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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

White goods shipments down 6.8% in June

Shipments of white goods fell 6.8 percent in June from a year earlier to ¥250.7 billion, down for the second straight month, an industry group said Tuesday. The drop reflected a continued decline in demand after a surge ahead of the consumption tax hike ...

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 22, 2014

Netflix tops 50 million subscribers as second-quarter earnings soar

Netflix’s second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time. The gains announced Monday include an additional 570,000 U.S. subscribers, slightly more than Netflix’s management predicted. The ...

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 20, 2014

Switzerland tops innovation rankings for fourth year

Switzerland has claimed the top spot on the Global Innovation Index for the fourth straight year while Sub-Saharan Africa “posted significant regional improvement.” The annual rankings, which this year focused on the role people play in the innovation process, found that Switzerland and other ...

Obama opens East Coast to sonic oil search surveys

Jul 19, 2014

Obama opens East Coast to sonic oil search surveys

The Obama administration is reopening the U.S. Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. Friday’s announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation ...

Jul 19, 2014

New Toyota minivan makes it easier to yell at kids

Toyota wants to help you scream at your unruly kids. The latest version of the company’s Sienna minivan has a feature called “Driver Easy Speak.” It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent’s voice through speakers in the back seats. Toyota says it ...