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Sony to offer commercial drone services from 2016

Aug 24, 2015

Sony to offer commercial drone services from 2016

Sony Corp. plans to offer commercial drone services targeting the construction, logistics and agriculture industries from the first half of next year. The company is making drones that can fly over a predetermined geographical area and take high definition footage that will be uploaded ...

Aug 22, 2015

3,234 Sharp employees apply for voluntary retirement program

Sharp Corp. said Friday that 3,234 employees have applied for its voluntary retirement program. The figure fell below the 3,500 voluntary retirements that the struggling major consumer electronics maker had targeted. The company will log costs of about ¥24.3 billion ($200 million) for the ...

Activist investor Murakami loses Kuroda Electric proxy fight

Aug 21, 2015

Activist investor Murakami loses Kuroda Electric proxy fight

Yoshiaki Murakami failed to win approval for his plan to get seats on Kuroda Electric Co.’s board. The activist investor’s proposal to appoint himself and three others as outside directors at the electronics trading company was defeated with about 60 percent of shareholders voting ...

Aug 21, 2015

Toyota to add 1,400 workers for new Prius and Land Cruiser

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to add about 1,400 workers at factories in Japan as the automaker ramps up production of Prius hybrids and Land Cruiser SUVs, people familiar with the matter said. The company’s Tsutsumi and Tahara plants are hiring to begin output of ...

Aug 21, 2015

Sapporo to test-market Japan-made wines in Singapore

Sapporo Beer Co. said Thursday it will sell its Japan-made wines at shops in Singapore from September on a trial basis to analyze demand there as the company eyes entry into the Southeast Asian market. Sapporo Beer, a group firm of Sapporo Holdings Ltd., ...

Aug 20, 2015

FamilyMart, Uny may put off business integration accord

Retailers FamilyMart Co. and Uny Group Holdings Co. are mulling putting off the conclusion of a basic accord on their planned business integration to September or later, it was learned on Thursday. This is because Uny’s work to draw up measures to shore up ...

Gundam-shaped tofu to go on sale Friday

Aug 20, 2015

Gundam-shaped tofu to go on sale Friday

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Sagamiya Foods Co., known for producing Gundam robot-shaped tofu, will put the latest of its unusual tofu series on store shelves Friday. About two years after the last Gundam tofu hit the market, the Gunma Prefecture-based tofu-maker on Thursday unveiled its new tofu whose ...

Aug 20, 2015

Toyota, steel makers agree to cut sheet prices

Toyota Motor Corp. and major steel makers have agreed to lower prices for steel sheet for the April-September period from the previous six months, marking the first price cut in a year, industry sources said Thursday. Toyota and the steel makers, including Nippon Steel ...