Monami Yui

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

Japan firms to see sales peak over new Mountain Day holiday

Aug 10, 2016

Japan firms to see sales peak over new Mountain Day holiday

As Japanese prepare to head for the hills Thursday for the nation’s inaugural Mountain Day holiday, retailers and tour operators are gearing up for an  ¥820 billion windfall. They’re counting on customers like schoolteacher Ayako Kobayashi. The 33-year-old spent more than $700 on a ...

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 ...