BUSINESS

Oct 01
US trade regulators have rejected Japanese undergarment maker Wacoal's assertion that its apparel can help women lose weight just by being worn. (NHK)
Oct 01
The Sukiya restaurant chain, which is affiliated with Zensho Holdings Co., said Tuesday it would temporarily suspend late-night operations at 1,167 outlets. (The Japan News)
Oct 01
NTT Docomo Inc. said Tuesday that it will launch a workout data management service in December that is compatible with smartphones and smart sportswear. (Jiji Press)
Oct 01
NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, today unveiled its 2014 winter/2015 spring lineup of mobile devices - seven smartphones, two tablets, two feature phones, one Raku-Raku ("easy-easy") phone, two mobile Wi-Fi routers, and one each feature phone and wristwatch-type wearable device for kids and juniors - which will launch in Japan on or after October 4. (jcnnewswire)
Oct 01
Toyota is recalling nearly 800,000 pickup trucks sold mainly in North America due to a defect that could damage their fuel tanks and cause fires. (NHK)
Sep 30
Japan Airlines Co. said it has become the latest target of hackers, with the information of up to 750,000 customers possibly stolen. (Wall Street Journal)
Sep 30
Japanese convenience store operator Lawson Inc said on Tuesday that it would buy upscale supermarket chain Seijo Ishii Co for about 55 billion yen ($503 million), including debt, from investment fund Marunouchi Capital. (Reuters)
Sep 30
Nissin Foods Holdings said Monday it will raise the price of instant noodles in Japan by 5-8% starting from shipments in January, to pass on higher ingredient and packaging costs. (Nikkei)
Sep 29
Officials in Nagano Prefecture in central Japan say volcanic ash from Mount Ontake has affected local crops. (NHK)
Sep 29
THE gaudy pachinko parlours that disfigure many a Japanese high street are an acquired taste. The country's 12,000 parlours keep players sealed off from the outside world behind a thick wall of noise, smoke and gambler's tension. (businessinsider.com.au)
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