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App to let men test sperm count at home

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Infertility is a growing concern in rapidly depopulating Japan. But it is often seen as a women’s problem, even though both sexes can be to blame. A Tokyo company is trying to change that by marketing a kit that allows men to check their semen quality easily and in the ...

Top companies move to hire more foreign employees

May 1, 2016

Top companies move to hire more foreign employees

Japan’s top companies are increasingly moving to give foreign people permanent contracts, judging that the benefits of diversification are well worth the challenges. Among them is convenience store chain Lawson Inc., which has awarded between 10 and 30 percent of its graduate positions to ...

May 1, 2016

Germany looks to export reactor decommissioning technologies

Germany may become an exporter of technologies to decommission reactors in the future given the experience gained after its phasing out of nuclear energy, German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said in a recent interview with Kyodo News. Germany believes it may be able to ...

Examining 'Industry 4.0' opportunities

| Apr 29, 2016

Examining 'Industry 4.0' opportunities

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“Industry 4.0,” or the fourth industrial revolution, can offer both opportunities and risks for the Japanese economy. It is a term to describe the future state of the economy, particularly manufacturing, based on the connectivity of everything, or the “Internet of Things” (IoT). This ...

Comcast to pay $3.55 billion to buy DreamWorks Animation

Apr 29, 2016

Comcast to pay $3.55 billion to buy DreamWorks Animation

Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation, the film company behind the “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda” franchises, for approximately $3.55 billion, strengthening its presence in the important and growing business of children’s entertainment. DreamWorks stockholders will receive $41 for each share they own. That’s ...

Apr 28, 2016

Surge in foreign visitors boosts profits of ANA, JAL in fiscal 2015

Robust demand from foreign travelers to Japan boosted profits of the country’s two major airlines in fiscal 2015, according to their earnings reports released Thursday. ANA Holdings Inc. reported a record group net profit of ¥78.17 billion ($723 million) for the year through March ...