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 ...

Mos Burger debuts 14-layer sandwich at Tokyo Tower

Mar 13, 2015

Mos Burger debuts 14-layer sandwich at Tokyo Tower

Visitors to Tokyo Tower now have the chance to stuff themselves with a sky-scraper of a burger. Mos Food Services Inc., the operator of Mos Burger fast-food outlets, introduced its new Tokyo Tower Burger on Friday, and it’s only available at the Mos Burger ...

Vaio Phone to offer SIM-free option in 'wide open' market

Mar 12, 2015

Vaio Phone to offer SIM-free option in 'wide open' market

Japan Communications Inc. unveiled on Thursday a new smartphone designed in collaboration with Vaio Corp. to energize the market for SIM-free smartphones in Japan. The Vaio Phone will debut March 20, according to the Tokyo-based mobile virtual network operator that borrows mobile communication networks ...