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Japan companies aim to boost productivity by hiring non-smokers

16-May-2019 Intellasia | FoxNews | 6:00 AM

A growing number of Japan-based businesses are taking stronger action to promote health and wellness among employees as well as boost productivity by going as far as hiring [...]
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US troops relocating to Guam but scepticism in Okinawa lingers. And even some in the US military are unconvinced

16-May-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

The long-delayed relocation of US troops from Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture to the Pacific island of Guam could commence in October 2024 and be completed within 18 months, [...]
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Japan’s Nissan sees sharply lower profits after Ghosn scandal

16-May-2019 Intellasia | Aljazeera | 6:00 AM

The automaker says it expects operating profits to fall by 28 percent in the coming financial year. The troubles at Japan’s second-biggest carmaker, Nissan, appear to [...]
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Nissan hits ‘rock bottom’ as Renault pushes for a merger

16-May-2019 Intellasia | CNN | 6:00 AM

Nissan posted a big drop in profits and revenues Tuesday, underlining the bumpy road ahead as it tries to move on from the Carlos Ghosn era and fend off a merger proposal [...]
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Japan takes India to WTO over mobile phone import duties

16-May-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Japan has complained at the World Trade Organisation about India’s duties on mobile phones, base stations and routers, and the circuit boards and other components that [...]
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Japanese companies aim to hire non-smokers to boost productivity

15-May-2019 Intellasia | The Independent | 6:00 AM

Domestic firms are taking stronger action against tobacco use, going so far as to avoid hiring smokers in some cases. The moves come amid greater emphasis on promoting [...]
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Alipay extends mobile payment services to 300,000 retailers in Japan

15-May-2019 Intellasia | News | 6:00 AM

Ant Financial, the mobile payments affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, said it has signed up more than 300,000 retailers in Japan to its Alipay service to serve the [...]
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Japan’s coincident index suggests economy may be in recession

15-May-2019 Intellasia | Investing | 6:00 AM

Japan’s coincident indicator index declined in March and the government cut its assessment of the economy, a sign it may already be in recession as the US-China trade [...]
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Toshiba net profit up on chip business sale

14-May-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Struggling Japanese engineering firm Toshiba on Monday reported improved full-year net profit thanks to the sale of its chip business, but said operating profit was sharply [...]
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Melbourne woman dies after slipping off cliff on Japan’s Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail

14-May-2019 Intellasia | ABC | 6:00 AM

A Melbourne woman has died after falling off a cliff while walking on a pilgrimage trail in Japan. The ABC has confirmed passers-by called the fire department to the Kumano [...]
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4 found dead in submerged car at southwestern Japan port

14-May-2019 Intellasia | Kyodo News | 6:00 AM

Three males and a female were confirmed dead Monday after their bodies were discovered in a submerged car at a port in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, police said. [...]
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Give ‘em shell: turtles stick neck out for Japan rice forecast

14-May-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

In an ancient ceremony that occurs only once every imperial era, Japanese palace courtiers in traditional robes and hats decided on Monday where best to grow royal riceusing [...]
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Malaysia bids to send trained workers to Japan under new visa scheme

14-May-2019 Intellasia | Malay Mail | 6:00 AM

Malaysia is planning to send skilled workers to Japan under the new visa programme the latter launched on April 1. In the scheme, Malaysia will be the 10th nation approved to [...]
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Deployment of US missile defense systems to Japan is a threat to Russia  Lavrov

Deployment of US missile defense systems to Japan is a threat to Russia Lavrov

13-May-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

The US’ continuous military buildup in Japan, namely deployment of missile defense systems, is a direct threat to Russia, Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said after [...]
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Japan’s Rakuten profit jumps fourfold on $1 billion Lyft stake gain

11-May-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:53 AM

Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten Inc’s first-quarter operating profit jumped fourfold as it booked a $1 billion gain on its stake in US ride-hailing company Lyft [...]
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