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Sumiyoshi-kai yakuza members received loan from Tokyo credit union

June 3, 2014 - 07:55
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday arrested two members of the Sumiyoshi-kai organized crime group for fraudulently receiving a loan from a local credit union, reports the Sankei Shimbun (June 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Crowdfunding starting to catch on in Japan

June 2, 2014 - 23:31
The practice of collecting small amounts of funds from backers on the Internet to finance a project, known as crowdfunding, has finally begun to be adopted in Japan after becoming commonplace in the U.S. and Europe. (Nikkei)
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Dai-ichi Life poised to buy U.S. insurer Protective

June 2, 2014 - 06:34
Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. is poised to acquire Protective Life Corp. of the United States for about 500 billion yen ($4.9 billion), sources familiar with the matter said Monday, in what would be the largest-ever corporate acquisition by a Japanese life insurer. (Kyodo)
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Visit to Japan by world's largest container ship may be its last

June 1, 2014 - 23:14
When the new Marstal Maersk container ship docked at Yokohama Port on May 23, it likely marked the first and last visit to Japan by the world's largest container ship, at least for a while. (Asahi)
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Tokyo gets its first Bitcoin ATM-at The Pink Cow of all places

June 1, 2014 - 09:00
While most ATMs in Tokyo are located in convenience stores, in train stations, or on important street corners, Tokyo's first fully operational Bitcoin ATM is located in The Pink Cow, a Cal-Mex restaurant and bar in the middle of Roppongi. (
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Fundoshi make comeback among women, young men

May 31, 2014 - 23:04
Fundoshi, or loincloths, are making a comeback. The traditional Japanese underwear rapidly disappeared after World War II with the spread of Western-style clothing. But thanks to such merits as superior airflow and a reputation for energizing its wearer when the strings are tightened, fundoshi are getting a second look. (The Japan News)
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Tougher rules eyed for tobacco shops

May 31, 2014 - 23:03
The Finance Ministry will strengthen a regulation on opening cigarette shops in a bid to avoid excessive competition among retailers amid falling sales. (The Japan News)
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National Stadium fixtures go on sale as memorabilia

May 31, 2014 - 22:17
Fixtures from the National Stadium in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, which will soon be demolished to make way for the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, went on sale Saturday. (The Japan News)
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Mario Bros. enlisted to sell Mercedes GLA in Japan with bizarre results

May 31, 2014 - 00:38
There is always something a little grotesque when traditionally animated characters are brought into the real world. For example, something about seeing Mickey walk around Disney World just doesn't look quite right, and Nintendo is proving the rule with its latest cross promotion involving Mario and the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. (
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Chongryon property not covered by Japan-N. Korea accord: Suga

May 31, 2014 - 00:23
The issue of the planned sale of property of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon, is not covered by a Japan-North Korea agreement announced Thursday, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga reiterated Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Abe lauds benefits of casinos during Singapore trip

May 31, 2014 - 00:02
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said casino resorts could become a pillar of his country's future economic growth as he toured Singapore's two lavish gaming venues on Friday. (Reuters)
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'Super Cool Biz' campaign kicks off

May 30, 2014 - 23:56
Japan's Environment Ministry is about to kick off the 'Super Cool Biz' campaign, which urges people to dress in ways that keep them cool. (NHK)
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Cockpit conversation from Peach jet that descended too soon erased

May 29, 2014 - 23:06
The National Transportation Safety Board says that the recording of the conversation between the pilot and co-pilot aboard a Peach Airlines jet during the moments before it descended to a dangerously low altitude while on approach to Naha airport has been erased and overwritten. (Japan Today)
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Kinokuniya revamps foreign books section

May 29, 2014 - 23:03
One of Tokyo's largest bookstores relaunched its foreign books section Thursday after doubling its capacity and offering what it says is the largest selection of non-Japanese titles available nationwide. (Japan Times)
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Tolls to fund repairs as expressways age

May 29, 2014 - 22:59
The renovation and repair of aging expressways will be funded mainly by toll revenues following the passage of a bill this week that allows toll-collection periods to be extended by a maximum of 15 years or up until 2065. (The Japan News)
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Japanese lawmakers to lobby Abe for Russian gas pipeline

May 28, 2014 - 23:49
Japanese lawmakers are reviving efforts for a 600 billion yen ($5.9 billion) natural gas pipeline from Russia, which last week signed a supply deal with China, to cut energy costs after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. (Bloomberg)
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Mt. Gox operator mulls Bitcoin trademark sell-off

May 28, 2014 - 23:42
Tibanne, the holding company of collapsed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, hopes to raise at least $1 million by selling its trademarks in Japan and the EU. The deal will include the domain name and the word 'bitcoin'. (
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Apple Inc, NTT Docomo reach deal on iPad sales

May 28, 2014 - 23:40
Apple has reached an agreement with Japanese telecom operator NTT Docomo for iPad sales in Japan, the companies said Wednesday. (Economic Times)
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