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Japan's smoking rate has dropped below 20 percent for the first time, according to a new survey, as a recent rise in cigarette prices helped to further discourage the habit.

The proportion of adult smokers stood at 19.7 percent as of May, down 1.2 percentage points from a year earlier…

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I-O Data is going to release USB memory for iPhone/iPad - iStick GH07B Series - manufactured by Gopod Tech, Chinese electronics company, in early September.

iStick GH07B has a lightning connecter and USB connector to directly insert to iPhone/iPad and transfer data to a PC. You can take out a…

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Walking through the fireworks rack at a store you can see various rickets and sparklers all decked out in loud colors and cartoon graphics promising the noisiest of evenings in the park. Given the nature of the product, it seems a reasonable marketing course to take.

However, surely there are…

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Japan must raise its sales tax again to conquer one of the world's heaviest public debt burdens, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday, as it called for deep economic reforms.

The recommendations, outlined in the Washington-based fund's annual country report, come several months after Tokyo ushered in its first sales…

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A Japanese judicial panel has recommended that three former executives of the utility that operates the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant face criminal charges over their role in the disaster.

A document released by the panel on Thursday showed it voted in favor of indicting Tsunehisa Katsumata, chairman of Tokyo Electric…

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The Consumer Affairs Agency has issued a warning to consumers to be careful when using topical coolant skin sprays after a number of cases in which people sustained serious burns after the spray ignited.

According to the agency, since April 2009, more than 100 cases in which spray cans exploded…

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Japanese men's life expectancy rose above 80 for the first time in 2013, but was still several years below that of their female counterparts, whose lifespan was the world's longest, figures released Thursday showed.

A Japanese boy born in 2013 can now expect to live 80.21 years, up from 79.94…

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Sony and Panasonic on Thursday posted quarterly profits as the pair try to put years of losses behind them, but analysts warned that the firms still had work to do in overhauling their bloated businesses.

Japan's electronics sector has been battered by fierce competition from lower-cost rivals, a shrinking domestic…

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An explosion caused by a gas leak in the southern Taiwanese city Kaohsiung has killed 15 people and injured another 243, Taiwanese media reported on Friday.

Smoke with a "gas-like smell" was seen coming out of drains in the streets before the explosion, Formosa TV and the China Times newspaper…

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