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Amazon takes on Alibaba from Japan with Chinese-language website

Aug 1, 2016

Amazon takes on Alibaba from Japan with Chinese-language website

Just before the stores open in Tokyo’s Akihabara electronics district, buses pull up, unleashing Chinese tourists and their credit cards to snap up televisions, rice cookers and other gadgets. Walk into any department store and there they are, buying mascara, T-shirts and other merchandise. ...

Shoppers tighten purse strings, making Japan retailers see red

Jul 8, 2016

Shoppers tighten purse strings, making Japan retailers see red

Japan’s discount-seeking shoppers drove some retailers into the red last quarter as an uncertain economic outlook persuaded consumers to tighten their purse strings. Supermarkets and clothing stores will probably cut prices more to spur sluggish sales, which caused Aeon Co., the nation’s biggest retailer ...

Asahi eyes U.S. beer expansion with ¥400 billion war chest

May 23, 2016

Asahi eyes U.S. beer expansion with ¥400 billion war chest

Asahi Group Holdings Ltd., the brewer that’s buying European brands from Anheuser-Busch InBev NV worth $2.9 billion, is now pursuing deals in the U.S. that would help boost distribution of its Super Dry beer in the world’s largest economy. Tokyo-based Asahi is willing to ...

Sony CEO aims to build on recovery with Toshiba sensor deal

Oct 26, 2015

Sony CEO aims to build on recovery with Toshiba sensor deal

Sony Corp. is looking to expand on its dominant position in making the chips used to capture smartphone pictures, as President Kazuo Hirai makes progress in his turnaround effort at the struggling consumer electronics maker. The company is in talks with Toshiba Corp. to ...

Sony developing 1,000-pictures-a-second sensor

Sep 7, 2015

Sony developing 1,000-pictures-a-second sensor

Sony Corp. built a dominant position in image sensors by helping people take high-quality photos with smartphones. Now, the company is focusing on sensors that take photos at least 10 times faster than the human eye can see. The company is working with Nissan ...

Jul 30, 2015

Sharp's quarterly smartphone stumble seen paring annual outlook

Sharp Corp.’s expected first-quarter loss may deepen skepticism that demand for smartphone displays will fuel a recovery strong enough to meet its full-year profit target. The company on Friday will probably post an operating loss of ¥19.4 billion for the three months ended June ...