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Shusuke Murai

Shusuke Murai was born in Japan and spent his teen years in central Ohio. He graduated from New York University with a M.A. in Communication. His interests include the activities of virtual communities, intercultural interactions in the information society and futuristic gadgets.

For Shusuke Murai's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Sony about to get its groove back, CEO Kazuo Hirai says

/ May 23, 2017

Sony about to get its groove back, CEO Kazuo Hirai says

After five years of restructuring by Sony Corp., Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai said Tuesday he is confident the once-dominant electronics giant will see an operating profit of ¥500 billion, the largest in two decades, in the current business year. “Achieving such a high ...

Nissan predicts 19% profit drop on strong yen

/ May 11, 2017

Nissan predicts 19% profit drop on strong yen

Nissan Motor Co. announced Thursday that it forecasts a 19 percent profit drop for the current business year through March 2018, echoing gloomy forecasts given earlier by two other Japanese auto giants — Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. Nissan said it estimates ...

Amazon launches same-day delivery service for food and medicine

Apr 19, 2017

Amazon launches same-day delivery service for food and medicine

As delivery firms struggle to manage overwhelming numbers of parcels, e-commerce giant Amazon Japan G.K. is expanding its same-day Prime Now delivery service to include cooked meals and other items. Amazon Japan said Tuesday it teamed up with Mitsukoshi’s flagship store in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi ...

Home delivery firms strain under e-commerce load

Apr 16, 2017

Home delivery firms strain under e-commerce load

Amanda used to work part-time for major delivery firm Yamato Transport Co., helping out during Japan’s busy traditional gift-sending seasons in summer and winter. But not anymore. “It was just too hard,” she said. “Drivers are not robots. They are human beings. But people ...