Otsuka wants flagship store to be friendlier

May 29, 2015

Otsuka wants flagship store to be friendlier

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Aiming to shake off its image as an expensive members-only store, furniture retailer Otsuka Kagu Ltd. on Friday unveiled its renovated flagship store in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza shopping district, offering a more welcoming atmosphere. “What we cared about (in this renewal) was to make ...

Seoul's rooftop gardens are oases in busy capital

May 29, 2015

Seoul's rooftop gardens are oases in busy capital

From stylish, manicured creations to small vegetable plots, gardens are taking to the rooftops of the South Korean capital of Seoul — bringing dashes of spontaneity and color to the skyline of one of the world’s most densely populated cities. With help from the ...

Kintetsu's flagship store opens salon geared toward foreign tourists

Apr 20, 2015

Kintetsu's flagship store opens salon geared toward foreign tourists

Kintetsu Department Store’s flagship store in Abeno Harukasu, the tallest building in Japan, opened a salon Monday that caters exclusively to tourists from abroad. The salon offers duty-free shopping, bag storage and other services, plus a corner where people can briefly delve into various ...

Cherry blossom season sees another Chinese shopping spree in Japan

Mar 31, 2015

Cherry blossom season sees another Chinese shopping spree in Japan

“Explosive buying” by Chinese visitors is once again being witnessed in Japan, this time during the cherry blossom season through early April after the Chinese went on a similar spree during the Chinese New Year holidays in February. According to the Japanese Consulate General ...

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

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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 ...