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Mar 2, 2015

Cyfuse said to raise ¥1.4 billion for human tissue printing

Cyfuse Biomedical K.K., the Japanese developer of a 3-D printer that produces human tissue, has raised ¥1.4 billion ($11.8 million) from investors including robotic-limb maker Cyberdyne Inc., people familiar with the matter said. Cyfuse agreed to sell a stake to 12 domestic investors including ...

Mar 2, 2015

Annual report offers new clues about Buffett's successor

Billionaire Warren Buffett is proud of what he’s built as Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO over the past 50 years, but he’s also willing to admit making a few costly mistakes along the way. Buffett used his annual shareholder letter released Saturday to make the case ...

JR Kyushu to be fully privatized in fiscal 2016

Feb 27, 2015

JR Kyushu to be fully privatized in fiscal 2016

The government decided Friday to put Kyushu Railway Co. under full private ownership in fiscal 2016. The government decided to pursue full privatization because JR Kyushu has achieved good business results in the fields of real estate and hotels, the officials said. JR Kyushu ...

U.S. fast food chain Taco Bell to re-enter Japanese market

Feb 27, 2015

U.S. fast food chain Taco Bell to re-enter Japanese market

Taco Bell Corp., a major U.S. fast food chain, will reopen restaurants in Japan, joining forces with Asrapport Dining Co., a Japanese operator of restaurant franchises, the Japanese company announced Thursday. The first outlet is expected to open in central Tokyo by fall this ...

Court rules Sharp cannot monopolize Igzo brand name

Feb 26, 2015

Court rules Sharp cannot monopolize Igzo brand name

The Intellectual Property High Court in Tokyo has ruled that Sharp Corp., which markets display panel technology for smartphones and other devices under the Igzo brand name, does not have exclusive rights to the term. Sharp had sought the withdrawal of an earlier decision ...

Sony chief denies spinoffs mean immediate withdrawal

Feb 26, 2015

Sony chief denies spinoffs mean immediate withdrawal

Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai said on Wednesday the company would not immediately sell off businesses such as its TV and mobile phone units that it is spinning off. Last week , Hirai did not rule out the potential sale of those struggling units ...