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Mask sales soar despite doubts they block coronavirus

January 27, 2020 - 18:47
Will wearing a surgical mask help protect against the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan and has so far killed more than 80 people? (Nikkei)
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Japanese firms pulling staff out of Wuhan

January 27, 2020 - 18:37
Japan's government is taking steps to evacuate Japanese citizens who want to leave Wuhan, the city at the center of the coronavirus outbreak. Japanese companies are preparing to repatriate employees and their families. About 160 companies are operating in and around the city. (NHK)
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Cancellations pile up in Japan as virus spreads

January 27, 2020 - 18:35
Japan's hotel industry is being hit hard by a large number of cancellations resulting from the spread of the new coronavirus in China. (NHK)
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Ex-SoftBank employee arrested over alleged leak of proprietary information to Russian spies

January 26, 2020 - 19:02
A former SoftBank Corp. employee was arrested Saturday for allegedly passing proprietary information from the major phone carrier to officials at Russia’s trade representative office in Tokyo. (Japan Times)
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Japan's largest bank offers users Y1,000 to give up paper passbooks and go digital

January 24, 2020 - 20:49
To encourage more customers to go digital, Japan’s largest bank is offering depositors who give up their paper bankbooks a ¥1,000 reward. (Japan Times)
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Lebanon, Japan begin 40-day countdown to decide where Carlos Ghosn will stand trial: sources

January 24, 2020 - 20:42
Lebanon and Japan have about 40 days to decide whether ousted Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi boss Carlos Ghosn will be extradited to Japan or stand trial in Lebanon, a judicial source and a source close to Ghosn said on Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Japan sees trade deficit for second-straight year

January 23, 2020 - 20:40
Japan's Finance Ministry says the country's annual trade balance fell into the red in 2019 for the second-straight year, mainly due to the effects of the US-China trade war. (NHK)
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Sellers petition for antitrust probe over Rakuten free shipping

January 22, 2020 - 22:02
A group of merchants on Rakuten Inc's online shopping mall on Wednesday submitted a petition with some 4,000 signatures to the Japan Fair Trade Commission, asking it to investigate the e-commerce giant's planned "free shipping" policy. (Japan Today)
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Mitsubishi electric hit by major cyberattack

January 20, 2020 - 21:07
Mitsubishi Electric says it was the victim of a major cyberattack last year. It says personal data of over 8,000 people as well as corporate information may have leaked. (NHK)
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Lotte Group founder dies

January 19, 2020 - 18:48
The founder of retail giant Lotte Holdings has died. (NHK)
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Netflix's taboo-busting 'Naked Director' upends Japan TV industry

January 18, 2020 - 21:02
Netflix, the streaming service that has shaken up Hollywood, has unleashed its brand of big-budget disruption in Japan's TV industry. (Nikkei)
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Fictitious transactions at Toshiba subsidiary

January 18, 2020 - 20:40
Toshiba Corporation says it has confirmed that there were irregularities involving fictitious transactions at a subsidiary. The manufacturer is in the process of reconstructing its business. (NHK)
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New coronavirus could hurt Chinese GDP at a bad time -- and Japan's if it spreads

January 18, 2020 - 20:37
Fears are mounting that a new coronavirus identified in China may spread, not only infecting humans but also hurting the world’s second-biggest economy, which already is beset by a trade war with the United States. (Japan Times)
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Carlos Ghosn intimates Japanese collaborators aided his escape

January 17, 2020 - 22:00
Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan Motor chairman-turned-fugitive, strongly implied to French media that Japanese people aided his epic escape. (Nikkei)
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SoftBank offers to invest up to $40 bil. in Indonesia's new capital

January 17, 2020 - 21:41
Japan's SoftBank Group Corp. has offered to invest between $30 billion and $40 billion in the development of the new Indonesian capital on Borneo Island, a close aide of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Japan's music industry rises again in new 'age of discovery'

January 16, 2020 - 20:57
On a chilly evening last month, tens of thousands of people gathered at the Saitama Super Arena near Tokyo, one of Japan's biggest live music venues. People of all ages were thrilled to witness rock legends in action: Ireland's U2. (Nikkei)
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Toyota makes new $394 million bet on flying taxis

January 16, 2020 - 20:40
Toyota Motor Co. is investing $394 million (Â¥43.3 billion) in Joby Aviation, one of a handful of companies working toward the seemingly implausible goal of making electric air taxis that shuttle people over gridlocked highways and city streets. (Japan Times)
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Japan corporate bankruptcies rise in 2019 for 1st time in 11 years

January 14, 2020 - 22:59
The number of corporate bankruptcies in Japan increased in 2019 for the first time in 11 years, affected by a consumption tax hike, labor shortages and a series of natural disasters, a credit research agency said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Nikka turns off the tap on aged Taketsuru whisky

January 12, 2020 - 22:40
Nikka Whisky Distilling's last aged products on the market will soon vanish from shelves as surging demand for Japanese whisky dries up casks across the nation. (Nikkei)
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Japan bankruptcies due to labor shortage at record

January 10, 2020 - 21:54
A survey by a private research firm has found that a record number of Japanese companies went bankrupt last year due to a shortage of workers. (NHK)
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