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New condos on market up for 1st time in 11 months

January 22, 2015 - 07:40
The number of new condominiums put on sale in the greater Tokyo area in December increased year-on-year for the first time in 11 months. (NHK)
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Japan hopes duty-free zones will lure foreign visitors outside Tokyo, Osaka

January 21, 2015 - 14:34
On a recent weekday, the quaint Ichibangai Shotengai shopping street in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, was crowded with foreign tourists savoring a popular local sweet. (Asahi)
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Toyota crowned world's biggest automaker for third year

January 21, 2015 - 14:28
Toyota Motor Corp. warded off Volkswagen AG to remain the world's top-selling automaker for a third consecutive year, driven by record U.S. deliveries of its SUVs, according to the 2014 tally announced by the company Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Nissan to make minicars in-house

January 20, 2015 - 00:47
Nissan Motor Co. plans to begin in-house production of minicars in fiscal 2016, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
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Japan's used car sales hit record low in 2014

January 19, 2015 - 07:41
Sales of used vehicles in Japan hit a record low last year. The higher consumption tax discouraged drivers from trading in their old cars for new ones. (NHK)
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When a single dot doesn't do the trick: Legal trouble ensues for izakaya over name

January 19, 2015 - 07:38
A small izakaya called "Wara・Wara" (note the dot!) in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture had lawyers knocking on its door on January 13 when it was reported that the name of the restaurant was basically identical to popular izakaya chain "WaraWara" (no dot!). (rocketnews24.com)
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Japan investment in China slumps 38.8%

January 18, 2015 - 00:11
Japanese direct investment in China decreased by 38.8 percent in 2014 from a year earlier to $4.33 billion (about ¥502.3 billion), according to statistics announced by China's Ministry of Commerce. (The Japan News)
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JR Kyushu to make stations staffless

January 17, 2015 - 23:51
JR Kyushu will by 2016 operate its 100 biggest stations without any staff. The company, which plans to go public next year, is looking for ways to cut costs and improve efficiency. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Asahi PCs infected, information leaked

January 17, 2015 - 23:37
Seventeen personal computers used in the editorial and business departments of the Asahi Shimbun were infected with a virus, and some of the documents created on them - along with internal and external e-mails - were leaked, according to the Asahi. (The Japan News)
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Mt. Gox chief was thought by U.S. to be Silk Road mastermind

January 17, 2015 - 02:46
The former head of the bankrupt Mt. Gox Co. bitcoin exchange was originally believed by U.S. investigators to be the secret mastermind behind the Silk Road online drug marketplace, an agent who infiltrated the website told jurors at the trial of the man prosecutors now accuse of running it. (Japan Times)
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Honda unveils new NSX supercar

January 16, 2015 - 00:29
Honda Motor Co. took the wraps off its Acura NSX supercar production model at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. (The Japan News)
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Liberalization of gas market set for 2017

January 16, 2015 - 00:28
An industry ministry panel has compiled a report calling for the nation's retail gas market to be liberalized by around 2017. (The Japan News)
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McDonald's Japan to inspect all its outlets

January 14, 2015 - 23:22
McDonald's Holdings Japan has unveiled plans to carry out emergency checks at all its outlets. (NHK)
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Special events keep Tokyo Disney's ticket sales, profit strong

January 14, 2015 - 23:17
Oriental Land likely generated a little more than 90 billion yen ($758 million) in operating profit for the nine months ended Dec. 31, as seasonal events and new merchandise continued to draw visitors to its Tokyo Disney Resort. (Nikkei)
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Uniqlo under fire for buying supplies from unsafe factories

January 14, 2015 - 23:03
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) said that Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo "has violated its commitment to corporate social responsibility." (yibada.com)
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Japan to help India construct new state capital

January 11, 2015 - 20:09
Sumitomo Corp. and other Japanese corporations, with support from the government of Japan, will finance and build infrastructure for the new capital city that the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh aims to build by 2024. (Nikkei)
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Skymark occupancy rate hits 4-year low

January 11, 2015 - 19:59
Skymark Airlines said its overall seat occupancy rate in December fell to 54.5 percent, down 5.6 percentage points from a year before. The figure was the lowest level for the month since 2010. (The Japan News)
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U.S. NHTSA fines Honda record $70 million

January 9, 2015 - 10:56
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that it has imposed a record 70 million dollars in civil fines on Honda Motor Co. for failing to report fatal and injury accidents, and some warranty claims. (Jiji Press)
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Woman finds dental material in McDonald's Japan burger

January 9, 2015 - 07:43
A Japanese woman has claimed she discovered fragments identified as dental material in a McDonald's hamburger, the company said Friday, the latest in a series of food contamination woes for the fast-food giant. (Japan Today)
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7 minicars among 10 top sellers in Japan in 2014

January 9, 2015 - 00:01
Daihatsu Motor's Tanto was the best-selling vehicle in Japan last year with sales of 234,456 units. It's the first time a minicar topped the list in 6 years. (NHK)
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