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Business service prices for hotels rose 51.8% in November compared with the previous year, on the back of a surge in inbound tourism following the lifting of pandemic controls and domestic demand for travel.
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 26, 2023
Japan's service price growth holds steady, maintaining 30-year high
Prices for services rising at the fastest pace since April 1992 will likely fuel speculation that the Bank of Japan may normalize policy in coming months.
Japan’s producer price index rose 0.3% in November from a year earlier.
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 12, 2023
Japan’s input inflation eases further to slowest pace since 2021
The persistent slowdown in the index this year is in line with the BOJ’s view that price pressures are cooling.
Members of a freelancers group opposing Japan's new invoice system hand documents requesting its abolition to Finance Ministry officials in Tokyo on Nov. 13.
BUSINESS
Nov 22, 2023
Manga artists and taxi drivers hit as tax frustrations mount
About 4.6 million businesses that were previously exempt from paying sales tax have been impacted by a new invoice system.
Overflowing trash next to a vending machine in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, which is popular with tourists, in March
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 18, 2023
Trash cans make techie comeback in Japan as tourists flood cities
This week, the tourist-heavy Dotonbori district in Osaka installed around 20 new technologically enabled garbage cans called SmaGO.
Japan's producer prices rose 0.8% in October from a year earlier, the slowest pace of growth since gains resumed in March 2021.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 13, 2023
Japan’s input inflation slows below 2% for first time since 2021
A measure of input prices for Japanese firms rose 0.8% from a year earlier, the slowest pace of growth since gains resumed in March 2021.
An increasing number of middle-aged men are using currency trading apps to buy and sell the yen to get short-term profits.
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 26, 2023
Middle-aged salarymen exploit volatile yen with smartphone trades
Smartphone traders amplify volatility in currency markets by seizing on intraday moves, departing from a previous focus on interest rate differentials.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Aug 13, 2022
Apps turning restaurant leftovers into cheap meals take off in Asia
The buffet at Singapore's Grand Hyatt hotel typically sets diners back about $70. Those on a tighter budget, and with an eye on sustainability, can fill a box for a tenth of that price.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 10, 2022
Robot arms to replace shelf stockers at FamilyMart in Japan
The AI-driven arms are designed to replenish drinks in refrigerators and are now in mass production.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 30, 2022
Japan’s youth shun politics, leaving power with the elderly
With just 34% of 18- and 19-year-olds heading to the ballot box, youth turnout for the Upper House election relative to the overall figure hit a new low.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 24, 2022
SoftBank Vision Fund’s fourth Japan investment is a legal tech bet
LegalForce, which uses AI to screen contracts for loopholes and potential legal risks, said it will use the funds on research and on expanding its sales team to win new customers.

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