Chang-ran Kim

For Chang-ran Kim's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

May 14, 2015

Japan's top carmakers to expand Takata air bag recalls by millions

Japan’s three biggest carmakers are expanding a huge global recall triggered by potentially fatal air bags made by Takata Corp, saying on Wednesday they will take back millions of vehicles worldwide for investigation. Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co said they are recalling ...

'Conbini' coffee wins praise, profit for convenience stores

Oct 21, 2014

'Conbini' coffee wins praise, profit for convenience stores

“Conbini” (convenience store) operators are jostling for eminence in a famously cut-throat industry, and one product has come up trumps for the market’s top players — coffee. Millions and millions of cups of it. Inspired by a popular ¥100 blend launched by McDonald’s Holdings ...

Retailers scrambling to empty fat foreign wallets

May 21, 2014

Retailers scrambling to empty fat foreign wallets

In graying Japan, retailers are waking up to a hot new demographic: foreign visitors. Driven by government tourism promotions and lately a weaker yen, the number of inbound travelers has quietly doubled in the past decade to top 10 million for the first time ...

Japan's working poor left behind by 'Abenomics'

May 18, 2014

Japan's working poor left behind by 'Abenomics'

Last Christmas Eve, Ririko Saito and her 11-year-old daughter gathered some plastic bottles, pots and a kettle and made several trips to a nearby park to get water. Their utility had just turned off the tap after months of unpaid bills. “I was going ...