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Japan's economy inches into inflation for first time since March 2020

June 20, 2021 - 07:09
Japan’s inflation has edged into positive territory for the first time in 14 months as rising commodity costs have fed higher gasoline prices at the pump, according to data released Friday before a central bank policy decision. (Japan Times)
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Carlos Ghosn on the dark side of Japan, life in Lebanon and his upcoming documentary

June 19, 2021 - 04:00
Carlos Ghosn, the auto-executive-turned-fugitive who plotted a brazen escape from Osaka in December 2019 following his arrest by Japanese authorities on charges of financial misconduct, has denounced what he calls Japan’s darker side — its legal system. (
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Japan companies lag far behind women empowerment in management roles

June 18, 2021 - 09:26
Women make up less than 10 per cent of the management in most Japanese companies, as the country's corporate sector finds it difficult to meet the business lobby's aim of boosting the number of female executives in an ageing society, a Reuters poll showed. (
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Japan's bank lobby urges BOJ caution on deepening negative rates

June 17, 2021 - 07:51
Japan's central bank should be cautious about deepening negative interest rates as such a move could have a "very big" impact on lenders' earnings, the head of a lobby of regional banks said. (Reuters)
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Japanese Gaming Industry Overview

June 16, 2021 - 02:18
It is impossible to talk about video games without thinking about how big of an impact Japan had and still has in it. (
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Millions of missing jobs should make inflation hawks think twice

June 15, 2021 - 16:55
One reason why so many policy makers are refusing to panic about inflation is that the world economy is still short so many millions of jobs. (Japan Times)
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Japan steps up efforts to attract foreign funds

June 15, 2021 - 03:21
Japanese financial authorities have opened an office in central Tokyo with an English-speaking team to help foreign funds and others start business in the country. (NHK)
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Two Americans plead guilty to helping Ghosn escape

June 15, 2021 - 03:14
Two American men accused of helping former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan to Lebanon have pleaded guilty on the opening day of their trial in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Decade-high food prices hit Asian consumers and businesses

June 14, 2021 - 08:33
The impact of the soaring prices of agricultural staples from wheat to vegetable oils to sugar over the past few months is now hitting consumers and businesses in Asia. (Nikkei)
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Toshiba drops 2 board member candidates ahead of shareholder meeting

June 14, 2021 - 08:29
Toshiba Corp on Sunday dropped the names of two board directors responsible for auditing from its list of candidates pending shareholder approval later in June after revelations of the industrial conglomerate's inappropriate handling of foreign activist investors. (Japan Today)
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Japan to launch antitrust probe into Apple, Google’s activities

June 14, 2021 - 08:26
Tech giants like Apple and Google are frequently finding themselves in sticky situations in many countries, including the EU, China, Russia, and even India these days, owing to their alleged “anti-competitive” practices, as well as their polices which apparently put user security and privacy at risk. (
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Geisha company in Japanese city of Niigata bets on crowdfunding to survive coronavirus downturn

June 13, 2021 - 15:17
An ultra-modern online crowdfunding campaign has come to the rescue of one of the most traditional and uniquely Japanese businesses in the north coast city of Niigata – its geisha community. (South China Morning Post)
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Toyota aims for carbon neutral plants by 2035

June 12, 2021 - 04:56
Toyota Motor has set a new target date to achieve carbon neutrality at its plants. The company has moved up its plans from 2050 to the year 2035. (NHK)
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Toshiba colluded with government to undermine shareholders, probe finds

June 10, 2021 - 23:41
Japan's trade ministry colluded with Toshiba Corp's (6502.T) management to unduly influence a key shareholder vote last year, an independent probe found, undermining Tokyo's efforts to improve corporate governance and win over foreign investors. (Reuters)
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Kewpie to sell 'scrambled egg' made entirely of soy

June 10, 2021 - 04:47
Japanese mayonnaise manufacturer Kewpie has developed a vegetarian version of scrambled eggs that are made of soy beans, as demand for such products rise. (Nikkei)
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NTT executives to have pay cut

June 8, 2021 - 04:24
Japan's telecom giant NTT has announced that its executives, including the president, will have their pay cut due to wining and dining scandals involving the communications ministry. (NHK)
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Toyota reaches settlement over bullied engineer's suicide

June 7, 2021 - 18:15
Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp has reached a settlement with the family of an engineer whose suicide was ruled a job-related death due to harassment from his boss. (Japan Today)
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Wood shortage and soaring prices threaten lumber industry in Japan

June 7, 2021 - 01:06
A global shortage of wood and soaring prices are threatening Japan’s lumber industry and has business operators fearing serious damage to the domestic market. (Japan Times)
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G7 nations 'just 1 millimeter' from historic tax deal

June 6, 2021 - 03:26
Some of the world’s richest nations are within touching distance of a historic deal to close the net on large companies that do not pay their fair share of tax, France and Germany said on Friday after a day of talks in London. (Japan Times)
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Quarantine breakers in Japan busted, but can they be stopped?

June 6, 2021 - 03:17
TOKYO -- Signs of a hole in Japan's measures to lock down its borders against the coronavirus have been spotted in an unexpected place: a department store in downtown Tokyo's ritzy Ginza district. (Nikkei)
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