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Ayaka Maki
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Feb 15, 2021
Need an app? This Japanese startup has a platform for that
The glaring need for creators has fueled investor expectations for local startup Yappli Inc., which designs off-the-shelf apps.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Dec 11, 2020
U.S. crackdown on Huawei hands Japan a 5G lifeline
With U.S. partners seeking out suppliers from friendlier nations, vendors in the close U.S. ally suddenly seem a lot more attractive to carriers around the world upgrading their networks.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 4, 2020
How a mother's comment gave a Japanese intern an idea worth billions
Yuta Tsuruoka's Base Inc. has been a beneficiary of a rally in small-cap technology stocks in Japan as retail investors sought to pick winners in the pandemic.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 14, 2020
Big money and day traders both love Japanese tech darling Mercari
With shares up almost 25% since its last earnings, all eyes will be on its performance in the latest quarter when it announces results Oct. 30.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 7, 2020
WeWork competitor TKP sees opportunity in Tokyo’s shrinking offices
While TKP shares are still down 43 percent for the year, they have jumped 165 percent from their March trough as investors look for a rebound.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 10, 2020
Japanese college dropout builds $560 million fortune through AI firm
AI inside Inc. has ambitious plans to expand outside Japan and into other business lines.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jun 29, 2020
Amateur traders pile into Asian stocks, making pros nervous
When the coronavirus pandemic sent shares plunging, you didn’t have to be a professional investor to spot a buying opportunity. In fact, it might be better if you weren’t.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 21, 2020
Air conditioner giant Daikin gets lift from coronavirus and climate change in Japan
Surging interest in ventilation and how air conditioners can curb the coronavirus is doing wonders for the company's stock price.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jun 8, 2020
Chugai stock surges 60% to rival Sony's value on hopes for virus treatment
Chugai Pharmaceutical is now Japan's biggest drug company by market value after overtaking Daiichi Sankyo and Takeda Pharmaceutical.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 3, 2020
Automating factories creates $100 billion Japan corporate giant
Keyence is famed for its dizzying profitability with an operating profit margin of more than 50 percent, among the country's highest.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 28, 2020
Surge in cycling from coronavirus fears adds ¥604 billion to Shimano's stock
The renowned maker of cycling parts is benefitting from surging demand for bicycles as people embrace new modes of transport to avoid large crowds.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 27, 2020
Investors' escape routes limited during Japan's Golden Week holidays
The annual Golden Week holidays threaten to give investors fits when adjusting positions in response to coronavirus-related newsflow, which could heighten volatility over the next few weeks.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 24, 2019
Coco Ichibanya restaurant chain plans to sell Japanese curry ... to India
A Japanese plan to sell curry in India all stemmed from a hungry expat looking for good food in Tokyo.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Mar 5, 2019
'Minority Report' gets real as Japan startup develops AI cameras to spot shoplifters before they steal
It's watching, and knows a crime is about to take place before it happens.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 15, 2019
Goldman sees a bargain in resilient Japanese cram school with focus on private tuition
Noriko Mori, 47, paid about ¥700,000 ($6,300) to a cram school to help her daughter prepare for a school entrance exam in Tokyo. Her daughter was six, and the entrance exam was for an elementary school.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 5, 2018
Fast Retailing opens GU Style Studio store in Harajuku where you try, buy, but walk away with nothing
A brand-new store opened in Tokyo's Harajuku fashion district on Friday, walls lined with clothes, shoes and handbags — and with a twist: shoppers will walk away empty-handed.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 23, 2018
Philip Morris CEO expects countries to overturn e-cigarette bans
Philip Morris International Inc. expects regulators to gradually become more open to alternatives to cigarettes even after more than 27 governments have prohibited next-generation smokeless devices.

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