BUSINESS – 7

Apr 11
Melons contaminated with deadly listeriosis bacteria were exported to at least nine countries from Australia, where an outbreak has killed seven people and caused one miscarriage, the World Health Organization said on Monday. (Japan Today)
Apr 11
Japanese researchers have found more than 16 million tons of rare earth deposits, equivalent to a few hundred years of global consumption, under the seabed near Minami-Torishima, about 1,900km southeast of Tokyo. (Nikkei)
Apr 11
Japan's catch of Pacific flying squid fell to a new all-time low in 2017, sending wholesale prices of the seafood to profit-squeezing highs for companies that process it into popular foods. (Nikkei)
Apr 10
Japanese communications minister Seiko Noda on Monday granted a certificate to allow major cybermall operator Rakuten Inc. <4755> to become the country's fourth mobile phone carrier. (Jiji)
Apr 08
The Tokyo-based Yano Research Institute recently released the results of its analysis of the pachinko industry, and some of the numbers don’t look so good . (soranews24.com)

Apr 07
Fujifilm Imaging Systems Co. announced Friday it will terminate sales of monochrome photographic film, with the last shipment expected to be in October, due to falling demands in the digital age. (Japan Times)
Apr 07
Japanese online brokerage Monex Group Inc. said Friday it has agreed to purchase all outstanding shares in troubled cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc. for 3.6 billion yen ($33.6 million). (Kyodo)
Apr 06
Western Union, the leading international money transfer operator, will soon offer Japan's burgeoning population of foreign workers the ability to send money home by smartphone. (Nikkei)
Apr 06
Japan is moving toward legalizing initial coin offerings, even as countries such as China and the U.S. restrict the fundraising method because of the risks it presents for investors. (Japan Times)
Apr 05
Amazon Japan seems to be turning a fee hike for small deliveries into an opportunity to prod consumers to join its loyalty program. (Nikkei)

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