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The Formula One track in Las Vegas is lit up ahead of the Grand Prix on Wednesday.
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Nov 16, 2023
Formula One’s Las Vegas race isn’t living up to the hype
Liberty Media, the owner of F1, has started to lower profit expectations for the race, blaming unexpected costs.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jul 14, 2023
Actors go on strike in new blow to struggling Hollywood studios
The Screen Actors Guild, which represents some 160,000 performers, announced the walkout after failing to reach a new labor agreement.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 19, 2022
Netflix returns to growth, saying the worst of slowdown is over
The streaming leader added 2.41 million customers in the third quarter, exceeding internal forecasts as well as expectations on Wall Street.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 21, 2022
Netflix rout is worst since 2004, punishing Roku and Disney, too
Shares of the streaming leader have plunged 35%, erasing $54 billion of market value in its biggest drop since 2004.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Jan 14, 2022
Netflix needs new subscribers. Its Korean playbook is its secret weapon.
Following the popularity of the "Squid Game" series, Netflix is hoping to ride its Korean surge to greater success elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region in order to attract more subscribers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Oct 28, 2021
Spotify’s advertising business beats forecasts thanks to podcasting
The firm reported a 75% jump in advertising sales for the third quarter and has projected over u00a5131.8 billion in advertising sales for the first time on an annual basis.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 17, 2021
Netflix estimates ‘Squid Game’ will be worth almost $900 million
The robust figure underscores the windfall that one megahit can generate in the streaming era.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 15, 2021
Netflix plans to offer video games in push beyond films and TV
Video games give Netflix another way to lure new customers and may make it easier to justify price increases in coming years.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 9, 2021
Netflix gets ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Jumanji’ franchises in multiyear Sony deal
Financial terms of the deal werenu2019t disclosed, though previous reports suggest Sony was seeking as much as $250 million a year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 5, 2021
Netflix climbs after company raises prices by 13% in Japan
Netflixu2019s basic plan will climb to u00a5990 a month from u00a5880, while the standard tier rises to u00a51,490 from u00a51,320.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 6, 2020
OnlyFans is a billion-dollar media giant hiding in plain sight
While OnlyFans is closely associated with adult models, more traditional celebrities are turning to the platform.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 7, 2020
Apple and Sony both held talks about buying podcaster Wondery
Wondery is one of the largest independent podcasting studios and networks, reaching a monthly audience of more than 8 million people.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 17, 2020
Netflix completes Hollywood transformation as Ted Sarandos becomes co-CEO
His ascension symbolizes the transformation of Netflix from a technology company into the worldu2019s most valuable movie and TV company.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 22, 2017
Record labels face lower revenues from streaming as Apple moves to renegotiate ties
Apple Inc. is seeking to reduce record labels' share of revenue from streaming as part of negotiations to revise the iPhone maker's overall relationship with the music industry, according to people familiar with the matter.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Dec 4, 2015
Music streaming services face new test as Coldplay snubs Spotify
First Taylor Swift kept "1989" off free music streaming services and scored the best weekly album sales in more than a decade. Then Adele spurned Spotify and Apple Music with her new "25" and did one better: She shattered the record for opening week sales, set in 2000 by the boy band 'NSync.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 25, 2014
Sony mulled sale of music division that owns Beatles catalog: stolen email
Sony Corp. was considering the sale of its music publishing business, including a partnership with Michael Jackson's estate, which owns the Beatles catalog, as recently as last month, emails released by hackers show.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 10, 2014
In rare move, Sony CEO Hirai personally cleared scenes in film on North Korea, emails show
The companyu2019s top executive approved a scene depicting the death of Kim Jong Un in a satirical film that may have prompted a cyberattack on Sony Pictures.

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At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
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