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Calbee jumps on breakfast boom

Jul 5, 2014

Calbee jumps on breakfast boom

Potato chip maker Calbee targets yogurt makers and food companies as it diversifies from snacks to Western-style breakfasts for Japan’s modernizing workforce.

H.I.S. eyes island off theme park for casino

Apr 22, 2014

H.I.S. eyes island off theme park for casino

H.I.S. Co.'s Dutch-themed Huis Ten Bosch amusement park along the Nagasaki coast is considering buying a deserted offshore island in an expansion to boost its appeal as a possible site for a casino resort.

Kirin looks to hike stake in San Miguel Brewery

Feb 14, 2014

Kirin looks to hike stake in San Miguel Brewery

Kirin Holdings Co. said it is interested in raising its stake in San Miguel Brewery Inc. Kirin, which holds about 48 percent of the Philippine beermaker, would weigh boosting its stake in the brewer if offered, President Senji Miyake said at a news conference ...

JT seeks smokeless product tie-ups

Oct 7, 2013

JT seeks smokeless product tie-ups

Japan Tobacco Inc. plans to expand its range of smokeless tobacco products and is looking at tie-ups or acquisitions as consumers demand alternatives and regulations tighten worldwide. “There are many ways to enjoy tobacco, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be cigarettes,” Akira Saeki, ...

7-Eleven wizard, 80, to take on U.S.

Jul 30, 2013

7-Eleven wizard, 80, to take on U.S.

Over the past 39 years, Toshifumi Suzuki has expanded 7-Eleven to 50,000 outlets, more than any other retail chain. Now, at the age of 80, he says he has no interest in retiring. He’s got too much work to do. “I’m not thinking about ...

Rising cost of imports opens doors for craft beer revival

Jun 11, 2013

Rising cost of imports opens doors for craft beer revival

Naoyuki Ide is betting that a weaker yen will drive more Japanese people to drink his locally made craft beers. The president of Yo-Ho Brewing Co. is boosting production capacity at the microbrewery in Nagano by 50 percent this year as he anticipates the ...

Apr 6, 2012

Lawson in talks to buy China store operators

Lawson Inc., the nation’s second-largest convenience-store chain, is in talks to buy at least three chains in China in its first overseas acquisition as the company looks to faster growing markets to increase sales. “There will be a huge opportunity to acquire businesses in ...

BOJ board concerned strong yen 'taking root'

Sep 15, 2011

BOJ board concerned strong yen 'taking root'

Bank of Japan Policy Board member Ryuzo Miyao said Wednesday the central bank is ready to take “appropriate” action as needed to support the economy amid worries that the yen will stay strong. “An area of concern is that the strong yen is taking ...