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Rakuten and Walmart open first Walmart e-commerce store in Japan

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:50
Rakuten Inc and Walmart Inc officially opened the first Walmart e-commerce store in Japan, the Walmart Rakuten Ichiba Store, on the Rakuten Ichiba internet shopping mall. (Japan Today)
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Global IT talent war sends Japan tech salaries soaring

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:46
As the global shortage of skilled information technology experts hits Japan hard, companies are scrambling to lure and keep top talent with hefty annual pay packages. (Nikkei)
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Japan to offer free rubella vaccinations to combat outbreak

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:41
The Japanese government said Tuesday it will offer free rubella vaccinations for three years to men who were unvaccinated in their childhood amid an outbreak of the disease that threatens to dampen demand for travel to Japan. (Japan Today)
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Japan seeks 1st aircraft carrier to deploy stealth fighters

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:30
Japan is seeking to possess its first aircraft carrier to allow for the deployment of U.S.-made stealth fighters as it seeks to bolster its arms capability under a new 10-year defense plan. (Japan Today)
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Beijing court sentences Japanese man to 12 years in prison over spying

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:27
A court in Beijing has sentenced a Japanese man in his 70s who was arrested in China in June 2015 to 12 years in prison for spying, sources well-informed about Sino-Japanese relations said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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7 best places in Japan for a romantic getaway

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 00:21
Japan may have assimilated so many western cultural influences, yet it still remains exotic and enigmatic. (
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Japan to effectively block China telecom giants

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 23:17
Japan's government has decided to revise its procedures for purchasing telecommunications equipment, a move that would effectively exclude Chinese telecom giants. (NHK)
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Man, 27, found with corpse of girlfriend in Fukushima parking lot

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 23:16
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 27-year-old man after he was found with the corpse of his girlfriend inside a vehicle in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Dec. 10). (
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23 years sought for man accused of causing road-rage accident that left couple dead and their children hurt

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 23:11
Prosecutors sought a 23-year prison term for a 26-year-old man on Monday over an alleged road-rage incident near Tokyo last year that left a couple dead and their children injured. (Japan Times)
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Winter bonuses hit record in Japan, led by manufacturers

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 23:01
Winter bonuses at Japanese companies averaged an all-time high of 834,391 yen ($7,400) this year, according to a Nikkei survey released Monday, notching a sixth straight year of growth on strong corporate earnings. (Nikkei)
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Ghosn indicted, gets new arrest warrant

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 22:55
Tokyo prosecutors have indicted former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn for understating his past compensation by tens of millions of dollars. They have also served an additional arrest warrant on him over similar allegations relating to his pay in the last 3 years. (NHK)
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Abe vows to prepare for foreign workers

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 22:54
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to do all he can to ensure the smooth operation of a new program that will bring more foreign workers to the country. (NHK)
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Gusto stops using plastic straws

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 22:52
Major Japanese restaurant chain Gusto on Monday stopped providing plastic straws at its 1,300 locations nationwide. (NHK)
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JR employees accused of theft of Y5 million from station office

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 23:31
Ishikawa Prefectural Police have arrested two station attendants at West Japan Railway Co. over the theft of 5 million yen from an office in Kanazawa City earlier this year, reports TV Asahi (Dec. 7). (
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Japan to extend copyright period on works including novels, paintings to 70 years on Dec. 30

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 23:30
Japan is set to extend the copyright period on works such as novels and paintings to 70 years after the authors’ deaths from the current 50 years, effective Dec. 30, when the revised copyright law goes into force. (Japan Times)
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Saitama: Man, 39, stabs 3 Cambodians in residence

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 23:25
Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested a 39-year-old man over the stabbing of three Cambodian nationals at an apartment building in Hanyu City on Saturday, reports NHK (
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Crown Princess Masako vows to serve the people after she becomes Empress next year

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 23:13
Crown Princess Masako, who turned 55 on Sunday, vowed to make her best effort to serve the people as she is set to become Empress following May’s Imperial succession. (Japan Times)
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Police staffer accused of raping 12-year-old girl

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 00:13
Gunma Prefectural Police have arrested a staff member for the National Police Agency over the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl he met online earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (
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Japan's Upper House approves free trade pact with EU by majority vote

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 00:08
The Diet on Saturday approved an economic partnership agreement with the European Union that’s set to create a free trade bloc accounting for 30 percent of world output. (Japan Times)
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Japanese woman gets 6-year jail term in China for espionage

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 00:03
A Chinese court has sentenced a Japanese woman to six years in prison for spying, a source privy to bilateral relations said Saturday. (Japan Today)
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