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Japan's cash balance hits new high as BOJ pumps out money to combat pandemic

June 2, 2020 - 22:26
The balance of money circulating in Japan’s economy reached ¥543 trillion in May, hitting a record high for the second straight month, as the central bank pumped more cash to cushion the blow to businesses and consumers from the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
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JR East to open 100 unmanned convenience stores in next four years

June 2, 2020 - 22:19
East Japan Railway Co. will accelerate plans to open 100 unmanned convenience stores within the next four years, sources close to the matter said Tuesday, as it takes advantage of the need to reduce human contact amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
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Japan workplace bullying rules feared to spur necktied menaces

June 1, 2020 - 21:17
Regulations to protect workers in Japan from abusive bosses and colleagues took effect Monday to criticism that it only provides a road map to desk-bound bullies. (Nikkei)
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Japan to further exclude Chinese telecom gear

May 31, 2020 - 21:01
Japan's government is set to ask all independent administrative corporations and government-designated corporations handling personal information, to consider security risks when purchasing telecommunication equipment. (NHK)
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May 29, 2020 - 21:56
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Nissan falls behind rivals in industry's critical transitional period

May 29, 2020 - 21:06
Despite Nissan Motor Co.’s latest efforts to become more cost-efficient and profitable by strengthening its collaboration with Renault SA, its business downturn may be causing a costly delay in the global race toward new mobility technologies, analysts say. (Japan Times)
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NTT Docomo clinches Disney streaming deal

May 28, 2020 - 22:57
NTT Docomo, Japan's largest mobile carrier, said Thursday it has secured exclusive rights to offer Disney's streaming service Disney+ in the country starting June 11. (Nikkei)
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Nissan posts annual net loss of over $6.2 billion

May 28, 2020 - 22:33
Nissan Motor has posted its first net loss in 11 years in the business year through March, amounting to more than 670 billion yen, or 6.2 billion dollars. (NHK)
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Japan's imports of face masks surge

May 28, 2020 - 22:32
Japan's textile imports surged in April, fuelled by growing demand for face masks. (NHK)
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How Japanese casino players will cope with Las Vegas Sands' withdrawal

May 27, 2020 - 21:06
The announcement by Las Vegas Sands Corp. to withdraw from building an integrated casino resort at the start of May came as a major setback in the country's efforts to popularise casinos. (
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Diet passes bill to regulate tech giants

May 27, 2020 - 20:46
Japan's Diet has enacted legislation to tighten regulations on IT giants by requiring them to ensure transparency of their online business transactions with their business partners. (NHK)
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Japan still world's top creditor at end of 2019

May 26, 2020 - 20:28
Japan remained the world’s largest creditor at the end of 2019, with the net balance of external assets held by its government, companies and individual investors hitting a record ¥364.53 trillion ($3.40 trillion), the Finance Ministry said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Pachinko parlors going bankrupt amid closures

May 26, 2020 - 20:17
Pachinko parlors in Japan are struggling, with some going bankrupt, after the country declared a state of emergency in April and many establishments were asked to stay closed. (NHK)
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Tokyo bars and restaurants reopen under a clouded future

May 26, 2020 - 20:03
The lifting of the state of emergency in Tokyo saw many people resuming their daily commutes by train on Tuesday. With stations bustling, the city seemed almost normal. (Nikkei)
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Japan takes first steps to bring business back

May 26, 2020 - 19:54
Japan is slowly bringing its economy back on line as a state of emergency was fully lifted after almost two months. While many in Tokyo seemed eager to reclaim a sense of normalcy, steps to keep the coronavirus at bay mean it's far from business as usual. (NHK)
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Japan's coronavirus response

May 25, 2020 - 21:24
COVID-19 has decimated many nations around the globe, and we've seen industries crumble under the impact of this deadly virus. (
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Coronavirus-hit Japan dumps high fashion for health and hygiene

May 25, 2020 - 21:02
Japanese consumers are spending more on masks, cleaning products and personal sanitizers while sales of makeup and motion sickness medicine take a major hit. (Nikkei)
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Price of Hokkaido melons at season's first auction drops sharply

May 25, 2020 - 21:00
A pair of melons grown in the Hokkaido city of Yubari sold for ¥120,000 ($1,100) in the season's first auction on Monday, 2.4 percent of the price at last year's auction. (Japan Times)
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Japan’s hostess clubs establish guidelines amid COVID-19 pandemic

May 25, 2020 - 20:53
An association comprised of hostess clubs has issued guidelines for how clubs will operate once they reopen due to the lifting of the state of emergency caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. (
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Why were people so hard on pachinko businesses that stayed open?

May 24, 2020 - 23:59
Among the types of businesses that were requested to shut their doors due to the high risk of cluster infections of the coronavirus were pachinko parlors. At a press conference on May 13, however, the Tokyo Medical Association backtracked on its earlier opinions, posting a retraction and apology. (Japan Today)
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