Su Xincheng
The government estimates that in 2020, more than 10,000 visitors from China traveled to Japan for comprehensive medical examinations, spending around ¥1.5 million on average.
Jan 22, 2024
Japan's high-end medical services attract affluent Chinese tourists
The current trend reflects a growing health consciousness in China after the coronavirus pandemic, travel industry experts have said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 17, 2021
Quality products drive rise in China's imports of Japanese cosmetics
China's imports of cosmetics from Japan in 2020 soared more than 30% from the previous year to about $4.3 billion, surpassing South Korea and other major suppliers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 13, 2021
Doctor aims to break language barriers with multilingual telehealth service in Japan
Foreign residents can consult over 10 doctors, who cover internal and respiratory medicine, otolaryngology, pediatrics and dermatology, in four languages via Zoom.
Japan Times
Jan 14, 2021
Japanese firms take e-commerce livestream plunge as Chinese splash out
With China's online shopping market expected to grow, and with tourist numbers down, firms are seizing on the opportunity to sell through a new format.
Japan Times
Dec 20, 2020
Japan Post hopes demand for New Year's greetings cards rises amid pandemic
Online orders have increased about 20% from the previous year as people are refraining from going outside due to COVID-19, Japan Post said.
Japan Times
Nov 9, 2020
Biden victory likely to boost Tokyo stocks; market eyes policy
Many analysts forecast the 225-issue Nikkei average will move between 23,000 and 24,000 toward the end of the year.
Japan Times
Sep 17, 2020
Focus on snap poll as Suga's continuity policy gives market firm footing
Market participants are closely watching whether the new prime minister will dissolve the Lower House for a snap election to strengthen his grip on power.
Japan Times
Sep 1, 2020
Abe's departure after mixed economic results to test market confidence
Japan's longest-serving prime minister is leaving an economy that is smaller, badly hit by the pandemic and with more debt than when he returned to power in 2012.
Japan Times
Jul 26, 2020
Tokyoites leaving bustle behind for space and nature as pandemic proves catalyst for change
As companies close offices in central Tokyo or encourage employees to work from home to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic, young people are relocating to the suburbs where rents are cheaper, space less at a premium and nature nearer the doorstep.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Jun 7, 2020
Japanese firms rush to develop cooler masks as summer approaches
Inventive companies are adding tricot, xylitol and even coolant packs to masks as medical experts warn using them in hot and humid weather might cause health problems.
Japan Times
Mar 6, 2020
With schools closed, Japanese firms offer children easy access to e-learning
E-learning program providers are offering their services for free to help students keep up with their studies while schools in Japan remain closed over the coronavirus outbreak.
Japan Times
Jan 28, 2020
Former nurse's fresh ideas transform struggling Hokkaido fishing business
In a small fishing village in Hokkaido, Shiho Tateoka rises at 6 a.m. and sends her three children off to school before starting a day of handling fish sales.
Japan Times
Mar 29, 2019
Cash-obsessed Japan slowly buying into digital payment systems
Every few meters along a shopping street near towering Tokyo Skytree, signs with the words "PayPay used here" can be seen promoting the availability of an electronic payment option, an option that remains a relatively uncommon offering in cash-obsessed Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jan 17, 2019
No-peel appeal: Novelty banana grower is showcase for integration of mentally disabled workers in Japan
On a farm employing a sophisticated technique to develop special bananas in Okayama Prefecture, people with disabilities play a major role in the routine work of watering, fertilizing and removing yellowing leaves from the plants.
Japan Times
Oct 14, 2018
Business lobby Keidanren's plan to nix hiring rules makes waves in Japan
Every spring, hordes of young people dressed in matching dark business suits descend on workplaces across the country. They have not yet joined the ranks of the country's ubiquitous salarymen and women but rather are university students beginning a monthslong job hunt.
Japan Times
Jul 29, 2018
Labor reform law nudges corporate Japan to rethink working styles
Working late, falling asleep on trains due to exhaustion and getting drunk to release tension from work might still be the typical image of the "salaryman."
Japan Times
Jun 15, 2018
Japan's new minpaku P2P rental law may dampen supply of private lodgings for tourists
The new law enables private homes to be offered as accommodation only if the owners submit the necessary paperwork to prefectural governments or designated municipalities.
Japan Times
Jun 2, 2017
Uncertainty over U.S. policy might cap gains in Japan stocks
Optimism over the Japanese and U.S. economies has lifted the Nikkei 225 stock average above the 20,000 line, but lingering uncertainty over U.S. President Donald Trump's economic policies may prevent investors from chasing higher ground.
Japan Times
Jan 6, 2017
Tokyo stocks likely to rise moderately in 2017; Trump policies eyed
While traditional investment wisdom holds that the market will be volatile in 2017, Tokyo stocks will likely continue the current "Trump rally" this year, although at a mild pace, supported by a weaker yen and solid corporate earnings.
Japan Times
Oct 20, 2016
Sumo body spreads awareness of ancient sport ahead of Tokyo 2020 Games
With an eye on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Japan Sumo Association, in coordination with a government initiative, is taking steps to make this ancient sport more accessible to foreign visitors and the disabled.


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