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Japan Tobacco International stubs out UK's last cigarette factory

October 8, 2014 - 22:56
Almost 160 years of cigarette manufacturing in Northern Ireland is going up in smoke after JTI, the maker of Silk Cut and Benson & Hedges, announced plans to close the UK's last remaining tobacco factory, putting 900 jobs at risk. (
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Uniqlo taps advertising legend to propel global ascent

October 8, 2014 - 22:35
Fast Retailing has hired John C Jay, the man who helped shape the brand images of Nike, Microsoft and Coca-Cola, to lead its own global advertising campaigns and elevate the flagship Uniqlo casual clothing chain to a global presence. (Nikkei)
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Bad Chinese chicken makes McDonald's Japan see red

October 7, 2014 - 22:21
For the first time in 11 years, McDonald's Japan is in the red. The company today predicted a net loss of 17 billion yen ($157 million) for the current fiscal year, owing to a sharp decline in sales following this summer's expired-meat scandal. (Quartz)
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Blue LED sparked rapid growth in new market

October 7, 2014 - 22:12
The invention of the blue light-emitting diode helped unlock new markets in the lighting and digital electronics industries, such as energy-efficient lamps and backlights for flat-screen TVs. (Nikkei)
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Lawson to raise age limit for store managers

October 7, 2014 - 21:57
Japanese convenience store chain Lawson says it will raise its age limit for hiring operations managers from 55 to 65. (NHK)
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Aeon to foray into rice farming under government program

October 6, 2014 - 22:44
Japanese retail giant Aeon plans to produce some 60 tons of rice in Saitama Prefecture next year, using paddy fields made available under a government-sponsored farmland-leasing program. (Nikkei)
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Imperial Hotel pays penalty for hiding Y134 million income

October 6, 2014 - 22:39
The tax authorities have imposed an additional Y50 million in corporate tax, including penalty tax, on the Imperial Hotel after determining that the hotel, one of the most prestigious in the nation, hid about Y134 million in income in its 2012 business year, which ended on March 31, 2013, according to sources. (The Japan News)
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'Health mark' adopted for convenience store foods

October 6, 2014 - 22:33
An expert panel of Japan's health ministry adopted Monday a "healthy food" certification mark for cooked meals provided by convenience stores, supermarkets and food delivery services firms. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo Game Show draws 250,000 visitors

October 6, 2014 - 08:18
The 2014 Tokyo Game Show attracted 251,832 visitors during its Sept. 18-21 run, a decrease of about 6.7 percent from last year's 270,197 but still the second-largest number in its history, organizers said. (Asahi)
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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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