Tax-free account seeks to spur investment

| Oct 15, 2013

Tax-free account seeks to spur investment

Starting in January, individuals who invest in stocks and investment trusts in a Nippon Individual Savings Account will be eligible for tax exemptions of up to five years on their financial gains. The new instrument is aimed at getting people used to accumulating financial ...

Mizuho admits four execs knew of yakuza loans

Oct 5, 2013

Mizuho admits four execs knew of yakuza loans

Mizuho Bank has admitted that at least four of its executives, including two former deputy presidents, knew that it was lending money to underworld and other “antisocial” groups and that it neither stopped nor sought to hold management responsible. Among the four, an unnamed ...

Ebizo rethinks kabuki's strategy

Oct 3, 2013

Ebizo rethinks kabuki's strategy

In the glitzy and gossipy world of Japanese celebrity, hardly a week goes by without revelations being made about — or made by — Ichikawa Ebizo XI. For years, the charismatic young star of the kabuki world has never long been out of the ...

German band to feature at Oktoberfest

Oct 3, 2013

German band to feature at Oktoberfest

In Japan, Oktoberfest tends to be a year-round celebration. Beer companies here will hold the traditional German party whenever they feel like a break. This month (or maybe we should say, this week) it’s Yokohama’s turn. Yokohama Oktoberfest, which has been held every year ...

IT startup barters its way into niche

Oct 2, 2013

IT startup barters its way into niche

At around noon on a recent weekday, the Roppongi branch of Shamrock by Abbot Choice, a Tokyo-based Irish-style pub chain, had a bustling lunchtime crowd. Koichiro Tawa reached for a menu and ordered a hamburger special — with melting cheese, a green salad and ...