Ichiro Kitamoto

For Ichiro Kitamoto's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Oxygen goods get second wind in Japan

National Jul 19, 2006

Oxygen goods get second wind in Japan

The market for canned and bottled oxygen in Japan is picking up amid increased inquiries from stressed-out office workers. Oxygen products sell well at convenience stores, but because they are treated as nonmedical items, manufacturers aren't allowed to provide information on their effectiveness. In fact, some ...

IC-tagged produce coming to a grocer near you

Business Mar 3, 2006

IC-tagged produce coming to a grocer near you

Supermarkets are following department stores in introducing integrated circuit tags for their goods, believing that easing the payment process will make shopping more convenient for customers and help increase profits. To help popularize IC tags among retailers, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is ...

National Jul 15, 2003

ADSL providers in price war with fiber-optic counterparts

In a bid to become the leader in high-speed Internet connection services, ADSL providers and fiber-optic carriers are engaged in fierce price-cutting competition. Even among ADSL providers, competition has intensified between Softbank Group's Yahoo BB and rival companies. Yahoo BB created an ADSL boom by offering ...