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News last month that Kirin Holdings Co. and Suntory Holdings Ltd. were discussing a merger shocked the domestic beverage industry for its sheer breadth: The deal would create a company with annual sales of ¥3.8 trillion, making it the world's fifth-largest drink and food conglomerate.


 
 
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NEW YORK, BCG - The crisis is transforming the global map of the world’s wealthiest people, with Europe nudging out North America as the richest region, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The report, titled Delivering on the Client Promise: Global Wealth 2009, is being released today.


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L.A. based shop Kitson, known as the stomping grounds of Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, has arrived in Japan. The first shop opened in the Lumine department store in Shinjuku on March 8th, the launch was marked by a huge fashion show the day before. Now on September 6th a second store in Harajuku opened to please its customers.


 
 
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The Japanese sense of aesthetic and sense of humour comes to fore despite the onset of flu season as well as the outbreak of the new flu (influenza virus). Manufacturers catering to the Japanese market have come up with different lines of designer flu masks and gauze mouth covers. Flu masks — that most fashionable accessory for hay fever sufferers and during influenza time has taken a turn for the kawaii, with cutesy pink lace masks and purple butterfly-design mouth covers.