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Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens

July 11, 2014 - 23:35
Japan's labor shortage is nearing crisis in some key industries as it spreads from construction to services, curbing companies' operations, pushing up wages and potentially crimping a tentative recovery in the world's third-largest economy. (Reuters)
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Uniqlo parent cuts forecast again after U.S. denim fails to take off

July 11, 2014 - 23:09
Fast Retailing Co., Asia's biggest clothing retailer, cut its annual profit forecast for a second time this fiscal year after suffering losses at its J Brand premium denim unit in the United States. (Japan Times)
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Japan's pachinko industry eyes a big gamble

July 11, 2014 - 00:07
"Welcome!" two young women in shorts and Hawaiian shirts chime over the clatter of pinballs and J-pop at the entrance to Million pachinko parlor in Tokyo's Suginami district. (businessweek.com)
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Honda recalls 175,000 hybrid vehicles in Japan

July 10, 2014 - 23:41
Automaker Honda said on Thursday it was recalling about 175,000 vehicles in Japan due to on-board software problems that resulted in 11 minor accidents. (channelnewsasia.com)
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Downtown Tokyo office rents up for sixth straight month

July 10, 2014 - 23:33
Office rents in downtown Tokyo climbed for the sixth consecutive month as vacancy rates hit a five-year low amid robust demand for office space. (Nikkei)
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IT firm allegedly purchases leaked personal data

July 10, 2014 - 23:20
A Japanese IT firm running an online study program is suspected of using personal data leaked from education company Benesse to send direct mail. (NHK)
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Japan consultants indicted over Vietnam ODA kickbacks

July 10, 2014 - 23:06
Tokyo prosecutors indicted two former and one current executives of a Tokyo consulting firm without arrest on Thursday, alleging they paid tens of millions of yen in kickbacks to Vietnamese government officials over a railway project in the Southeast Asian country covered by Japan's official development assistance program. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's beer shipments hit record low

July 10, 2014 - 22:58
Shipments of beer and beer-like drinks in Japan hit a record low for the first 6 months of the year. (NHK)
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Japan firm: 7.6 mil. personal info items leaked

July 10, 2014 - 00:29
An education company in Japan says 7.6 million items of personal information have been leaked, and the number may swell to more than 20 million. (NHK)
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