More than 20 stores on Rakuten Inc.'s online shopping mall are suspected of having pretended to offer big discounts by pricing some 1,000 items, including food, higher than their actual regular prices, it was learned Thursday.
The misleading prices were spotted during a sale held between Sunday night and early Thursday to celebrate the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles professional baseball team's first-ever Japan Series championship.
The sale featured 77 pct discounts to correspond with the uniform number of Senichi Hoshino, the manager of the Rakuten-sponsored team.
The Japanese Bankers Association said Thursday the banking industry will launch a settlement system to allow instant fund transfers between banks 24 hours a day all year round in Japan from 2018. (Jiji Press)
Three people have died as a result of heavy snow caused by a strong low pressure system on Wednesday and Thursday, which also disrupted public transportation systems in Hokkaido and other areas mainly along the Sea of Japan. (The Japan News)
The Chiba Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of "kiken" quasi-legal drugs. (Japan Times)
Heavy snow caused a power outage along parts of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line for about six hours on Sunday morning, leaving some 300 passengers trapped in a bullet train for 2½ hours near the mountainous southern border of Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Times)