Monami Yui

For Monami Yui's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

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 ...

Pachinko firm scores with iPhone-cracking digital forensics unit

Apr 22, 2016

Pachinko firm scores with iPhone-cracking digital forensics unit

The hackers at Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization Ltd., the forensics unit of a little-known Japanese pinball company, are fast becoming the go-to guys when law enforcement needs to unlock smartphones. Its group chief has plans to keep the firm on the front lines against terrorism. ...

China's foreign condom frenzy gives low-libido Japan an economic boost

Jan 25, 2016

China's foreign condom frenzy gives low-libido Japan an economic boost

In Japan, sex-drives have plunged so low that young, libido-challenged men are sometimes referred to as soshokukei danshi, or herbivore men. Think that’s harsh, then consider local condom maker Sagami Rubber Industries Co., battling a shrinking, aging and now increasingly frigid Japanese clientele. It’s ...

Aug 31, 2015

Sumitomo Mitsui zeros in on U.S. 'fintech' sector

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc.’s credit card unit is zeroing in on investments in the U.S. financial-technology sector, as Japan plays catchup to other developed economies in electronic payments. Over the past two years, Sumitomo Mitsui Card Co. met with more than 500 U.S. ...

Pricy beef bowls show how to beat deflation

Jun 12, 2015

Pricy beef bowls show how to beat deflation

Restaurants, food producers and retailers are among a small but growing number of companies doing what few managed for long during Japan’s lost decades: raising prices. From beef bowl chain Matsuya Foods Co. to supermarket and convenience store operator Seven & I Holdings Co., ...