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 ...

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. ...