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Japan enters uncharted waters as emperor's abdication pondered

TOKYO Japan is moving to adopt a law allowing its octogenarian Emperor Akihito to abdicate but many touchy topics, such as his title and duties, remain to be settled before the monarch can retire in a step unprecedented for two centuries.

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Japan Air Commuter takes first ATR in quest for foreign tourists 20 Jan 2017

TOULOUSE, France, Jan 20 Japan Air Commuter (JAC) took delivery of its first European ATR turboprop airplane on Friday, gambling on attracting foreign tourists to a little-visited archipelago as Japan bids to place Amami and Ryukyu islands on UNESCO's World Heritage list.

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Heineken's Dutch courage on Brazil looks merited 20 Jan 2017

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Heineken hopes that Dutch courage will succeed where Japanese adventurism didn't. The beer company is in talks to buy the Brazilian unit of Kirin, and may pay $872 million, according to Japanese media. Landing a deal would give the company close to a 20 percent market share, still well behind dominant rival Anheuser-Busch InBev. The target is loss-making, but Heineken has reason to believe it could do a better job.

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Toshiba making preparations for sale of stake in chip business -sources 20 Jan 2017

TOKYO Japan's Toshiba Corp has begun preparations to sell a minority stake in its core chip business, people with knowledge of the matter said, as it urgently seeks funding to avoid being crippled by an upcoming multibillion-dollar writedown.

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Toshiba making preparations for sale of stake in chip business - sources 20 Jan 2017

TOKYO Japan's Toshiba Corp has begun preparations to sell a minority stake in its core chip business, people with knowledge of the matter said, as it urgently seeks funding to avoid being crippled by an upcoming multibillion-dollar writedown.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-Toshiba making preparations for sale of stake in chip business -sources 20 Jan 2017

* State-backed bank considers investment in chip business -sources