Aug 21, 2014

Docomo to test paid Wi-Fi service geared to foreigners

NTT Docomo Inc. announced Wednesday that it’s launching a paid wireless Internet service geared to foreign visitors at its 150,000 Wi-Fi access points across Japan. Japan’s top mobile carrier will offer two plans on a trial basis starting Thursday. One costs ¥900 for a ...

Instant camera gets mojo back with cute focus, Korean push

Aug 14, 2014

Instant camera gets mojo back with cute focus, Korean push

Digital cameras and smartphones have become so pervasive that many people think film cameras are now fit only for antique collectors. Fujifilm Corp., however, is bucking the trend, successfully targeting young female consumers with its Instax instant camera series, better known as Cheki in ...

Future appears bright for indoor veggie farms

| Aug 11, 2014

Future appears bright for indoor veggie farms

A 1,260-sq.-meter factory in Kashiwanoha, Chiba Prefecture, is kept extremely clean, shutting out external air because it affects product quality, and workers wear clean-room suits and take a warm shower before entering the facility. What are they making there — semiconductors or some kind ...

Aug 8, 2014

Softbank sets first-quarter sales record of ¥1.99 trillion

SoftBank Corp. said Friday that it notched a first-quarter sales record of ¥1.99 trillion, thanks to its bold acquisition of U.S. telecom giant Sprint Corp. and other companies over the past year. Although that’s more than double what it logged in the same quarter ...

Sharp sales edge up 1.9% in first quarter

Aug 1, 2014

Sharp sales edge up 1.9% in first quarter

Sharp Corp. said Friday that sales and operating profit in the first quarter rose from the same period a year ago, thanks to continued streamlining and steady sales of LCD-related products that contributed toward its recovery. But due to special costs, including ¥14.3 billion ...

New store set to bring duty-free buyers to Ginza

Aug 1, 2014

New store set to bring duty-free buyers to Ginza

An airport terminal, duty-free shops and a department store chain are teaming up to open an airport-style duty-free store in Tokyo’s ritzy Ginza district. Japan Airport Terminal Co., NAA Retailing Corp. and Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. will open Japan Duty Free Ginza on the ...