Insiders say an 'industry custom' of termination fees keeps profitable business in the hands of a few big trust banks because newcomers balk at the cost.
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Sponsors also worry that organizers have not told them what contingency plans there are in case the pandemic derails the games again this year.
Iris Ohyama has made a name through reasonably priced electronics, and launches more than 1,000 new products a year.
Because receipts were issued a day after voting forms were received, some were mistaken for being late even though they'd been delivered on time.
A rethink of the factory floor has been prompted by COVID-19, leading to an increased use of robots in manufacturing.
The incident is likely to raise fresh questions about the relationship between foreign investors, who make up 60 percent of Toshiba's shareholders, and the company.
The news illustrates how Japan's tighter rules on foreign ownership may also be used to keep activist shareholders in check.
In the past few weeks, 17 infections were confirmed at a post office call center in Hokkaido and 11 at a Kyoto mail-order business.
Japan's curbs on exports of high-tech materials to South Korea could backfire in the long run, eroding its dominance over a key link in the global chip supply chain, suppliers and experts have said. Japan tightened restrictions last month on exports of three chipmaking materials ...
When Japan Display Inc. broke ground on a new factory in central Japan in 2015, the future looked bright for one of the world's top vendors of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels. The plant would strengthen the company's position as the primary screen supplier for ...