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Lisa Du
For Lisa Du's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 4, 2019
Billionaire Uniqlo founder Tadashi Yanai wants a woman to succeed him
Tadashi Yanai, Fast Retailing Co.’s 70-year-old billionaire founder, said he would prefer to be succeeded by a woman, adding it would be better for Asia’s largest retailer.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 9, 2019
Carlos Ghosn case could spur Japan justice reform, Suntory CEO says
The arrest and lengthy detention of former auto titan Carlos Ghosn has drawn the eyes of the world to Tokyo and may finally bring reform to the nation's criminal justice system, according to Takeshi Niinami, chief executive officer of Suntory Holdings Ltd.
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 25, 2019
With Ghosn still under lock and key in Tokyo, foreign execs are getting spooked about taking jobs in Japan
The stunning arrest, indictments and long incarceration of former Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn have given pause to foreign executives considering taking on senior jobs at Japanese companies.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 19, 2019
Carlos Ghosn readies trial counterpunch with new legal dream team
Can Carlos Ghosn beat the rap?
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / ANALYSIS
Dec 6, 2018
Takeda downgrade looms after shareholders approve Shire deal
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. shareholders' approval of the $62 billion (about ¥7 trillion) acquisition of Shire PLC is good news for its bosses' ambitions to build a global drug giant — but bad news for its credit ratings.
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 / FOCUS
Nov 27, 2018
The big winner from Carlos Ghosn's arrest? His protege at Nissan
Long before the downfall of his mentor Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa had pushed to win more power for the Japanese carmaker in its strained alliance with Renault SA. Now he has a chance to do just that.
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.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 2, 2018
In aging Japan, Nestle begins pivots from candy bars to personalized nutrition, taking beverage capsules to next level
The company that brought you milk chocolate, Maggi instant noodles and Rocky Road ice cream is worried about your health.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 2, 2018
146-year-old cosmetics firm Shiseido gets makeover to woo millennial buyers
Shiseido Co., the beauty company that's 146 years old, is giving itself one big makeover.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 22, 2018
Green light for casinos offers jackpot to Japanese companies
Let the competition begin.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 13, 2018
Uniqlo finds success abroad, downplays trade war risk
Fast Retailing Co. shares climbed the most since January on signs that the retailer's steady expansion in overseas markets, now headlined by the face of Roger Federer, is bearing fruit even in the face of risks from an escalating trade dispute.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 13, 2018
Takeda CEO talks about Shire acquisition and the future integration of the firms after Japan's biggest outbound takeover
Christophe Weber says growth and innovation are the metrics for success in Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.'s $62 billion purchase of Shire PLC. The first order of business is bringing global shareholders around to Japan's biggest-ever outbound takeover.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 11, 2018
Kirin Holdings wants its aging customers to eat more healthily
Seeking growth beyond a shrinking beer market, Kirin Holdings Co. is turning its attention to making people healthier.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 18, 2018
Beauty giant Shiseido snaps up technology startups to draw young shoppers
Shiseido Co., the Japanese firm that sells Laura Mercier cosmetics and Dolce & Gabbana fragrances, sold ¥1 trillion ($9.3 billion) worth of beauty products last year, mostly in traditional stores where customers can sample brands in person.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 22, 2018
Pawnshop Sou launches IPO to tap Japan's luxury item boom
The resale of Hermes bags, brand-name jewelry and other luxury items is a thriving industry in Japan, with one critical bottleneck: Building inventory is tough.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 16, 2018
With luxury push, Japan gives Swiss watch-making industry a run for its money
In a factory surrounded by snow-covered peaks, technicians in lab coats use tweezers to assemble tiny metal parts into self-winding watches.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 6, 2018
Convenience-store squeeze shows deflationary dilemma facing Bank of Japan
Takanori Sakai works the graveyard shift four nights a week at the FamilyMart store he owns in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, because he can't afford the higher pay employees demand these days.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Feb 27, 2018
SMAP star's Instagram foray reflects weakening grip of Japan TV ads
Shingo Katori commanded the adoration of millions of fans across Asia as a member of SMAP, one of Japan's most successful boy bands. After decades as a ubiquitous TV presence, he finally decided in November it was time to get an Instagram account.

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