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Jul 30, 2014

OkCupid toyed with users' love lives

OkCupid — a top U.S. matchmaking website — intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp. service said on Monday, weeks after Facebook Inc. admitted to misleading users in a psychological study. OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder made a case for the practice ...

Jul 30, 2014

Toyota remains world's biggest carmaker

Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of the year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal. Toyota Motor Corp. announced Wednesday that its January-June ...

Jul 30, 2014

IMF examines risks that could lead to sharp cut in Japan's growth

The International Monetary Fund has presented a worst-case combination of risks that could shave Japan’s real gross domestic product growth by as much as 4 percentage points. The economy would contract if the country simultaneously faces sluggish wage growth, a firmer yen, stock price ...

Jul 30, 2014

Japan's output drops most since 2011 as consumers spend less

Industrial output fell the most since the March 2011 disasters, government data showed Wednesday, highlighting the widening impact to the economy of the April 1 consumption tax increase. Industrial output dropped 3.3 percent in June from May, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry ...

Jul 30, 2014

NISA accounts estimated to reach 8.15 million by year-end

The number of tax-sheltering Nippon Individual Savings Accounts (NISA), including applications, is expected to reach 8.15 million by the end of 2014, the Nomura Research Institute said in a recent survey. There were 6.5 million NISA accounts at the end of March 2014, according ...

Shiseido unveils cosmetics line developed for global market

Jul 30, 2014

Shiseido unveils cosmetics line developed for global market

Shiseido Co. on Wednesday launched preliminary sales of a skin product strategically developed for the international market as part of a campaign by the major cosmetics company’s new president to lift its global profile. The Shiseido brand, together with the domestically strong Elixir and ...