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Drone deliveries to start to Japanese islet

June 17, 2019 - 21:49
Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten and supermarket chain Seiyu are starting a drone delivery service for summer visitors to an island off Yokosuka, near Tokyo. (NHK)
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Boom to bust for Japan's manga madness?

June 17, 2019 - 00:16
Japanese manga needs a new superhero. Battered by a shrinking population and changing consumer tastes, the once undisputed champion of the country's pop culture is on the ropes as readership plummets. (Nikkei)
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Japan's private lodgings grow 8-fold in 1 year; half run by businesses

June 17, 2019 - 00:09
The number of private lodgings in Japan has increased eightfold since the law legalizing them took effect a year ago to relieve a shortage of hotel rooms in the wake of the inbound tourism boom, according to data released by the government. (Japan Today)
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Kao's #beWhite campaign leaves firm red-faced

June 15, 2019 - 00:46
A Japanese firm has shelved an advertising campaign intended to promote gender equity at home after its #beWHITE hashtag sparked concern about racial sensitivities. (Japan Today)
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Uber Eats delivery staff in Japan plan to form labor union

June 12, 2019 - 23:10
Food delivery staff working in Japan for ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc said Wednesday they plan to form a labor union in a bid to improve what they see as disadvantageous treatment for being classified as independent contractors rather than employees. (Japan Today)
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Over 60% of women face enforcement of wearing heels at work, study finds

June 11, 2019 - 23:01
More than 60 percent of women in Japan have experienced the enforcement rules calling for the wearing of heels in the workplace or while job-hunting, or have witnessed others being forced to wear them, according to a survey conducted by a Japanese business website, which also reported the findings Tuesday to a Diet discussion. (Japan Today)
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Cup Noodle maker switching to eco-plastic

June 11, 2019 - 22:43
Japan's leading instant noodle company is joining the fight against pollution. Nissin Food Products says it will redesign its containers to use less petroleum-based products and more so-called bio-plastic, derived from plants. (NHK)
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Japanese workers expect smaller summer bonuses

June 11, 2019 - 22:42
Keidanren, the Japan Business Federation, says major companies are planning to trim summer bonuses this year. (NHK)
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Tokyo keen to draw foreign workers to rural Japan

June 10, 2019 - 23:34
Japan is bringing in more foreign workers to help address a labor shortage, and the government wants to make sure Tokyo and other major cities are not the only places that benefit from the additional manpower. (Nikkei)
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Japan, U.S. remain apart on currency devaluation provision

June 9, 2019 - 23:27
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday, as their countries have been discussing a bilateral trade deal with a focus on whether it could involve a provision to prevent competitive currency devaluation. (Japan Today)
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Airbnb listings in Japan rebound after regulatory freeze

June 6, 2019 - 22:12
Airbnb Inc. says it’s back in business in Japan, a year after stricter short-term lodging regulations forced it to freeze a major portion of its listings in the country. (Japan Times)
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Rakuten and NEC to build own 5G network

June 4, 2019 - 22:42
E-commerce group Rakuten, Japan's newest wireless carrier, will partner with information technology group NEC to install roughly 16,000 low-cost 5G base stations across the country over five years, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
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Institutional investors squeeze Japan's insular boardrooms to open up

June 4, 2019 - 22:40
With Japan's annual shareholders meetings season coming up later this month, institutional investors are ramping up pressure on companies to appoint more and better external directors who can improve corporate governance. (Nikkei)
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Sony raises rookie pay up to 20% to lure tech talent

June 2, 2019 - 22:17
Sony will increase salaries by up to 20% for new recruits with high-tech skills in fields such as artificial intelligence, moving away from the traditional Japanese emphasis on seniority to better compete in a battle for talent that crosses industries and international borders. (Nikkei)
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Amazon Japan and Life supermarket tie up to sell fresh foods online, starting in Tokyo

May 30, 2019 - 19:35 Inc.’s Japanese unit and Life Corp., one of the country’s major supermarket chains, said Thursday they will join forces to sell fresh foods online starting later this year, aiming to attract elderly and busy customers. (Japan Times)
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Abe: US won't get preferential treatment on trade

May 30, 2019 - 19:33
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made it clear that the US won't get special treatment in a trade deal with Japan. (NHK)
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Amazon to deliver groceries from Japan's bricks-and-mortar stores

May 29, 2019 - 22:22
Amazon Japan will start offering groceries from supermarket chain Life in certain parts of Tokyo by the end of the year, Nikkei has learned, tapping growing demand for convenience among working couples and the elderly. (Nikkei)
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Japan's record economic growth faces shaky outlook

May 28, 2019 - 22:53
Japan's economic expansion dating to December 2012 remains intact thanks to wholly unexpected growth in the first quarter, but mounting headwinds have pushed the economy onto unsteady footing. (Nikkei)
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Suzuki chairman forfeits a year's pay after mass recall

May 28, 2019 - 22:51
The chairman of Suzuki Motor will voluntarily forgo compensation for a full year to atone for the string of inspection cheating scandals that led to one of the biggest recalls in Japan's history. (Nikkei)
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Nissan under the gun on whether to form 4-way alliance

May 28, 2019 - 22:20
The heads of Nissan Motor, Mitsubishi Motors and Renault will gather Wednesday to discuss Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' proposed merger with the French automaker, as Nissan reckons with the question of how to deal with the changes to the alliance that would ensue. (Nikkei)
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