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Japanese TV makers bet on super-HD as World Cup looms

June 8, 2014 - 23:13
With a hopeful eye on the approaching World Cup, Japan's embattled TV makers are hoping the key to their rescue can be found on the second floor of Bic Camera's downtown Tokyo outlet. (Japan Today)
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SoftBank to follow NTT Docomo in offering flat-rate call service

June 8, 2014 - 10:53
SoftBank Corp. said Saturday it will launch a flat-rate domestic call service on July 1 similar to the one introduced this month by rival NTT Docomo Inc. amid competition from inexpensive smartphone services. (Japan Times)
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Prices of popular sushi fish rising

June 7, 2014 - 01:36
The price of fish frequently consumed in the home has risen in line with poor catches and the growing popularity of sushi worldwide, squeezing budgets for both businesses and households. (The Japan News)
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Spring Airlines Japan postpones start of flights to August

June 7, 2014 - 01:22
Chinese-affiliated low-cost carrier Spring Airlines Japan said Friday that it will postpone until Aug. 1 flights on three routes linking Narita Airport with Saga, Hiroshima and Takamatsu. (Nikkei)
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79,000 more slots seen possible at Haneda, Narita Airports

June 7, 2014 - 01:21
A Japanese transport ministry panel said Friday that it is possible to increase the total annual number of arrival and departure slots at two international airports in the Tokyo area by up to 79,000 from the current level of 717,000 in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Jiji Press)
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US media: Sprint nearing agreement to buy T-Mobile

June 6, 2014 - 00:06
US media reports say the country's 3rd biggest wireless carrier Sprint is close to a deal to acquire T-Mobile US, the nation's number 4. (NHK)
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Govt to double duty-free shops to 10,000 by 2020

June 5, 2014 - 23:58
The government plans to double duty-free shops to about 10,000 by 2020, with an eye to the upcoming Tokyo Olympic and Paralympics, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
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Tanto best-selling car for 2nd month

June 5, 2014 - 23:38
Daihatsu Motor Co.'s Tanto minivehicle was the best-selling car in the nation for the second consecutive month in May, industry data showed Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Sapporo to recategorize Goku Zero

June 5, 2014 - 23:31
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. will end sales of its Goku Zero as a third-segment beerlike beverage, after receiving notice from tax authorities that the product may not fit into the category, which is subject to a lower tax rate than beer or other quasi-beer products. (The Japan News)
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Softbank to sell human-like robots

June 5, 2014 - 23:29
Major Japanese telecom operator Softbank says it will start selling human-like robots early next year. (NHK)
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SoftBank to put customer-service robots in stores

June 5, 2014 - 08:19
Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank is developing a robot that can carry on conversations with people, with plans to introduce them at some of its cellphone stores around the summer. (Nikkei)
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Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell powered car ready for sale this December

June 4, 2014 - 23:16
Although the technology has been talked about for quite some time now, the concept of using oxygen and hydrogen to power an automobile seems poised to finally hit the market. (
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Mori Building plans 10 large projects in Tokyo over next decade

June 4, 2014 - 23:05
Mori Building Co. is planning 10 large-scale redevelopment projects in Minato Ward, Tokyo, over the next decade at a total cost of ¥1 trillion, President Shingo Tsuji said Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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