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Yuji Nakamura
For Yuji Nakamura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 14, 2019
Activist investor Dan Loeb calls on Sony to spin off its semiconductor business
Activist investor Dan Loeb has disclosed a $1.5 billion stake in Sony Corp. and pushed the company to make dramatic changes, including spinning off its semiconductor business and listing it in Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
May 24, 2019
Mario Kart Tour could be the monster mobile hit that Japan gaming giant Nintendo needs
More than four years after a much-ballyhooed entry into mobile gaming, industry giant Nintendo Co. remains bereft of a monster smartphone hit. But the wait may finally be over.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 20, 2019
Sony's cloud gaming deal with Microsoft blindsided its own PlayStation team
When Sony Corp. unveiled a cloud gaming pact with archrival Microsoft Corp., it surprised the industry. Perhaps no one was more shocked than employees of Sony's PlayStation division, who have spent almost two decades fighting the U.S. software giant in the $38 billion video game console market.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 12, 2019
After 600% rally, pioneering tech firm Minebea Mitsumi prepares to shape post-smartphone future
Yoshihisa Kainuma has made a career out of being in the right place at the right time.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Dec 28, 2018
Sony bumps ups 3D camera sensor output as smartphone-makers show interest
Sony Corp., the biggest maker of camera chips used in smartphones, is boosting production of next-generation 3D sensors after garnering interest from customers including Apple Inc.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Nov 16, 2018
Nintendo hopes new 'Pokemon' titles will lead to surge in sales for its Switch console ahead of holidays
Nintendo Co. is gambling that it can sell millions of Switch consoles this holiday season by introducing a new "Pokemon" game that interacts with the free-to-play mobile hit "Pokemon Go," as well as a new character that resembles a hex nut.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Nov 8, 2018
Signpost's cashierless kiosk in Tokyo signals a real challenge to Amazon in 'smart store' sector
Amazon.com Inc. is betting that stores of the future won't have any clerks or registers. A company in Japan thinks it can get there first.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 14, 2018
Japanese tech CEO behind popular 'Monster Strike' in search of new hit
Five years ago, Koki Kimura pulled off an unthinkable turnaround to save his company. Now, he's trying to do it again.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 27, 2018
Nintendo bets on new cast of characters in first built-from-scratch mobile game
Nintendo Co.'s two-year old experiment in mobile gaming is heading for uncharted territory with Dragalia Lost, its first smartphone title featuring original characters rather than its established stars.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 20, 2018
Nintendo debuts subscription service for its widely derided online offering
Good things come to those who wait. Except, maybe, for Nintendo gamers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Aug 26, 2018
'Super Mario' creator says gaming industry should put steady subscriptions ahead of in-game charges
The legendary video game designer who created "Super Mario" and "Donkey Kong" has a word of advice for today's industry: Stop nickel-and-diming users.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 15, 2018
Sony's catch-up plan to break into pro camera market
Eight seconds — that's how long a cowboy needs to stay on a bucking bronco to qualify for a rodeo score. For photographers, that's barely enough time to take just a few blurry, often unusable pictures.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 14, 2018
Mercari's blockbuster IPO shows Japan's startups are turning a corner
One of the year's most spectacular startup payoffs isn't in Silicon Valley or China, it's in Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 10, 2018
Ex-Goldman trader Yuzo Kano is hiring old rivals to build a cryptocurrency empire in Tokyo
Yuzo Kano is trying to build a global cryptocurrency powerhouse, one former financier at a time.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 27, 2018
Nintendo hands over Switch to 46-year-old president who grew up playing the Famicom
Shuntaro Furukawa grew up playing the Family Computer, eventually realizing every teenager's dream of joining the company that made the genre-defining console. Now, as the next president of Nintendo Co., he has the chance to build a new franchise atop a hit product — the Switch.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Apr 20, 2018
Nintendo's $30 billion rally now depends on $70 cardboard pianos
Nintendo Co. got its start in 1889 as a successful manufacturer of hanafuda (playing cards made out of stiff paper). Now the game-maker is embracing the same materials for its next trick.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Apr 13, 2018
Nintendo teams up with venture fund to find new tech for Switch
Nintendo Co. is teaming up with San Francisco-based Scrum Ventures to scout startups working on new ways to play or use the company's hit gaming console, the Switch.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 27, 2018
Oasis hedge fund boss bets on Japan's professional gaming scene
Competitive gaming in Japan has found a champion: hedge fund boss Seth Fischer.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 22, 2018
Uber CEO plans closer ties with Toyota on autonomous driving
The world's largest car maker and the world's biggest ride-hailing company plan to team up on autonomous driving as technological changes sweep through the transportation industry.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Feb 21, 2018
Uber CEO eyes Japan taxi partnerships as Asia trip highlights global ambitions
Uber Technologies Inc. isn't ready to give up the world.

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