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'Star Wars' goods hit shelves in Tokyo, Kobe

Apr 25, 2015

'Star Wars' goods hit shelves in Tokyo, Kobe

by Kazuaki Nagata

With the release of the seventh “Star Wars” installation looming in December, Toys “R” Us Japan Ltd. on Saturday opened dedicated in-store displays at its Odaiba and Kobe stores in an attempt to expand the fan base. “We launched this promotion because we’d like ...

Europe pushes Greece in bogged-down debt talks

Apr 25, 2015

Europe pushes Greece in bogged-down debt talks

European ministers heaped pressure on Greece on Friday to speed up negotiations to unblock critically needed bailout funds and avert a dangerous default, showing frustration after months of bogged down talks. The eurozone’s 19 finance ministers ended a meeting in Riga without a breakthrough ...

No trade breakthrough likely during Abe's U.S. visit: White House

Apr 25, 2015

No trade breakthrough likely during Abe's U.S. visit: White House

The White House on Friday dashed hopes of a breakthrough on U.S.-Japan trade when President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Washington next week, further delaying a major 12-nation Pacific trade pact. “We’re not there yet,” said Caroline Atkinson, Obama’s deputy ...

Apr 25, 2015

Ministry raises estimate for cost of nuclear power generation

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has raised its estimate for the cost of generating nuclear power to around ¥10 per kilowatt-hour, up by about ¥1, informed sources said Friday. The previous estimate was “at least ¥8.9,” the sources said. The revision was ...

| Apr 24, 2015

Nikkei falls back on profit-taking

Stocks snapped their three-day winning streak on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday, pressured by selling to lock in profits. The Nikkei 225 average shed 167.61 points, or 0.83 percent, to end at 20,020.04. On Thursday, the key market gauge rose 53.75. The Topix ...

Apr 24, 2015

Fast Retailing mulling delivery tie-up with Lawson

Fast Retailing Co., operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, is in talks with convenience store operator Lawson Inc. for a tie-up in delivery services, aiming to expand its sales network, company officials said Friday. Asia’s biggest clothing retailer would start a new service ...