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Ghosn's new lawyer takes aim at Nissan and prosecutors

February 20, 2019 - 23:06
Carlos Ghosn's new lawyer took aim at Nissan, prosecutors and courts on Wednesday, dismissing the charges against the ousted chairman as an internal company matter and saying Japan was out of step with international norms by keeping his client in jail. (Japan Today)
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Tech crackdown on illegal lodgings

February 19, 2019 - 22:57
Japan's government says it's building a computer database of registered private lodgings. It aims to stop people renting out properties illegally in the rush to cash in on the growing number of tourists visiting Japan. (NHK)
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Leopalace finds defects in over 11,000 buildings

February 19, 2019 - 22:55
A Japanese real estate leasing company says it has found defects in more than 11,000 buildings nationwide. (NHK)
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Honda announces UK closure plan

February 19, 2019 - 22:47
Honda Motor says it plans to shut down its manufacturing plant in Swindon, southwest England, in 2021. (NHK)
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With legal team shake-up, Ghosn seeks punchier defense

February 17, 2019 - 23:25
By changing his lead attorney from a former prosecutor known as "the breaker" to a hotshot trial lawyer nicknamed "the acquitter", Carlos Ghosn plans a defense in his own image -- combative and media-savvy, experts say. (Japan Today)
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How to easily hire staff in Japan with a PEO Organization

February 17, 2019 - 02:29
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Coke raises prices in Japan, swallowing higher costs no more

February 16, 2019 - 00:11
Soft drink companies in Japan have put aside their long-held fear of losing market shares, moving to raise prices amid soaring expenses for labor and materials. (Nikkei)
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Family Mart employee fired after video shows him licking items

February 12, 2019 - 12:25
Convenience store operator Family Mart Co. on Monday announced the dismissal of a male employee after the emergence of a video showing him licking items, the latest of several similar incidents involving a food-related company in the last week, reports TV Asahi (Feb. 12). (
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ANA to buy stake in Philippine rival

February 8, 2019 - 17:56
The parent company of All Nippon Airways will invest in the operator of Philippine Airlines to take advantage of growing demand for travel in Asia. (NHK)
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Japanese apartment provider finds more building defects

February 7, 2019 - 22:54
Rental unit provider Leopalace21 said Thursday that possible construction code violations were found in an additional 1,324 of its apartment buildings, a discovery that will require the relocation of roughly 14,000 tenants. (Nikkei)
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Lawson closes franchise stores after they were found to have falsified food expiration times

February 6, 2019 - 19:14
Lawson Inc. said Wednesday it closed two of its franchise convenience stores after discovering they had systematically falsified expiration times on some food items prepared in the stores over a period of several years. (Japan Times)
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Nissan to oust Ghosn from board at April 8 shareholders meeting

February 5, 2019 - 19:37
Nissan Motor decided Tuesday to hold an extraordinary shareholders meeting on April 8, where the Japanese automaker is expected to dismiss former Chairman Carlos Ghosn and his onetime deputy Greg Kelly from the board of directors. (Nikkei)
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Japan to require casino resorts to have some of the largest hotels in the country

February 2, 2019 - 22:28
The government has announced standards it hopes to set for casino resorts — to be built by the mid-2020s — requiring them to have hotels and conference rooms that would be among the biggest in the country. (Japan Times)
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Aeon rolls out real-time video interpreting service for non-Japanese customers in 10 languages

February 1, 2019 - 23:00
In light of an increasing number of foreign customers, supermarket giant Aeon Co. on Friday launched a real-time video interpreting service. (Japan Times)
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Mos Burger announces switch to paper cutlery across Japan in bid to curb plastic waste

February 1, 2019 - 22:52
Major hamburger chain operator Mos Food Services Inc. has said it will switch from plastic to paper cutlery for takeout food at its corporate-owned outlets as it joins growing efforts to tackle the issue of plastic waste littering the oceans. (Japan Times)
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Butter imports to rise over 50%

January 30, 2019 - 18:32
Japan's agriculture ministry has decided to hike imports of butter. The aim is to prevent a shortage in the face of dwindling production of raw milk. (NHK)
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Foreign buyers slam brakes on Japanese real estate deals

January 26, 2019 - 23:46
Japan's once-buoyant real estate market has seen a sharp pullback in foreign buying, sending property deals falling by a third in the second half of 2018. (Nikkei)
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Hitachi to withdraw from wind turbine production

January 25, 2019 - 21:51
Japanese electronics maker Hitachi says it plans to withdraw from wind turbine production in the face of intensifying competition from foreign manufacturers. (NHK)
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Ghosn tells Renault he is resigning as CEO and chairman

January 23, 2019 - 18:34
Carlos Ghosn has told Renault he intends to resign as chairman and CEO of the French automaker, Nikkei learned Wednesday, now that his detention in Japan has ruled out a quick return to France. (Nikkei)
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7-Eleven Japan wants to stop selling adult magazines, cites concern for foreigners, female customers

January 22, 2019 - 19:06
7-Eleven Japan has announced that it is planning to phase out sales of porno mags at its roughly 20,000 locations across Japan. (
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