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Tokyo's rooftop helipads remain unused

May 20, 2016

Tokyo's rooftop helipads remain unused

Tokyo’s Peninsula Hotel boasts a chauffeur-driven 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom, a celebrity podiatrist studio and an aviation lounge to whisk executives to and from its $1,000-a-night suites by helicopter. Since it opened in 2007, the rooftop helipad has never been used. The hotel is one ...

Apr 14, 2016

Japan Inc. faces biggest Abe-era profits drop on strong yen

For the past three years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could usually count on surging corporate earnings to back up the case that his policies were turning around Japan, but that is no more. Pretax profit at the biggest companies will drop about 10 percent ...

Cool Japan fund, shippers team up on cold storage facility in Vietnam

Oct 10, 2014

Cool Japan fund, shippers team up on cold storage facility in Vietnam

Shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. is taking the export drive called Cool Japan literally by helping to build a $15 million refrigerated storage facility in Vietnam. Japan’s third-largest shipping line and Japan Logistic System Corp. are teaming up with government-backed Cool Japan Fund ...

As yen gets weaker, consumers writhe

| Oct 3, 2014

As yen gets weaker, consumers writhe

The weakening yen is starting to squeeze Japanese consumers as prices rise for everything from Burgundy wine to instant noodles, threatening Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plans to revive the economy. The currency slid to ¥110 to the dollar on Oct. 1, the lowest level ...