Kazuaki Nagata

For Kazuaki Nagata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Star Wars' goods hit shelves in Tokyo, Kobe

Apr 25, 2015

'Star Wars' goods hit shelves in Tokyo, Kobe

With the release of the seventh “Star Wars” installation looming in December, Toys “R” Us Japan Ltd. on Saturday opened dedicated in-store booths at its Odaiba and Kobe stores in an attempt to expand the fan base. “We launched this promotion because we’d like ...

Sony unveils flagship Xperia Z4 smartphone in Japan

Apr 20, 2015

Sony unveils flagship Xperia Z4 smartphone in Japan

Sony Corp. unveiled the latest version of its flagship smartphone on Monday, with the product set to debut in Japan this summer. The new Xperia Z4, which is the upgraded model of the current flagship Xperia Z3 handset, has improved camera and digital-effect image ...

Singapore firm Quoine sees bitcoin being big in Japan

Apr 3, 2015

Singapore firm Quoine sees bitcoin being big in Japan

Many Japanese may be skeptical about the encrypted currency bitcoin due to last year’s Mt. Gox fiasco, but a Singapore-based venture sees a big opportunity in fostering a bitcoin market in Japan. “When we thought about it, Japan is the third-biggest economy in the ...

Mar 31, 2015

Fujifilm to acquire U.S. biotech company

Fujifilm Co. said Monday it will buy a U.S.-based developer of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to strengthen its position in the field of regenerative medicine field, especially new drug development. Fujifilm said the firm has agreed with Cellular Dynamics International Inc. (CDI) to ...

Akihabara outfit aims to become a hub for hardware startups

Mar 27, 2015

Akihabara outfit aims to become a hub for hardware startups

Clustered electronics stores, maid cafes and the home of idol group AKB48 — Tokyo’s Akihabara district is famous for many things. And the list of unique spots may get even longer, as the district now has a large-scale facility for hardware startups to create ...

Otsuka Kagu familial feud nears climax

Mar 25, 2015

Otsuka Kagu familial feud nears climax

A battle between the founder of Otsuka Kagu Ltd. and its current president, who also happen to be father and daughter, is expected to turn into a proxy fight at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting scheduled for Friday, with the result deciding the fate ...