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Japan convenience store chains now more flexible about operating hours

April 25, 2019 - 22:53
Convenience store operators released actions plans Thursday to address acute labor shortages, suggesting they have become more flexible about operating hours. (Japan Times)
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BOJ vows to keep rates super-low for at least a year, and trims Japan growth and inflation forecasts

April 25, 2019 - 22:41
The Bank of Japan told investors it would keep interest rates at superlow levels for at least one more year, indicating a time scale for anticipated rate stability for the first time and seeking to dispel uncertainty over its commitment to ultraloose policies as the economy comes under fresh pressures. (Japan Times)
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Carlos Ghosn released from jail, but separated from wife

April 25, 2019 - 22:38
Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn walked out of jail on Thursday night after the Tokyo District Court rejected an appeal by prosecutors to reverse its decision to grant bail. (Nikkei)
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Japan's 10-day break to fete new emperor may breathe life into economy

April 23, 2019 - 22:30
Japan's unprecedented 10-day holiday to celebrate Crown Prince Naruhito's enthronement is expected to give the sluggish economy at least a short-term boost. (Japan Today)
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Fukushima agricultural exports bounce back from nuclear disaster to hit record high

April 23, 2019 - 22:22
Exports of agricultural products produced in Fukushima Prefecture rose about 2 percent in fiscal 2018 to a record 217.8 tons, according to the prefectural government. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo-based developer of laundry-folding robot files for bankruptcy

April 23, 2019 - 22:20
A Tokyo-based developer of a laundry-folding robot filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday due to financial difficulties. (Japan Times)
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Ghosn's lawyers request bail following indictment

April 22, 2019 - 22:25
Defense lawyers for former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn have asked a Tokyo court to grant him bail. (NHK)
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Agreement made to clarify eel distribution

April 19, 2019 - 22:40
An agreement has been reached at an international conference on managing Japanese eel resources to more effectively clarify the distribution routes of young eels. (NHK)
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Airbnb begins to recover in Japan, a year after crackdown

April 17, 2019 - 20:34
Airbnb and other home-sharing services are recovering in Japan in the wake of strict regulations introduced almost a year ago, and some industry experts say there is more room to flourish, especially in rural areas. (Nikkei)
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Japan's NTT picks London as overseas base despite Brexit risk

April 15, 2019 - 23:24
Top Japanese telecom group NTT plans to locate its new overseas headquarters in London, bucking a trend of multinational companies moving out of the U.K. amid uncertainty over Brexit, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
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OECD says Japan's consumption tax rate should be more than doubled

April 15, 2019 - 23:22
Japan should more than double the consumption tax rate to as high as 26 percent to ensure its fiscal sustainability, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Monday. (Japan Today)
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Docomo to lower mobile phone fees by up to 40% from June

April 15, 2019 - 23:07
NTT Docomo Inc said Monday it will cut its mobile phone charges by up to 40 percent from June amid the government's call on telecom carriers to lower service fees. (Japan Today)
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Customer information stolen from popular luxury cruise train's site

April 13, 2019 - 00:15
Kyushu Railway Co said Friday that personal and credit information on up to 8,000 customers were stolen from the goods store website for its "Seven Stars in Kyushu" luxury cruise train. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo court hands down shortened jail extension for Ghosn

April 13, 2019 - 00:05
The Tokyo District Court decided Friday to extend former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn's detention by eight days, refusing to grant the full 10 requested by prosecutors in an unusual move. (Nikkei)
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Amazon Japan raises cost of Prime membership for first time in 11 years, by 26% to ¥4,900

April 12, 2019 - 23:59
U.S. e-commerce giant Inc. has raised the price of its Prime membership service in Japan for the first time since launching the service 11 years ago, citing rising costs. (Japan Times)
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Nissan, Mitsubishi, Renault executives meet

April 12, 2019 - 23:45
The top executives from Nissan Motor, Mitsubishi Motors and Renault have convened for the first meeting of the auto alliance's new oversight body. (NHK)
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Rakuten,, Expedia raided by Japan antitrust watchdog

April 10, 2019 - 22:21
Japan's antitrust watchdog on Wednesday raided the offices of Rakuten Inc and two other online booking operators, alleging they hurt fair trade by requiring accommodation clients offer their lowest prices on their platforms, according to a source close to the matter. (Japan Today)
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Japan's carriers plan $14bn spending blitz for nationwide 5G

April 10, 2019 - 22:01
Japan's government on Wednesday approved plans by four mobile network operators to build superfast fifth-generation wireless networks, with investment set to total 1.6 trillion yen ($14.4 billion) over the next five years. (Nikkei)
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Japan Post privatization heads to finale with up to $12bn share sale

April 9, 2019 - 23:01
The Japanese government will sell off another chunk of Japan Post Holdings as early as this fall, moving to end a more than decadelong privatization process. (Nikkei)
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FamilyMart to test alternatives to 24-hour model

April 9, 2019 - 22:59
Japanese convenience store operator FamilyMart will recruit franchisees to test shorter hours as the industry grapples with a labor crunch that has made it harder to maintain the traditional round-the-clock model, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
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