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Feb 13, 2017

Trump-Abe rapport won't stop yen from passing 100, JPMorgan says

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s success in avoiding any clash over exchange rates with U.S. President Donald Trump at a summit meeting hasn’t resolved underlying conflict, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. “We continue to think politics will be a main driver for dollar-yen this ...

Micro M&A advisers riding population trends to success

Feb 13, 2017

Micro M&A advisers riding population trends to success

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Boutique advisers specializing in micro mergers and acquisitions for mostly family-run firms are enjoying a boom as the aging, shrinking population puts the squeeze on Japan’s small business landscape. There are no industrywide figures for deals between ¥500 million and ¥1 billion, but boutique ...

Aided by apps, audiobooks market grows in Japan

Feb 13, 2017

Aided by apps, audiobooks market grows in Japan

The use of audiobooks is increasing steadily in Japan, providing a boon to the publishing industry, which is facing declining sales of ordinary books. Audiobooks already account for 10 percent of book sales in the United States and Europe. In the U.S., audiobooks, which ...

Bad luck seems to jinx 1790s Putney General Store

Feb 13, 2017

Bad luck seems to jinx 1790s Putney General Store

The Putney General Store, established in the 1790s, is having a devil of a time staying open in its fourth century. Just don’t call it cursed. Efforts to keep it thriving have been challenged over the past nine years by two fires, one of ...