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Japan's First Egg Freezing Insurance for Women Under 39

February 22, 2024 - 00:47
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, a major non-life insurance company, will offer the industry's first insurance for frozen eggs starting in April. (News On Japan)
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Honda and Mazda Respond Fully to Spring Wage Offensive

February 21, 2024 - 19:29
In this year's Shunto (spring wage negotiations), Honda and Mazda provided full responses to their labor unions on the 21st, marking the earliest responses among major automakers. Both companies plan to implement wage increases at a high level, and the focus is on whether this trend will spread further. (News On Japan)
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Finance or Experience? The Right Investment Choice for Young People

February 21, 2024 - 03:24
As the new NISA and the current stock market boom fuel the investment fever among the younger generation, there's a growing voice suggesting that experience may be more valuable than financial investment at a young age. (News On Japan)
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Global Semiconductor Giant Transforms Small Japanese Town

February 20, 2024 - 19:13
A massive Taiwanese semiconductor company has made its way into a town in Kumamoto Prefecture with a population of 43,000. (News On Japan)
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Japanese and Ukrainian Firms Bridge Business Opportunities

February 20, 2024 - 18:51
Over 20 Ukrainian companies visiting Japan joined Japanese firms in a business matching event aimed at reconstruction efforts. (News On Japan)
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Japan McDonald's to Start Charging for Bags

February 20, 2024 - 05:33
Starting April, some major fast-food chains, including McDonald's Japan, will begin charging for bags at select locations. McDonald's Japan has announced that starting April, 23 stores in Nagasaki Prefecture will introduce a fee of 5 yen per bag for customers who use shopping bags. (News On Japan)
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Struggle for Wage Increases Despite Booming Stocks

February 20, 2024 - 05:28
The Nikkei average stock price is nearing its all-time high from 34 years ago. We compare the "bubble period" with today and explore the impact on daily life. (News On Japan)
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Tomato Price Surge Sends Shockwaves Through Food Industry

February 20, 2024 - 05:25
Following last year's "Egg Shock," there is now concern over the recent price increases of tomato products such as ketchup and whole tomatoes, with the term "Tomato Shock" being used by some in the restaurant industry to describe the new reality. (News On Japan)
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"Daiso" Founder Hiroo Yano Passes Away

February 20, 2024 - 02:22
Hiroo Yano, the founder of the 100-yen shop chain Daiso, operated by Daisho Industries, has passed away. He was 80 years old. Born in Beijing, China, in 1943, Yano founded the predecessor to Daiso, "Yano Store," in 1972. (News On Japan)
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Japan Goes Head-to-Head with China in SE Asia Cosmetics

February 20, 2024 - 00:24
In Japan's cosmetics industry, amid intensifying competition in China, which is the largest export market, there is a growing trend to enhance production and sales in Southeast Asia, where the population is increasing. (News On Japan)
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An 87-Year-Old Investor's Journey to 2 Billion Yen Portfolio

February 19, 2024 - 08:02
Known as "Japan's Buffett," 87-year-old day trader Shigeru Fujimoto has amassed a fortune of 2 billion yen. Starting as a pet shop employee and later running a mahjong parlor, Fujimoto became a full-time investor, mastering the art of day trading. (News On Japan)
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2023 Tax Filing Commences with New Invoice System

February 19, 2024 - 05:25
The filing period for 2023 income tax and other taxes began on February 16th, with people completing their declarations at a special venue in Nagoya City. At the venue in Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, taxpayers received advice on filing their taxes using smartphones, and almost all booths were occupied from the morning. (News On Japan)
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Empowering Women in Construction

February 19, 2024 - 02:12
In the construction industry, where labor shortages are becoming increasingly severe, both the government and companies are focusing on acquiring female talent. We investigated the efforts of a construction company where women are leading the way on the job site. (News On Japan)
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Gunma's MaaS: A Step Towards Sustainable Public Transport

February 19, 2024 - 02:02
In an effort to move away from car-dependent society, Gunma Prefecture launched its version of MaaS (Mobility as a Service) last year. This service allows users to book and pay for various public transportation options, such as trains and buses, using just a smartphone. (News On Japan)
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The Rise of Generative AI in Business

February 17, 2024 - 06:16
As the use of generative AI, like ChatGPT, expands globally, it is bringing changes to our "jobs" and "work styles." Last year, beverage giant Ito En renewed the packaging of one of its products, with the design's original draft created by "generative AI." The woman featured in the commercial was also generated by AI. (News On Japan)
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Old Rivals Yamato and Japan Post Join Forces

February 16, 2024 - 14:43
To address the driver shortage crisis, long-standing rivals Yamato Transport and Japan Post have teamed up to tackle Japan's challenging logistical environment known as the "2024 Problem." (News On Japan)
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Nikkei Closes Over 38,000 for First Time in 34 Years

February 15, 2024 - 17:39
The Nikkei 225 average on the Tokyo Stock Market soared Thursday, closing at over 38,000 yen, the highest level since the post-bubble era. (News On Japan)
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Renesas Electronics Acquires U.S. Software Company for 880 Billion Yen

February 15, 2024 - 15:47
Renesas Electronics, a leading semiconductor company, has announced its acquisition of American software firm Altium Limited for approximately 880 billion yen to expedite the development and design of semiconductor products. (News On Japan)
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Germany Surpasses Japan in 2023 Nominal GDP

February 15, 2024 - 14:21
The Cabinet Office announced that Japan's nominal GDP in 2023 fell to fourth place globally, overtaken by Germany, in dollar terms, partly due to a continued downturn in personal consumption, influenced by rising prices. (News On Japan)
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Profits Up for Restaurant Giants

February 15, 2024 - 02:43
Two major family restaurant chains in Japan have reported their annual financial results, showing an increase in net profits due to the recovery in the number of customers following the downgrading of COVID-19 to a Class 5 infectious disease. (News On Japan)
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