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Inflation in Japan goes negative on Go To Travel discounts

September 19, 2020 - 00:02
The key inflation gauge went negative again last month, driven down by government discounts meant to boost consumer spending and help the pandemic-hit travel industry. (Japan Times)
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Ex-chairman of bankrupt Japan Life, 13 others arrested over fraud

September 18, 2020 - 23:53
The former chairman of Japan Life Co, a now-bankrupt company, was arrested Friday along with 13 others on suspicion of running a "rental owner" investment scam involving clothing, jewelry and other goods it claimed had health benefits, police said. (Japan Today)
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Plan for Japan's tallest building unveiled

September 17, 2020 - 21:39
Developers have released the details of a major construction project that's underway in central Tokyo. (NHK)
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Japan's new leader wants Suganomics to take off immediately

September 17, 2020 - 21:26
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga hit the ground running on day one, meeting with ministers in charge of top policy goals from cutting red tape and digitizing the government to combating the new coronavirus. (Nikkei)
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BOJ keeps policy unchanged

September 17, 2020 - 21:16
Policymakers at the Bank of Japan have decided to keep their current monetary-easing policy unchanged. (NHK)
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No visitors, less commuting -- Japan's railways enter dark tunnel

September 16, 2020 - 21:58
Two of Japan's largest rail operators now expect to report their largest full-year net losses since their 1987 privatization, as the coronavirus pandemic brings a deep and potentially long-lasting slump in passenger traffic. (Nikkei)
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The future of casinos in Japan

September 15, 2020 - 23:16
Gambling and casinos in Japan have not been legal for all that long. When looking at the history of casinos, it is easy to say that the future should be brighter than the past. (
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Japan's e-money service fraud widens; 5 other operators involved

September 15, 2020 - 23:02
Fraudulent e-money withdrawals in Japan have expanded to five other service operators in addition to NTT Docomo Inc, internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Nissan executive pleads not guilty at Ghosn fraud trial in Japan

September 15, 2020 - 22:53
A former aide to Carlos Ghosn has fronted a Japanese court over allegations of financial misconduct related to the under-reporting of pay promised to the ex-Nissan chief. (FRANCE 24 English)
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Amazon's Japan unit to return 2 billion yen to suppliers

September 10, 2020 - 22:35 Inc's Japan unit has pledged to return around 2 billion yen ($18.8 million) to around 1,400 suppliers after having them shoulder part of the costs to cover discounts the online retailer applied on goods, the antitrust watchdog said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Worker sentiment up, except at restaurants

September 9, 2020 - 21:40
Workers in Japan may be looking beyond the pandemic. A government survey says their view of business conditions has improved, for the fourth month in a row. One index fell and that was for restaurants. (NHK)
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Tokyo to end shorter hours for bars Tues., virus alert to be lowered

September 9, 2020 - 21:32
The Tokyo metropolitan government plans to end next week its policy of asking establishments serving alcohol in the capital's central 23 wards to close by 10 p.m., as the number of coronavirus cases has been trending downward in recent days, a source familiar with the situation said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Index gains, but Japan economy still 'worsening'

September 7, 2020 - 20:19
A key gauge of business conditions in Japan rose slightly in July, but the uptick was not enough to change the assessment of the economy as "worsening". (NHK)
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Women bear brunt of Japan's pandemic job losses

September 6, 2020 - 21:29
Massive job cuts caused by the coronavirus pandemic are concentrated on sectors that tend to employ many women, a trend that highlights a lopsided economic impact both at home and abroad. (Nikkei)
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Amazon's Japan unit submits set of reforms to antitrust watchdog

September 4, 2020 - 22:35 Inc.’s Japan unit has submitted to the country’s antitrust watchdog a set of proposed reforms including returning money to its suppliers after having them shoulder part of the costs to cover discounts the online retailer applied on goods, sources close to the matter said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Supertyphoon menaces businesses in flood-hit southwest Japan

September 4, 2020 - 21:48
A powerful typhoon threatening record-breaking wind and rain for Japan has put companies and transportation networks on high alert, with some moving to cut operations starting this weekend. (Nikkei)
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Japan bids to become Asia's financial center

September 3, 2020 - 21:33
Japan is making a bid to become Asia's premier financial hub as some institutions exit Hong Kong over political and legal concerns. (NHK)
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Buffett takes contrarian path with Japan resource trader stakes

August 31, 2020 - 22:49
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has bucked the trend of socially responsible investing by acquiring 5%-plus stakes in five Japanese trading houses deeply involved in fossil-fuel-linked businesses. (Nikkei)
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