Naoto Fukasawa: Between craft and design

Feb 25, 2017

Naoto Fukasawa: Between craft and design

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Naoto Fukasawa is probably best known internationally for his designs for Muji, in particular for the wall-mounted CD player he created in 1999, which was featured in Gary Hustwit’s popular 2009 documentary “Objectified.” Now he remains a creative adviser for Muji, while still designing ...

Nov 6, 2016

Ministry to stiffen curbs on smartphone discounts

A panel appointed by the communications ministry will call for bolstering guidelines aimed at preventing excessive discounts for smartphones, it has been learned. The proposal on Monday will stress that better standards are needed to check whether consumers are being charged legitimate fees, a ...

Oct 8, 2016

Japan punishes three firms over predatory smartphone discounts

Japan’s communications ministry imposed administrative penalties on three phone service providers on Friday for offering excessive discounts to customers buying smartphones. The ministry gave NTT Docomo Inc., KDDI Corp. and SoftBank Corp. until the end of this month to report measures to end the ...

Softbank, KDDI strike back at low-cost smartphone rivals

/ Aug 16, 2016

Softbank, KDDI strike back at low-cost smartphone rivals

Mobile carriers SoftBank Group Corp. and KDDI Corp. are hitting back at low-cost providers with competitive rates under their group brands. Newcomers to the rapidly expanding low-cost smartphone service market include retail giant Aeon Co. and online retailer Rakuten Inc. They use networks leased ...

Jul 1, 2016

Broadband to get faster via Japan-Oregon cable

An undersea cable backed by Google and Asian companies aimed at boosting trans-Pacific broadband was put into service on Thursday, the consortium announced. The 5,600-mile (9,000-km) FASTER Cable System is aimed at meeting the growing demand for broadband Internet connections between North America and ...