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Japan's electricity shake-up gives power to the people

| Mar 31, 2016

Japan's electricity shake-up gives power to the people

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Japan’s electricity market receives a fundamental shake-up on Friday, with the introduction of greater competition for households and small businesses. Until now, regional utilities have monopolized supply. There will be some unfamiliar names among the new entrants, bringing with them a wide range of ...

Mirrorless cars a reflection of auto industry's future

| Mar 28, 2016

Mirrorless cars a reflection of auto industry's future

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From fuel cell vehicles to self-driving cars, new technologies for next-generation autos are gaining traction. In a move likely to accelerate this, the United Nations World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, which consists of major car-producing nations and sets international safety and environmental ...

The centuries-old charm of Japan's cherry blossoms

| Mar 14, 2016

The centuries-old charm of Japan's cherry blossoms

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The time of year much awaited by many people across the country is finally near: the blooming period of the nation’s beloved sakura (cherry blossoms). Numerous people plan hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) under the trees, one of the biggest spring events on the Japanese calendar. ...

Cellphone cease-fire signals change

| Feb 22, 2016

Cellphone cease-fire signals change

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The Japanese mobile phone industry recently came under fire from the government for using ambiguous price-setting schemes and excessive handset discounts that stole customers from rivals but penalized loyalty. This has prompted the three major carriers — NTT Docomo Inc., KDDI Corp. and SoftBank ...