Jul 29, 2014

Zillow buying Trulia to build online real estate info titan

Zillow and Trulia, two companies that changed the way people shop for homes, are combining. Real estate website operator Zillow Inc. is buying its rival in a $3.5 billion deal that will make the biggest player in the online real estate information market. Zillow ...

RareJob aims to make 10 million English-speakers

Jul 10, 2014

RareJob aims to make 10 million English-speakers

RareJob Inc. hopes to attract as many as 10 million Japanese to its English classes, according to the president of the online education provider. “We want to offer services that enable everyone to speak English. We aim to become like a driving school, a ...

Jul 4, 2014

China's propaganda team orders media to take tough stance on Japan

China’s propaganda authorities have ordered its online media firms to take a tough stance on Japan following Tokyo’s historic decision this week to allow greater use of its armed forces in defending other countries, sources familiar with the situation said Friday. The directive says ...

Mar 28, 2014

Online babysitter dangers

Parents must take precautions when vetting potential babysitters, including insisting on recommendations and other verifiable evidence of suitable childcare qualifications.

No online trade for 23 OTC drugs

Nov 6, 2013

No online trade for 23 OTC drugs

The government says that under rules taking effect next spring, online sales of 23 drugs will be banned for three years after they move from prescription to over-the-counter status.

Online courses: Collegiate equalizer?

| Oct 28, 2013

Online courses: Collegiate equalizer?

by Mizuho Aoki

The latest trend in online education is taking the academic world by storm. From around 2011, a group of U.S. universities or professors launched start-ups to provide courses taken at elite universities free to anyone with Internet access. By signing on to a website ...

Smartphones drive surge in Net auctions, gripes

Oct 21, 2013

Smartphones drive surge in Net auctions, gripes

by Junji Yamaguchi

Japan’s online auction market has seen major growth in the past several years, driven by the popularity of smartphones and sellers seeking to offload secondhand goods. But the National Consumer Affairs Center has alerted consumers to take precautions against problems with the payment process ...

Farm-fresh produce delivery goes online

Oct 17, 2013

Farm-fresh produce delivery goes online

by Asako Takaguchi

A growing number of consumers are purchasing fresh vegetables and fruit online directly from farmers. Ayako Kakumoto, 36, a company employee from Tokyo’s Toshima Ward, began ordering vegetables six months ago on the My Farmer website operated by Tokyo-based mobile phone content developer Cybird ...