Tag - commercial



BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 25, 2016
Thanks to negative rate, Japanese borrower can buy Dom Perignon after debt sale
By selling commercial paper at negative interest rates, a Japanese leasing company will get paid enough money to buy a bottle of Dom Perignon Rose Vintage 2004 if it wants.
Jan 12, 2016
Administration looks to let people vote in major train stations, other high-traffic locations
Hoping to raise voter turnout, the Abe administration plans to allow people to cast their ballots at major train stations and commercial complexes, according to a government source.
Japan Times
Nov 19, 2015
Shopping complex opens doors at expo site in Osaka
About 4,000 visitors Thursday got a peak at Expocity, the new 170,000-sq.-meter shopping and entertainment complex build on the site of the 1970 World Exposition in Osaka Prefecture.
Mar 25, 2015
FAA streamlines approval for some commercial drone use
U.S. aviation regulators on Tuesday unveiled a new policy to speed up approval for the use of commercial drones in the United States under certain conditions.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jul 19, 2014
Lost Tokyo ... rediscovered
People who have lived in the capital for more than a few years generally claim to know Tokyo pretty well. We discover a forgotten side to the city that suggests they may not know it quite as well as they think.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 6, 2014
Osaka skyscraper store chalks up 30 million visitors
About 30 million people have visited a high-end department store in Japan's tallest commercial building in the year since it opened.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 25, 2013
Taiwanese lender Chinatrust set to acquire Tokyo Star Bank
Chinatrust Commercial Bank of Taiwan basically agrees with the main shareholders of Tokyo Star Bank to acquire it, becoming the first foreign lender to buy a Japanese bank.
Jun 2, 2013
Fun with frugality plus competitive money saving; CM of the week: Parinko
On the variety show "Shiawase Bonbi Garu" ("Happy Poor Girls"; Nippon TV, Tues., 10 p.m.), celebrities look at how much fun it is to live the impoverished life. The women who are the subjects of the show grew up during the recession, so saving money is as natural to them as breathing. The point is to...
May 19, 2013
Private tutor as crime solver; inner workings of the human body, dramatized; CM of the week: Acom
These days a college education doesn't get you as far as it used to, though it comes in handy for solving crimes, apparently. The hero of the two-hour suspense drama "Katei Kyoshi ga Toku" ("Private Tutor Solves the Case"; TBS, Mon., 9 p.m.) is a private tutor who attempts to unravel a murder mystery...
May 12, 2013
Womens fashion fail-off; celebs discuss transgender issues; CM of the week: Boss
Everybody on TV knows their place and what's expected of them, so the "women's pride battle" on the variety show "London Hearts" (TV Asahi, Tues., 9 p.m.) needs to be qualified. What kind of women? Pride in what?
May 5, 2013
Two documentaries on the rougher side of sports; CM of the week: Bandai Namco's Gundam games
The life of a pro athlete can be grueling, but 37-year-old soccer player Dan Ito has a perverse determination to make his even more so.
Apr 28, 2013
Enka queen sings jazz; documentary on dementia; CM of the week: g.u.
Aki Yashiro is known as the Queen of Enka, or "Japanese ballads," according to the standard translation. However, Yashiro started out singing jazz in hostess clubs and didn't make her enka debut until 1971, when she was 21 years old. Last year she finally released an album of jazz standards.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Apr 24, 2013
Yoshimoto seeks laughs and profit beyond Japan
Osaka-based Yoshimoto Kogyo, the giant talent agency that celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, has made an enduring business out of that fleeting phenomenon: laughter.
Apr 21, 2013
'The Cat Lawyer and the Invisible Man'; Imalu as a barista; CM of the week: Loto 7
A sequel to an award-winning original script solicited by TBS and Kodansha publishing, "Neko Ben to Tomei Ningen" ("The Cat Lawyer and the Invisible Man"; TBS, Mon., 9 p.m.) stars Hidetaka Yoshioka as Taro Momose, a graduate of the University of Tokyo's law department whose introverted personality and...
Apr 14, 2013
Profiles of Japanese living overseas; CM of the week: Astalift
It's been said that Japanese people, especially younger ones, no longer travel abroad in search of adventure. This week there are three programs that go looking for Japanese people who do just that.
Apr 7, 2013
The dogs of post-3/11 Fukushima; ESP for the common man; CM of the week: Tokyo Metro
The March 2011 accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant forced the relocation of hundreds of families, and since then television has made a concerted effort to keep us informed as to their situation. On Tuesday, NHK will air a special about family members who tend to get less attention: pet...
JAPAN / Media
Mar 31, 2013
'Rich Man Poor Woman in New York'; getting into Todai; CM of the week: JCB
One of the popular drama series last summer was "Rich Man Poor Woman," which was broadcast in the coveted Monday 9 p.m. time slot on Fuji TV. Shun Oguri played Toru, a young IT billionaire, and Satomi Ishihara was Makoto, who despite graduating from the University of Tokyo was not from a well-to-do family....
Mar 24, 2013
"Paji"; Persian influence in ancient Japan?; CM of the week: Nissin Foods
"Paji," a manga that won an award from the Cultural Agency, has been turned into a two-hour TV drama (TV Tokyo, Wed., 9 p.m.). The title is a mash-up of "papa" and "ojiisan" (grandfather) and describes the main character, Mokuchi (Shiro Ito), a 71-year-old widower who is raising his 5-year-old granddaughter,...
Mar 17, 2013
Rhapsody in scrubs; Foreign hometowns; CM of the week: De Niro for BeeTV
The doctor shows just keep coming, but the two-part "Kyokuhoku Rhapsody" (NHK-G, Tues.-Wed., 10 p.m.) borrows a current issue from the headlines to make its dramatic point.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media
Mar 17, 2013
'Veronica Mars' movie sets Kickstarter record
Shortly after 11 a.m. March 13, Rob Thomas, creator of the short-lived detective drama "Veronica Mars," tweeted that if fans would pledge $2 million by 11 p.m. April 12, Warner Bros. would put into production a "Veronica Mars" movie. The film would get a limited theatrical release early next year, and...


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals