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Slew of redevelopment projects give Ginza a face-lift

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Tokyo’s Ginza district has established itself as Japan’s shopping mecca, drawing in people from all over the world. Yet the bustling area is further evolving, with several major redevelopment projects taking place this year and beyond. But how exactly is Ginza being transformed? In this week’s FYI, we look at ...

Can Spotify dent streaming-averse Japan?

| Oct 24, 2016

Can Spotify dent streaming-averse Japan?

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Spotify’s long-awaited launch last month has industry watchers wondering whether it will make a major breakthrough in altering Japan’s $3 billion music industry, where 80 percent of sales still come from CDs and other physical formats. With most of the world’s major streaming services ...

Terror financing laws limited by burden of proof

| Aug 29, 2016

Terror financing laws limited by burden of proof

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Last month it was revealed that a Bangladeshi former associate professor at Kyoto’s Ritsumeikan University was wanted by police for his suspected involvement in the Dhaka terrorist attack that killed 20 people in a cafe, including seven Japanese. Mohammad Saifullah Ozaki had been teaching ...

Cup Noodles slurping strong, 45 years on

| Aug 22, 2016

Cup Noodles slurping strong, 45 years on

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Hungry? Just grab a cup of instant noodles and pour hot water into it. After waiting three minutes, the ramen is ready to eat. This September marks the 45th anniversary of Cup Noodles, the “magic” instant food that has had a dramatic impact on ...