BUSINESS

Aug 30
Novartis Pharma K.K. said it has failed to report to the health ministry at least 2,579 cases of serious side effects, including a fatality, from its drugs for leukemia and other diseases even though its employees were aware of the problems. (The Japan News)
Aug 30
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and several Japanese airlines have established a special committee to discuss countermeasures to resolve the serious shortage of pilots. (Japan Today)
Aug 30
Major banks in Japan are set to cut fixed interest rates on home loans to their lowest levels ever in September. (NHK)
Aug 30
Sekisui House has begun constructing residential buildings in what marks the start of the second stage of the huge Central Park redevelopment project in downtown Sydney. (Nikkei)
Aug 30
Japanese wireless operator SoftBank Corp will offer a Sony smartphone for the first time, selling a soon-to-be-launched Xperia in Japan, and in the United States via its unit Sprint, sources with knowledge of the matter said. (Japan Today)
Aug 30
The import price of Chinese-grown onions is surging in Japan on reduced supplies after excessive amounts of an agrochemical were detected in them last month. (Nikkei)
Aug 29
The number of Chinese visitors to Japan dropped dramatically after the government of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō nationalized the Senkaku Islands on September 11, 2012. (nippon.com)
Aug 29
As Japanese families gathered earlier this month for the traditional "Obon" festival honoring ancestors, some elderly parents broached an awkward but increasingly critical topic: planning for inheritance. (Reuters)
Aug 29
Nissan Motor Co. premiered its new Datsun mi-DO hatchback at the Moscow International Automobile Salon, which opened to the media on Wednesday. (The Japan News)
Aug 28
Foreign tourists as well as Japanese travelers headed for international destinations will be able to start their duty-free shopping in central Tokyo from next year. (Asahi)
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