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Hotel chain trains more female 'ryokan' chiefs

Aug 29, 2016

Hotel chain trains more female 'ryokan' chiefs

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In view of the increasing number of foreign visitors to Japan, Fujita Kanko Inc., a Tokyo-based hotel chain, is stepping up efforts to train female staff in providing service in the style of okami at Japanese ryokan (inns). The okami is the chief female ...

Mitsubishi Regional Jet aborts flight to U.S. for second time

Aug 28, 2016

Mitsubishi Regional Jet aborts flight to U.S. for second time

A passenger jet being developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. aborted its second attempt to head to the United States on Sunday when an air conditioning problem that thwarted its first bid reoccurred. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, which has been mired in a series of ...

IPhone ready to play catch-up in Japan with swipe-to-pay chips

Aug 26, 2016

IPhone ready to play catch-up in Japan with swipe-to-pay chips

Apple Inc. is planning a new iPhone feature for Japan that will let people pay for mass-transit rides with their smartphones instead of physical payment cards. A future iPhone will include technology called FeliCa, a mobile tap-to-pay standard in Japan developed by Sony Corp., ...

Aug 25, 2016

Sony to launch virtual reality video service in Japan

Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. will start video service for virtual-reality devices as early as this year in partnership with U.S. content provider Little Star Media Inc., the Japanese firm said Wednesday. The new service’s content will include some 7,000 items of news and ...

Aug 23, 2016

Sony, Tepco may bring internet of things into homes

Sony Corp. and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. are considering teaming up to offer household services based on so-called internet of things technology, subsidiaries of the two firms said Tuesday. Under the envisaged partnership, Sony Mobile Communications Inc. and Tepco Energy Partner Inc. ...

Aug 23, 2016

Sharp's new chief says reforms to include results-based pay

The new president of Sharp Corp., Tai Jeng-wu, on Monday revealed details of his plans for the struggling electronics maker, including pledging full-fledged structural reforms. Tai, also the No. 2 man of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., which acquired a majority stake in ...