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The legacy of the Bank of Japan's (BoJ) aggressive monetary easing policy -- often described as "unprecedented easing" -- has swelled to a record high as the fiscal year comes to a close.

McDonald's Japan has started charging 5 yen for a plastic bag, regardless of size, across all 23 stores in Nagasaki Prefecture, ahead of a nationwide rollout.

The "2024 Problem" in logistics has been affecting bookstores in Akita Prefecture since April, causing delays in the arrival of paperbacks and literary books, which now reach stores a day after their release date.

Rakuten Group has announced its decision to issue new dollar-denominated bonds worth approximately 300 billion yen ($2.7 billion), aiming to refinance the debt incurred from previous investments in mobile telecommunications infrastructure.

Beef bowls at Sukiya will see a price increase from April 3, along with a late-night surcharge, a first among major beef bowl chains.

Uniqlo, a leading clothing retailer, has announced the start of used clothing sales at its Tenjin store in Fukuoka City, a first for the brand in Kyushu.

With Japan's Nikkei hovering close to the 40,000 mark, market experts point out that the increasing trend of "stock splits" in recent years is supporting these higher stock prices.

As Japan begins overtime regulations for drivers, popular bus tours are now being forced to reconsider their routes.