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Japan, neighbors agree on moves to protect endangered eel

Sep 18, 2014

Japan, neighbors agree on moves to protect endangered eel

Japan has agreed to cut purchases of eel fry from neighboring East Asian countries by 20 percent as part of moves to protect the endangered species. The agriculture ministry said the agreement with China, South Korea and Taiwan, reached Wednesday, calls for reducing eel ...

Sep 18, 2014

Line says shopping app to eclipse sales of stickers, games

Line Corp., operator of the nation’s largest mobile messaging service, says its shopping mall application could become its biggest source of revenue, eclipsing sales from games and character stickers. The Tokyo-based company, owned by South Korea’s Naver Corp., started the Line Mall app in ...

Local governments upgrading gifts to collect tax donations

Sep 18, 2014

Local governments upgrading gifts to collect tax donations

Local governments are upgrading the goods and services they provide to people who make contributions to them under the “hometown tax” system. The system allows people to donate money to local governments of their choice, such as their hometowns. Donors get deductions in resident ...

Sep 17, 2014

Number of websites explodes past a billion (and counting)

The number of websites has burst above 1 billion and is growing apace, according to figures updated in real time Tuesday by online tracker Internet Live Stats. Tim Berners-Lee, considered the father of the World Wide Web, touted the milestone on Twitter — one ...

Sep 17, 2014

Government-labor-management talks to resume, possibly in October

The government will resume its three-way talks with labor and management representatives as early as next month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. “Everyone needs to share the view that a virtuous economic circle will be maintained with employee pay raised on better corporate earnings,” ...

Sep 17, 2014

Government to lower economic assessment

The government is considering lowering its assessment of the economy in the monthly report for September, it was learned Wednesday. This would mark the first downgrade since April, when the economy was hit by a pullback in demand after the April 1 consumption tax ...