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Hand-me-downs: US Brands Find New Lease On Life In Japan

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JAPAN TODAY
 
TOKYO —For a glimpse of the latest fashion trends in Tokyo, venture to the Harajuku or Shimokitazawa shopping and entertainment districts. Renowned for narrow streets and off-the-beaten-track appeal, it is little wonder that independent live music venues, record stores, bars, and re...

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Sports Authority Stumbles As Online Shops Surge

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THE JAPAN TIMES
 
By Marcy Gordon / The Associated Press
Fans coveting their favorite team’s jersey with the personal touch of their name on the back are flocking online, likely not to the sports store at their local mall. Consumer habits are evolving. That looks to be one of the developments beh...

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Nintendo Halves Profit Forecast On Strong Yen

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JAPAN TODAY
 
TOKYO — Video game giant Nintendo on Friday chopped its full-year net profit forecast in half, saying slowing sales and a recent pick up in the Japanese currency were eating into its bottom line.
The Kyoto-based company said it now expected to eke out a 17 billion yen net profit in ...

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Economy, Strong Yen Defuse 'Explosive' Chinese Shopping In Japan

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JAPAN TODAY
 
TOKYO — Chinese tourists spent less in Tokyo shops during the Lunar New Year holidays compared with a year earlier, retailers said, as a stronger yen and slower economic growth at home discouraged the kind of “explosive buying” that became a buzzword in 2015.
Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdi...

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Omotesando Hills in Tokyo To Undergo Major Renovation

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JAPAN TODAY
 
 
TOKYO — Mori Building, a leading urban developer, announced Tuesday that the cultural and commercial complex Omotesando Hills will undergo a large-scale renovation to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its opening.
The renovation will cover nearly half of the commercial space, br...

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Decoding Canned Coffee in Japan

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JAPAN TRENDS
If you’ve been to Japan you’ve seen them: Brightly lit vending machines with rows of beverages lined up, each facing the passerby and beckoning to be sampled. Maybe you’ve noticed the coffee options as well. Where I’m from drinking coffee out of a can, never mind a hot can, sounds cr...

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Sony Unveils Prototype 4K TV With New Brightness Level

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JAPAN TODAY
 LAS VEGAS —Sony this week unveiled a prototype TV capable of showing 4K programming with a brightness level it claims is four times as bright as its competitors.
Using a technology it called Backlight Master Drive, the company said its prototype TV could emit 4,000 nits of brightness...

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Anime Store’s Super-generous Merchandise Deal Is A 4,700-percent Return On Your Shopping Investment

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ROCKET NEWS
 With 60 items for just 1,000 yen (US$8.35), Animate’s lucky bag might just be the luckiest of all.
At New Year’s, almost every major retailer in Japan sells “lucky bags,” which are bundles of merchandise bought sight-unseen. While it might seem a little strange to buy something witho...

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One-Punch Man Knit Cap Is The One Piece Of Anime Winter Gear You Need To Keep Your Head Warm

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ROCKET NEWS
Just because superhero Saitama’s bald head is cold in winter doesn’t mean yours has to be too.
Surprise anime hit One–Punch Man’s protagonist, Saitama, doesn’t look like your ordinary action hero. Not only does he share a name with what’s often considered to be Japan’s least cool pref...

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Japan Finally Bottles “The Scent Of a Cat’s Forehead”—Now Available To Spray On Your Belongings!

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ROCKET NEWS
After four months of development, Japanese online retailer Felissimo has finally captured the scent of a cat’s forehead in a bottle. 
The cat-loving folks over at online retailer Felissimo have delighted us in the past with an adorable kitten lingerie collection and even little feline...

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