Marriott-Starwood merger to spark turf war in Japan

May 24, 2016

Marriott-Starwood merger to spark turf war in Japan

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For major Japanese hoteliers, the impending merger between Marriott International Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. signifies the opening of a cutthroat turf war with what will be the world’s largest hotel operator in their home territory. Marriott is poised to expand ...

Japanese firms jumping on 2020 Paralympics bandwagon

May 19, 2016

Japanese firms jumping on 2020 Paralympics bandwagon

As Tokyo prepares to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, an increasing number of Japanese companies are throwing their support behind athletes with disabilities. From hiring athletes to developing clothing for them, a wide range of firms are getting involved. Toyota Motor Corp., ...

May 17, 2016

Fujitsu to co-develop 3-D laser tech to assist gymnastics scoring

Fujitsu Ltd. and the Japan Gymnastics Association will jointly develop a system to help judge gymnastics using three-dimensional laser sensors and data processing technology. The move seeks to address the “extraordinarily rapid advance of gymnastic techniques,” which has made it sometimes “difficult to accurately ...

May 13, 2016

Jingu Stadium users, operator close to deal over 2020 eviction

Historic Jingu Stadium will be vacated for nearly three months for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics after the ballpark’s operator and its other regular users agreed in principle to a modified proposal from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizing committee on Friday. If the ...

Kiraly to coach U.S. women through 2020 Games

May 6, 2016

Kiraly to coach U.S. women through 2020 Games

In his short time running the women’s national team, coach Karch Kiraly has established a close-knit, family culture among his players off the court that has led to hard-nosed, successful volleyball on it. A gold medal-winning combination? To be determined. The top-ranked Americans are ...