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Lisa Du
For Lisa Du's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 9, 2018
Japanese 26-year-old who doesn't code creates Asia's hottest game with 'Tabi Kaeru'
Japanese frogs are proliferating across Asia. The good news is, they're not an invasive species, nor are they real.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 26, 2018
Citizen considers luxury acquisitions to attract high net worth customers
Citizen Watch Co., the country's largest watchmaker, is eyeing acquisitions that could add premium timepieces to its offerings, as the company looks to gain more high net-worth customers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 5, 2018
As people in Japan smoke less, Japan Tobacco's new CEO looks abroad for growth
Japan Tobacco Inc.'s Masamichi Terabatake is in the hot seat.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 12, 2017
As domestic market contracts, Uniqlo and 7-Eleven looks to make profits overseas
Stagnant spending and soft wage growth in Japan are forcing two of Asia's biggest retailers — Fast Retailing Co. and Seven & i Holdings Co. — to court overseas consumers to drive long-term growth.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 25, 2017
Asahi sets ambitious goals for expansion in Europe and the U.S., as domestic demand wanes
Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. will ramp up sales of its top-selling Super Dry beer in Europe with local production aided by faster integration of last year's $11 billion purchase of brands from Anheuser-Busch InBev NV.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 19, 2017
McDonald's secret sauce for success in Japan
McDonald's Japan took a series of hits starting in 2014 that threatened to crack its golden arches: a supplier was selling expired chicken, a human tooth was found in french fries and a child was injured by a plastic shard in a sundae.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 23, 2017
Japan Tobacco targets emerging markets with fewer health controls as rivals go high-tech
While most tobacco companies have embraced smokeless products to survive ever-tightening controls, the Japanese maker of Winston and Camel cigarettes is pressing ahead with a more low-tech strategy: Selling smokes to emerging markets.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 21, 2017
Calbee sees granola boom by pitching to Japanese working women
Calbee Inc.'s granola snack had been around for 20 years, with no real change to its recipe or sales. Then a female marketing executive turned things around by pitching the cereal as a time-saver for a growing class of consumers just like her: working mothers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 4, 2017
Sapporo snaps up Anchor Steam in U.S. craft-beer foray
Anchor Brewing Co., a century-old San Francisco brewer that helped pioneer the craft-beer movement, will be acquired by Sapporo Holdings Ltd., part of a push by Japanese beverage companies to seek growth on U.S. soil.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 25, 2017
Revival-seeking rural Japan feels left out as casino plans favor major cities
Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama are emerging as likely candidates for casino resorts under the government's new bidding framework, triggering criticism from smaller cities that say it undermines Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's goal of reviving rural areas.

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Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?