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Convenience store giants leave smaller rivals in dust

Jul 22, 2014

Convenience store giants leave smaller rivals in dust

Major convenience store chains are racing to expand their networks around the country while their smaller rivals fall behind. Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Lawson Inc. and FamilyMart Co. each passed the 10,000 mark for domestic stores by the end of May. Seven-Eleven, a unit of ...

Jul 22, 2014

Hitachi shows full-size train models in London

Hitachi Ltd. showed full-size models of its AT-100 and AT-200 train cars being developed for the British market to railway operators and the media on Monday. The AT-100 is mainly designed to meet the needs of operational conditions and requirements in metropolitan areas, while ...

Jul 20, 2014

Ricoh cancels transfer orders for 100 workers

Ricoh Co. plans to cancel job transfer orders for some 100 employees who refused to apply for early retirement, sources said Saturday. Some of the employees have filed lawsuits, asking a court to confirm that they have no obligation to agree to be transferred. ...

Jul 18, 2014

Matsuya to launch 'premium' beef bowl in de facto price hike

Matsuya Foods Co., operator of the Matsuya beef bowl chain, has announced it will launch a more expensive premium version of its mainstay dish on Tuesday that will eliminate the regular version in the Kanto region. A regular serving of the premium product will ...

Jul 18, 2014

Softbank picks Google's Arora to head Internet business unit

SoftBank Corp., the wireless carrier led by billionaire Masayoshi Son, has hired Google Inc.’s Nikesh Arora to help steer its global expansion. Arora will join as vice chairman in October after nearly a decade at Google, including time as the search company’s chief business ...

Line said to pursue U.S. IPO with confidential filing to SEC

Jul 18, 2014

Line said to pursue U.S. IPO with confidential filing to SEC

Line Corp., operator of Japan’s most popular mobile messaging service, filed confidentially for an initial offering in the United States, people with knowledge of the matter said, taking a step closer to a dual-listing in New York and Tokyo. Morgan Stanley is managing the ...

Jul 18, 2014

Ailing Fujitsu seen looking to sell chip units to Taiwanese, U.S. firms

In another development of the fast decline in Japan’s semiconductor industry, struggling electronics manufacturer Fujitsu Ltd. is in talks with Taiwanese and U.S. companies on the sale of its semiconductor plants in Mie and Fukushima prefectures, NHK reported Friday. Fujitsu and Taiwanese semiconductor maker ...

Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

Jul 17, 2014

Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

by Kazuaki Nagata

New mobile phone entrant Ymobile Corp. unveiled monthly fixed-price service plans Thursday that include voice calling and Internet access to woo newcomers to smartphones with simpler and cheaper contracts. The SoftBank subsidiary, launched in June in a merger with eAccess, which runs Emobile, and ...

Yahoo launches online death-planning service

Jul 17, 2014

Yahoo launches online death-planning service

by Atsushi Kodera

The Internet has made it easier to plan everything from travel and weddings to careers. Now it is helping people prepare for what they may be the most reluctant to face: death. Yahoo Japan Corp. this week launched the service Yahoo Ending (ending.yahoo.co.jp), a ...