Amazon takes on Alibaba from Japan with Chinese-language website

Business Aug 1, 2016

Amazon takes on Alibaba from Japan with Chinese-language website

Just before the stores open in Tokyo's Akihabara electronics district, buses pull up, unleashing Chinese tourists and their credit cards to snap up televisions, rice cookers and other gadgets. Walk into any department store and there they are, buying mascara, T-shirts and other merchandise. China's ...

Shoppers tighten purse strings, making Japan retailers see red

Business Jul 8, 2016

Shoppers tighten purse strings, making Japan retailers see red

Japan's discount-seeking shoppers drove some retailers into the red last quarter as an uncertain economic outlook persuaded consumers to tighten their purse strings. Supermarkets and clothing stores will probably cut prices more to spur sluggish sales, which caused Aeon Co., the nation's biggest retailer by ...

Sony developing 1,000-pictures-a-second sensor

Business / Tech Sep 7, 2015

Sony developing 1,000-pictures-a-second sensor

Sony Corp. built a dominant position in image sensors by helping people take high-quality photos with smartphones. Now, the company is focusing on sensors that take photos at least 10 times faster than the human eye can see. The company is working with Nissan Motor ...

Sony CEO Hirai's strategy questioned by former executive Iba

Business / Corporate Jun 1, 2015

Sony CEO Hirai's strategy questioned by former executive Iba

Kazuo Hirai is being criticized by a former Sony Corp. director who says the company's chief executive officer is abandoning its traditional engineering focus. Sony's electronics business is central to its long-term success, Tamotsu Iba, 79, a former chief financial officer and vice chairman, wrote ...