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Novartis Japan ordered to shut down for failure to report side effects

Health authorities ordered the Japanese unit of Novartis AG to shut down most operations for 15 days in March, saying the drug maker failed to report side effects from its products in a timely fashion...

Tokyo submits basic plan for 2020 Olympic Games

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have drawn up a basic plan to be used as guidelines to prepare for the events. (NHK)

Foreign demand boosting production in Japan

Recovering demand in the U.S. and other foreign markets is driving up Japan's output, especially as the weak yen finally starts to benefit businesses here by bolstering profits on exports. (Nikkei)

Service for sweet-toothed train buffs to start in Kyushu

Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) plans to start a "sweet train" service this summer that will serve custom-made confectioneries on a restored train from the Meiji Era (1868-1912). (Asahi)

Soccer: JFA will offer job to ex-Algeria coach Halilhodzic

The Japan Football Association will make a formal offer to former Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic, a source confirmed on Friday. (Kyodo)

Softbank: Humanoid robot for software developers

All 300 units of a newly developed robot offered by major Japanese telecom operator Softbank have sold out. The human-like robot can talk and read human expressions. (NHK)

Kuroda: Deflationary mindset continues to wane

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda says expected wage hikes are weakening the country's deflationary mindset despite falling oil prices. (NHK)

Son kills mother and bites own tongue after calling police

Police in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, say a man in his 20s killed his 58-year-old mother, called 110 to admit what he had done and then bit his tongue, seriously injuring himself. (Japan Today)

KFC potato chips return to Japan this spring

Once again, Japanese snack company Calbee is teaming up with the world's most famous fast food fried chicken outfit. (Japan Today)

Aya Ueto is TV commercial queen for 2014

Aya Ueto, 29, was Japan's TV commercial queen for 2014, according to Video Research Co. The actress had the most air time in the Kanto, Kansai and other areas. (Japan Today)

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