurt by aluminum coffee cans

October 4, 2014 - 00:46
Recent moves toward aluminum coffee cans have sparked concern among steel companies, which have long supplied the most common material for the cans. (The Japan News)
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Skymark able to stay in business as Airbus slashes penalty

October 3, 2014 - 07:23
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus agreed to slash the penalty it imposed on Skymark Airlines Inc. for breaching a purchase contract for A380 passenger planes, enabling the carrier to stay in business. (Asahi)
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With India interested, Japan's bullet train export venture faces hurdles

October 2, 2014 - 23:00
Japan's rail industry is hopeful its long-term dream of exporting bullet train technology will finally come true in India. The one hurdle now is convincing East Japan Railway, or JR East, to join the venture and ensure its success. (Nikkei)
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DOCOMO unveils 16 new mobile devices for Winter/Spring lineup

September 30, 2014 - 23:04
NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, today unveiled its 2014 winter/2015 spring lineup of mobile devices - seven smartphones, two tablets, two feature phones, one Raku-Raku ("easy-easy") phone, two mobile Wi-Fi routers, and one each feature phone and wristwatch-type wearable device for kids and juniors - which will launch in Japan on or after October 4. (jcnnewswire)
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US FTC fines Wacoal over 'slimming' underwear

September 30, 2014 - 22:50
US trade regulators have rejected Japanese undergarment maker Wacoal's assertion that its apparel can help women lose weight just by being worn. (NHK)
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Toyota recalls 790,000 pickups in North America

September 30, 2014 - 22:48
Toyota is recalling nearly 800,000 pickup trucks sold mainly in North America due to a defect that could damage their fuel tanks and cause fires. (NHK)
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Sukiya to end late-night operations at 1,167 outlets

September 30, 2014 - 22:42
The Sukiya restaurant chain, which is affiliated with Zensho Holdings Co., said Tuesday it would temporarily suspend late-night operations at 1,167 outlets. (The Japan News)
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NTT Docomo to launch smart fitness service in Dec.

September 30, 2014 - 22:26
NTT Docomo Inc. said Tuesday that it will launch a workout data management service in December that is compatible with smartphones and smart sportswear. (Jiji Press)
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Japan Airlines reports hacker attack

September 30, 2014 - 08:19
Japan Airlines Co. said it has become the latest target of hackers, with the information of up to 750,000 customers possibly stolen. (Wall Street Journal)
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Lawson to buy supermarket chain Seijo Ishii for $500 mln

September 30, 2014 - 08:02
Japanese convenience store operator Lawson Inc said on Tuesday that it would buy upscale supermarket chain Seijo Ishii Co for about 55 billion yen ($503 million), including debt, from investment fund Marunouchi Capital. (Reuters)
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Nissin Foods to lift noodle prices for first time in 7 years

September 29, 2014 - 23:46
Nissin Foods Holdings said Monday it will raise the price of instant noodles in Japan by 5-8% starting from shipments in January, to pass on higher ingredient and packaging costs. (Nikkei)
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Crops in Nagano affected by volcanic ash

September 29, 2014 - 06:50
Officials in Nagano Prefecture in central Japan say volcanic ash from Mount Ontake has affected local crops. (NHK)
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A $175 billion industry in Japan is threatened by legal gambling and changing tastes

September 28, 2014 - 22:51
THE gaudy pachinko parlours that disfigure many a Japanese high street are an acquired taste. The country's 12,000 parlours keep players sealed off from the outside world behind a thick wall of noise, smoke and gambler's tension. (businessinsider.com.au)
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SoftBank reportedly in talks to buy DreamWorks

September 28, 2014 - 22:14
US media reports say leading Japanese telecom company SoftBank is in talks to acquire major Hollywood studio DreamWorks Animation. (NHK)
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Japanese shipping firm fined $67.7 mil for price-fixing

September 28, 2014 - 04:59
A major Japanese shipping company has agreed to pay the United States a $67.7 million criminal fine for conspiring to fix prices for international ocean shipments of cars, trucks and other wheeled vehicles at the Port of Baltimore and other locations, the Justice Department said. (Japan Today)
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