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Karaoke shops offer hobby space to win back business

Music Nov 22, 2012

Karaoke shops offer hobby space to win back business

Karaoke venues across the country are reaching out to customers beyond those who love belting out a tune in a bid to bolster their bottom lines amid a tough business environment. With the waning popularity of karaoke, arguably the king of entertainment in Japan two ...

Taxi firms targeting mothers-to-be

Business Oct 26, 2012

Taxi firms targeting mothers-to-be

Many taxi companies have started offering new services targeting pregnant women, children and the elderly to offset declining demand from their traditional customers as the economy stagnates. Tokyo's leading taxi company, Nihon Kotsu Co., began an around-the-clock hospital service in May for women in labor. The ...

National Jul 25, 2006

Gold-selling binge defies oil, Middle East uncertainties

possessions," said Hidekazu Yamada, a gold adviser at the firm's head office in Tokyo's Ginza. An official in charge of precious metal sales at Mitsubishi Materials Corp. said sales have been increasing conspicuously since October. Most people are selling gold they bought in 2002, when the ...