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Firms revamp menus to tap fruit of Abe's 'womenomics' pledge

Sep 24, 2014

Firms revamp menus to tap fruit of Abe's 'womenomics' pledge

While pundits ponder whether women will answer Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s call to join the workforce, businesses are betting on an increase in demand for pizza and wine. Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd. is giving its menu designs a feminine makeover and Suntory Holdings Ltd. ...

USJ touts wizardry of Harry Potter to win Japan casino partners

Aug 12, 2014

USJ touts wizardry of Harry Potter to win Japan casino partners

As Japan edges toward legalizing gambling resorts, USJ Co. is counting on its cachet turning around its Universal Studios theme park to win a partnership with a foreign casino operator. The operator of Osaka’s 13-year-old Universal Studios Japan is in talks with MGM Resorts ...

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.

Rakuten exec takes action to help moms

Jun 30, 2014

Rakuten exec takes action to help moms

Mie Kurosaka, Rakuten Inc.’s first female executive, returned to work at Japan’s biggest online mall operator only three weeks after giving birth in 2002. Now, as one of Rakuten’s four top female executives, the 47-year-old who oversees corporate social responsibility is pushing to have ...

Dealers hedge their bets on Abe's casino plan

Jun 30, 2014

Dealers hedge their bets on Abe's casino plan

For trainee dealer Taichi Yahagi, the odds of making a better living turning cards at a baccarat table in Tokyo are looking up. The 41-year-old tutor paid about $5,000 for a three-month course at the Japan Casino School, betting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will ...

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, ...