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Real estate firm plans Airbnb rentals amid tourism boom

Jul 28, 2016

Real estate firm plans Airbnb rentals amid tourism boom

Star Mica Co., a Tokyo-listed real-estate company founded by an ex-Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker, plans to double returns from apartments, using Airbnb to house foreign tourists. The company owns about 2,500 apartments mostly in Tokyo, and is considering renting some of them to ...

Crowdfunding helps revive quake-hit small businesses in Japan

Jan 27, 2015

Crowdfunding helps revive quake-hit small businesses in Japan

When an 18-meter tsunami demolished his soy sauce factories in 2011 and killed an employee, Michihiro Kono despaired about the future of the company his family founded two centuries ago. Three years later, his plants are running again and sales have recovered to about ...

/ Jul 31, 2014

Loan funds lure companies missing out on Abe rebound

As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stimulus helps push banks’ lending rates under 1 percent, funds are targeting a debt market paying 10 times that. Japanese banks have cut loans to smaller companies as global regulations get tougher, while a government crackdown on excessive interest ...