Amazon tries 'selling' Cyber Monday

Dec 9, 2013

Amazon tries 'selling' Cyber Monday

by Jun Hongo

Leave it to the country’s online retail giant to create Japan’s version of America’s latest Christmas shopping spree. Amazon Japan on Monday launched a Cyber Monday campaign to boost holiday shopping, hoping the tradition takes root in Japan and creates a bonanza comparable with ...

For e-book sellers, tax hike distorts field

Dec 3, 2013

For e-book sellers, tax hike distorts field

Japanese publishers and distributors of electronic books are increasingly alarmed by the upcoming consumption tax hike in the absence of a system to tax e-books and other digital content purchased from overseas vendors such as the U.S.-based Internet giant Amazon.com Inc. and Japanese online ...

Amazon to deliver packages in U.S. via drones

Dec 2, 2013

Amazon to deliver packages in U.S. via drones

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed Sunday that his company is looking to the future with plans to use “octocopter” minidrones to fly small packages to consumers in just 30 minutes. The U.S. retail giant’s ambitious project still requires additional safety testing and federal approval, ...

Stores, Amazon go head-to-head for holidays

Dec 2, 2013

Stores, Amazon go head-to-head for holidays

This holiday shopping season in America, it’s Amazon versus everyone else. The online giant has attracted customers away from the likes of Wal-Mart and Best Buy with low prices and convenient shipping. Now physical stores are fighting back as the contest for customers heats ...

Sep 25, 2013

Amazon Japan begins online sales of OTC drugs, vitamins

Amazon Japan has begun online sales of over-the-counter drugs such as cold and digestive medicines, as well as vitamin supplements and other low-risk pharmaceutical products. The online retailer’s move came after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration lifted a ban on online drug sales as ...

Jul 19, 2013

Amazon deforestation up sharply, group says

Deforestation has soared in the Brazilian Amazon since a new forestry code was passed last year at the urging of the agribusiness lobby, a nonprofit environmental group said Thursday. Between August 2012 and last month, 1,838 sq. km of forest were lost, a 103 ...

Apple's e-book 'conspiracy' said violated antitrust law

Jul 11, 2013

Apple's e-book 'conspiracy' said violated antitrust law

A U.S. judge ruled Wednesday that Apple conspired to raise e-book prices, handing the tech giant a bruising loss that could ripple throughout the industry and force companies to rethink how they meet consumer demand for digital products. For 160 pages, U.S. District Judge ...

Jobs' role focus of Apple e-book trial

Jun 5, 2013

Jobs' role focus of Apple e-book trial

by Cecilia Kang

Apple’s late founder, Steve Jobs, was a key figure Monday in the Justice Department’s suit against the Silicon Valley giant for allegedly leading an illegal scheme to raise the prices of e-books. But the focus on Jobs’ role in conversations and deals made three ...