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Japan to step up scrutiny of foreign investment in technology

August 17, 2019 - 21:59
Japan will tighten control over foreign investments in domestic companies involved in semiconductors and other high-tech industries by focusing on the purchase of shares that carry voting rights, Nikkei learned Saturday. (Nikkei)
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Japan's economy grows faster than expected on new imperial era holidays

August 9, 2019 - 23:50
Japan's economy grew at a faster-than-expected clip in the second quarter, official data showed on Friday, helped by celebrations to usher in a new imperial era. (Japan Today)
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Japan retailers feel chill with big-spending Chinese gone

August 9, 2019 - 23:46
Earnings season in Japan is highlighting a recent plunge in inbound spending and its impact on drugstore chains, cosmetics makers and department stores previously favored by big-spending Chinese tourists. (Nikkei)
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Doubts linger over iPhone display maker JDI's shaky Chinese rescue

August 9, 2019 - 23:45
LCD maker Japan Display has escaped immediate bankruptcy by lining up 80 billion yen ($758 million) in aid from Chinese investors, but the company remains dogged by uncertainty over the long-delayed rescue. (Nikkei)
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Taking a closer look at video game history in Japan

August 9, 2019 - 11:32
To much of the world Japan is the home of video games. (
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Japan Post to review international money transfers

August 7, 2019 - 22:14
Japan Post Bank appears set to place a limit on over-the-counter international cash transfers to better address money laundering. (NHK)
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FamilyMart shuts Shibuya store after video shows rat infestation

August 6, 2019 - 23:04
Convenience store operator FamilyMart Co. on Monday shut one of its stores in Shibuya Ward following the emergence of a video showing a rat infestation, the company said. (
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Japan Post to end Saturday standard mail delivery next year

August 6, 2019 - 22:58
A government panel decided Tuesday to end Saturday delivery for standard mail to deal with a labor shortage at Japan Post Co and a drop in demand due to increased use of the internet. (Japan Today)
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Suntory pours $56m into whisky-aging cellar to meet demand

August 5, 2019 - 23:18
Japanese beverage producer Suntory Holdings will spend about 6 billion yen ($56 million) to expand a domestic whisky-aging facility, the group's latest effort to keep up with rising international demand for the spirit. (Nikkei)
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Race to avoid title of lowest minimum wage sweeps Japan

August 3, 2019 - 23:30
The southern Japanese prefecture of Kagoshima desperately wants to lose the distinction of paying the lowest minimum wage among Japan's 47 prefectures, after falling short of its closest rival by just 1 yen (1 cent) last time. (Nikkei)
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Panel proposes average minimum wage of more than Y900 for 1st time

July 31, 2019 - 22:16
A government panel proposed Wednesday that the average hourly minimum wage in Japan should be raised to 901 yen in fiscal 2019, exceeding 900 yen for the first time ever as the consumption tax will be increased in October. (Japan Today)
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Japan's manufacturing slump deepens as two-thirds see profit fall

July 29, 2019 - 22:43
More than two-thirds of listed Japanese manufacturers have reported declines in quarterly profits so far this earnings season, the broadest slump since the global financial crisis, as trade frictions and China's economic slowdown take their toll. (Nikkei)
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Unlawful sales of Japan Post Insurance products found

July 29, 2019 - 22:38
Some post office workers forged documents or engaged in other unlawful practices in selling the products of Japan Post Insurance Co in fiscal 2018, internal documents showed Monday. (Japan Today)
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Kyoto Animation hopes to recover data from server after arson attack

July 29, 2019 - 22:27
Kyoto Animation Co is seeking to recover drawing and storyboard data from a server that was apparently undamaged in the deadly arson attack on a studio earlier this month. (Japan Today)
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Cloudiest Tokyo summer in 129 years leaves Japan's retailers hurting

July 28, 2019 - 19:27
The unusually long and cool rainy season has dampened demand for apparel, furniture and other goods, with some retailers already reporting steep drops in merchandise sales. (Japan Times)
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Luxury hotels pop up in Japan for Western visitors

July 27, 2019 - 23:08
Real estate companies in Japan are busy building luxury hotels that will charge more than $250 a night, perceiving a shortage of top-of-the-line accommodations due to a surge in international travelers, particularly from the U.S. and Europe. (Nikkei)
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Nissan to slash 10% of global workforce after worse-than-expected 99% profit plunge

July 25, 2019 - 22:57
Nissan Motor Co. doubled its planned job losses and unveiled new production cuts after reporting a 99 percent plunge in first-fiscal quarter operating profit, hurt by an aging product lineup and a slide in vehicle sales in the U.S. and Europe. (Japan Times)
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Coca-Cola to debut first alcohol drink in Japan

July 22, 2019 - 23:34
Coca-Cola in October will take an alcoholic drink nationwide in Japan as the global soft drink giant attempts to diversify its way out of the mature and crowded soda pop market with an "alcopop" offering. (Nikkei)
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Economists question Japan's planned consumption tax hike

July 22, 2019 - 23:29
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner Komeito won a majority of seats in the country's upper house election on Sunday, paving the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's planned consumption tax hike in October. (Nikkei)
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Asahi to buy AB InBev's Australian unit in $11.3bn deal

July 19, 2019 - 22:20
Asahi Group Holdings, Japan's biggest brewer, has struck a deal to acquire leading Australian player Carlton & United Breweries. (Nikkei)
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