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Japan's business gift culture says it with orchids

Feb 2, 2017

Japan's business gift culture says it with orchids

In Japanese business celebrations, there’s one thing you’ll almost always see: orchids. Pots of the exotic flowers, which often sell for about ¥20,000 ($176), will be there in a newly appointed president’s office, at the entrance of a company that just finished its initial ...

Oct 25, 2016

Boardroom ghosts suddenly under scrutiny at Japanese firms

For as far back as people can remember, they’ve been there in boardrooms across Japan, the lingering ghosts of past regimes. They are the former presidents and executives who stick around for years in adviser roles after their stint at the top has finished. ...

The Tinder for Japan's aging CEOs posts a 1,170% stock gain

Aug 3, 2016

The Tinder for Japan's aging CEOs posts a 1,170% stock gain

When Masao Takeuchi signed away the company he’d spent 25 years building from scratch, one of his biggest feelings was relief. Takeuchi quit a plush job at Hitachi Ltd. when he was 35 to start a firm that writes computer programs for Japan’s blue-chips. ...

Traders chasing Pokemon now battle over Nintendo's value

Jul 21, 2016

Traders chasing Pokemon now battle over Nintendo's value

After investors pushed up Nintendo Co. shares with a fervor only matched by gamers chasing Pikachu, traders are now locking horns over how much the high-flying stock is worth. Bears have boosted short interest in Nintendo to its highest in five months after the ...

Cookpad's maverick founder stirs recipe for unrest

May 20, 2016

Cookpad's maverick founder stirs recipe for unrest

A spat is rocking one of Japan’s most popular Internet companies after the founder moved to kick out the board, enraging staff and sending shares tumbling. Akimitsu Sano, who owns 44 percent of Cookpad Inc., shocked investors in January by calling on them to ...