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Construction app offers fix for Japan's supertight labor market

Business | FOCUS Jun 20, 2018

Construction app offers fix for Japan's supertight labor market

One of Yosuke Kobayashi's biggest headaches has been finding enough workers to build hotels, restaurants and bath houses for his construction company. That was until the manager at construction company Luckland Co. found Sukedachi, a mobile app that connects contractors and tradespeople. Nowadays, he's hiring ...

Pawnshop Sou launches IPO to tap Japan's luxury item boom

Business / Corporate Mar 22, 2018

Pawnshop Sou launches IPO to tap Japan's luxury item boom

The resale of Hermes bags, brand-name jewelry and other luxury items is a thriving industry in Japan, with one critical bottleneck: Building inventory is tough. Sou Inc. offers a solution: pawnshops dedicated only to buying up secondhand merchandise. Business has been so good for founder ...