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Monami Yui
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 31, 2016
Japan Tobacco playing catchup as nation takes to vaping in big way
Competition to sate Japanese nicotine addicts is heating up.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 10, 2016
Japan firms to see sales peak over new Mountain Day holiday
As Japanese prepare to head for the hills Thursday for the nation’s inaugural Mountain Day holiday, retailers and tour operators are gearing up for an  ¥820 billion windfall.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Jul 26, 2016
As Japan grays, retailers covet youthful masses in Vietnam
These days, Thu Huong no longer shops at the fresh produce market near her home, opting instead to hop in a taxi and head off to Aeon Co.'s 9-month-old mall in Hanoi. There, as she shops for her family of five, she can bask in the air-conditioning and enjoy free Wi-Fi.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 8, 2016
Shoppers tighten purse strings, making Japan retailers see red
Japan's discount-seeking shoppers drove some retailers into the red last quarter as an uncertain economic outlook persuaded consumers to tighten their purse strings.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 23, 2016
Arora's SoftBank walkout returns focus to succession woes at Japanese firms
The surprise departure of Nikesh Arora, heir apparent at SoftBank Group Corp., highlights a problem many Japanese companies face: passing the reins to a successor.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 2, 2016
Lawson looking to buy U.S. convenience chains in overseas push
Lawson Inc., the nation's second-biggest convenience store operator, is looking to buy chains in the U.S. as it speeds up overseas expansion with the aim of boosting its number of overseas outlets by about a quarter within a year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 23, 2016
Asahi eyes U.S. beer expansion with ¥400 billion war chest
Asahi Group Holdings Ltd., the brewer that's buying European brands from Anheuser-Busch InBev NV worth $2.9 billion, is now pursuing deals in the U.S. that would help boost distribution of its Super Dry beer in the world's largest economy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 27, 2016
Deepening tests scandal could throttle Mitsubishi Motors
Mitsubishi Motors opts not to release a projection of its fiscal 2016 earnings amid a scandal involving falsified fuel efficiency figures.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Apr 22, 2016
Pachinko firm scores with iPhone-cracking digital forensics unit
The hackers at Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization Ltd., the forensics unit of a little-known Japanese pinball company, are fast becoming the go-to guys when law enforcement needs to unlock smartphones. Its group chief has plans to keep the firm on the front lines against terrorism.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 8, 2016
Law on women in the workforce lays bare the task ahead
As an ambitious graduate from an elite university, Kyoko Fukushima was aiming for the top when she got a job at one of Japan's big trading houses — often working late into the night alongside her male colleagues. Ten years and two kids later, she found her responsibilities downgraded to paper shuffling,...
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 25, 2016
China's foreign condom frenzy gives low-libido Japan an economic boost
In Japan, sex-drives have plunged so low that young, libido-challenged men are sometimes referred to as soshokukei danshi, or herbivore men.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 31, 2015
Sumitomo Mitsui zeros in on U.S. 'fintech' sector
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc.'s credit card unit is zeroing in on investments in the U.S. financial-technology sector, as Japan plays catchup to other developed economies in electronic payments.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 12, 2015
Pricy beef bowls show how to beat deflation
Restaurants, food producers and retailers are among a small but growing number of companies doing what few managed for long during Japan's lost decades: raising prices.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
May 8, 2015
Japan's craft beer mug runneth over
Tatsuo Aoki's low-key Tokyo bar, Popeye, has become a destination for beer fanatics from around the country. They make the pilgrimage to sample Hokkaido ales and Shizuoka stouts, or for an impromptu lecture from Aoki on hops and yeast.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 1, 2015
Japanese banks oppose stricter capital rules for interest-rate risk
Japanese banks will oppose a push by global regulators to toughen rules on the capital lenders require to withstand an increase in interest rates, the new chief of the country's bank lobby said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 19, 2015
LDP pushes for higher deposit cap for postal giant before IPO
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party wants to raise the deposit limit at state-owned Japan Post Holdings Co.'s lending arm before a planned initial public offering later this year, according to a lawmaker who is backing the change.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 25, 2014
Sumitomo Mitsui to hire foreign managers in global push
Koichi Miyata, the president of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc., said the lender will hire more foreign managers for its overseas operations, tapping their local expertise to aid a global expansion.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 30, 2014
Yamagata co-op markets bank account that offers love interest
Deposit your money at a bank in northern Japan and you could get more than interest payments. You might end up getting married.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Aug 28, 2014
Megabanks break glass ceiling for foreign managers
Japan's biggest banks are breaking tradition by promoting foreigners to top management roles to retain and lure overseas talent as growth abroad buoys profit.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 30, 2014
Rakuten exec takes action to help moms
Mie Kurosaka, Rakuten Inc.'s first female executive, returned to work at Japan's biggest online mall operator only three weeks after giving birth in 2002.

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