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Japan's capsule hotels are stacking up overseas

Business Dec 27, 2019

Japan's capsule hotels are stacking up overseas

Cheap and cheerful capsule hotels are forever expanding from their Japanese cradle, including now in Milan, where the tiny, stacked rooms are helping the Italian city cope with exploding tourist numbers. With no-fuss convenience for both the city and transport links, digital connectivity and a ...

Japan Display considers selling key plant to Apple and Sharp

Business Dec 27, 2019

Japan Display considers selling key plant to Apple and Sharp

Japan Display Inc. is considering selling a major plant in central Japan to Apple Inc. and Sharp Corp. in an apparent bid to improve its balance sheet, sources close to the matter said Friday. The struggling display-maker, also known as JDI, closed the plant in ...

Robots cleaning up at stations and airports in labor-hungry Japan

Business Dec 27, 2019

Robots cleaning up at stations and airports in labor-hungry Japan

More and more unmanned cleaning robots are being used in Japan, mainly at public transportation facilities, amid severe labor shortages. Faced with difficulties securing enough workers, Central Japan Railway Co. started using four robots this year to clean Nagoya Station and other locations, hoping that ...

With image at stake, Seven-Eleven cautious about store closures

Business / Corporate Dec 27, 2019

With image at stake, Seven-Eleven cautious about store closures

Seven-Eleven Japan Co. is cautious about allowing its franchise convenience stores to close, its president, Fumihiko Nagamatsu, indicated in a recent interview. "If some stores are closed, customers will be worried about whether others are open or not," Nagamatsu said. "Maintaining an image that Seven-Eleven ...

Turkey to send troops to Libya at Tripoli's request, Erdogan says

World Dec 27, 2019

Turkey to send troops to Libya at Tripoli's request, Erdogan says

Turkey will send troops to Libya at the request of Tripoli as soon as next month, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, putting the North African country's conflict at the center of wider regional frictions. Libya's internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in ...

Business Dec 27, 2019

Amazon workforce surges by 250,000 for 'record-breaking' holiday spree

Amazon said Thursday it added some 250,000 employees to handle operations for "record" holiday sales for the online giant. The full and part-time seasonal employees were added in Amazon's "fulfillment network," the sprawling system of warehouses and delivery operations, according to the company, which now ...

Russia confirms it will appeal four-year Olympic doping ban

Olympics Dec 27, 2019

Russia confirms it will appeal four-year Olympic doping ban

Russia has confirmed that it will appeal against its four-year Olympic ban for manipulating doping data. The Russian anti-doping agency, known as RUSADA, sent a formal letter Friday disagreeing with the sanctions imposed earlier this month by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The case is now ...

Roberto Firmino nets pair  in Liverpool win

Soccer Dec 27, 2019

Roberto Firmino nets pair in Liverpool win

Liverpool moved 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League after hammering its closest challenger, Leicester City, 4-0 at the King Power Stadium on Thursday with Roberto Firmino scoring twice. Carlo Ancelotti got off to a winning start as Everton manager, but new ...