Chinese flee H.K. to shop in Japan and  South Korea

Mar 20, 2015

Chinese flee H.K. to shop in Japan and South Korea

Chinese tourists are rapidly deserting Hong Kong, leaving retailers who built businesses around once insatiable demand from mainland neighbors with bigger but emptier stores and squeezing the whole city’s visitor-dependent economy. With cross-border tensions exacerbated by pro-democracy Hong Kong protests, tour groups visiting Hong ...

Mar 6, 2015

Retailers boosting their ability to take online orders

Major retail groups such as Seven & I Holdings Co. plan to beef up their online operations to meet growing demand. As the nation’s demographics shift and more women enter the workforce, demand for Internet ordering and home delivery is “expanding rapidly,” according to ...

Fukushima fears no longer a drag on tourism

Mar 5, 2015

Fukushima fears no longer a drag on tourism

by Anne Beade

The 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster laid waste to Japan’s tourism industry even as it left the Tohoku coastline in ruins, killed thousands and sparked the worst nuclear crisis in a generation. But four years later, tourism is bouncing back, shattering expectations on visitor ...

Somalia extremists call for attacks on Western shopping malls

Feb 23, 2015

Somalia extremists call for attacks on Western shopping malls

A video purported to be by Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries. U.S. authorities said there was “no credible” evidence suggesting a U.S. mall attack was in the works. The ...

Visa to fight fraud with apps

Feb 14, 2015

Visa to fight fraud with apps

The days of calling your bank to tell them that yes, you really are in Thailand and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs may be coming to an end. The payment-processing company Visa will roll out a ...

Jan 23, 2015

70% of visitors satisfied with Japan's credit card services

A survey of tourists’ views on credit card services in Japan has found that 72 percent are satisfied, an industry survey says. However, one in three respondents found that not all stores accepted credit cards, and half of those said they did not buy ...