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| Sep 11, 2014

Nikkei hits eight-month closing high

The Nikkei 225 average extended its winning streak to a fourth session to finish Thursday at its highest level in some eight months, boosted by purchases on the back of the yen’s further decline against the dollar. The key market gauge ended 120.42 points ...

Sep 11, 2014

Apple Watch 'too feminine,' says LVMH's head of luxury watches

Apple’s long-awaited smartwatch looks “too feminine” and its design will not stand the test of time, luxury giant LVMH’s watch guru has told German media. Jean-Claude Biver, who heads the French group’s luxury-watch division, said the U.S. tech titan had made “some fundamental mistakes” ...

Japan's 'apple watch': a-peeling to core fans

Sep 11, 2014

Japan's 'apple watch': a-peeling to core fans

Manufacturing finesse, precision craftsmanship and a love of all things quirky have produced the apple watch — Japan’s real-life version. Japanese Twitter user Hiromichi Shoji, who goes by the username @sinomoritsukasa, carved a big red fruit into a classic wristwatch soon after the U.S. ...

Sep 11, 2014

Ajinomoto to acquire U.S. frozen foods maker Windsor

Ajinomoto Co. said Wednesday it will acquire U.S. frozen food maker Windsor Quality Holdings LP for about $800 million (about ¥84 billion) in a bid to increase its presence in the vast North American market. A U.S. subsidiary of Ajinomoto, known widely as the ...

Sep 10, 2014

Benesse to revamp data security after massive data leak

The Benesse group on Wednesday outlined its new data security setup, which the company says will bolster customer information protection after it was embroiled in Japan’s biggest-ever data theft. Benesse Holdings Inc. and its group company Benesse Corp. said they will send a ¥500 ...