'Newcomer,' 56, wins Kishida

May 26, 2015

'Newcomer,' 56, wins Kishida

by Nobuko Tanaka

Named after a prominent early 20th-century playwright, author and translator, and presented annually by the Hakusuisha publishing house since 1955, the Kishida Kunio Drama Award is indisputably Japan’s top honor for writers of plays premiered the year before. As the same person can only ...

SoftBank posts record profit, reveals potential successor

May 12, 2015

SoftBank posts record profit, reveals potential successor

SoftBank Corp. said Monday it posted a record group net profit for the fifth consecutive year last fiscal year and its top executive described a former Google Inc. executive as a possible successor to run the Japanese telecom giant in future. SoftBank’s group net ...

May 7, 2015

SoftBank to take 5% stake in Yamada Denki

Telecommunications giant SoftBank Corp. said Thursday it will acquire a 5 percent stake in electronics retailer Yamada Denki Co. for ¥22.76 billion. SoftBank is expected to become Yamada Denki’s fourth-largest shareholder after obtaining some 48.3 million outstanding Yamada Denki shares on May 25. SoftBank ...

Apple Watch debuts in Japan with little fanfare

Apr 24, 2015

Apple Watch debuts in Japan with little fanfare

by Andrew Mckirdy

The much-hyped Apple Watch went on sale to a muted fanfare Friday as shoppers came to terms with limited availability of the tech giant’s first wearable gadget. Global demand for the smartwatch has been so high that Apple decided to restrict initial sales to ...

Mar 25, 2015

India warns Uber, Ola over resuming taxi services

Authorities in New Delhi asked Uber Technologies Inc. and its Indian rival, Ola, on Tuesday to cease operations, saying that otherwise their applications for radio-taxi licences would not be processed, letters seen by Reuters show. India ordered a halt in December to operations of ...

An afterlife for man's best robot friend?

Feb 25, 2015

An afterlife for man's best robot friend?

Incense smoke wafts through the cold air of the centuries-old Buddhist temple as a priest chants a sutra, praying for the peaceful transition of the souls of the departed. It is a funeral like any other in Japan. Except that those being honored are ...