Japan's electricity shake-up gives power to the people

| Mar 31, 2016

Japan's electricity shake-up gives power to the people

Japan’s electricity market receives a fundamental shake-up on Friday, with the introduction of greater competition for households and small businesses. Until now, regional utilities have monopolized supply. There will be some unfamiliar names among the new entrants, bringing with them a wide range of ...

Carl's Jr. betting on quality as it re-enters the Japanese market

Mar 2, 2016

Carl's Jr. betting on quality as it re-enters the Japanese market

With its return to Japan Friday after 19 years, U.S.-based hamburger chain Carl’s Jr. says it is confident it can penetrate the market amid increasing demand for better burgers. “We’re extremely confident about our brand and our business. We have a best-in-class menu platform ...

Life with Foxconn: What lies ahead for Sharp?

| Feb 25, 2016

Life with Foxconn: What lies ahead for Sharp?

Sharp’s choice of Hon Hai ends months of speculation and offers clear benefits in terms of a cash injection. But question marks hang over what will happen to Sharp’s workforce and management as the Taiwanese giant sets about turning around the firm. The cash ...

Cellphone cease-fire signals change

| Feb 22, 2016

Cellphone cease-fire signals change

The Japanese mobile phone industry recently came under fire from the government for using ambiguous price-setting schemes and excessive handset discounts that stole customers from rivals but penalized loyalty. This has prompted the three major carriers — NTT Docomo Inc., KDDI Corp. and SoftBank ...