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E COMMERCE

With the aim of bolstering its customer base, SBI Holdings introduced a commission-free service starting Saturday amid growing interest in investing thanks to government efforts to persuade people to shift household assets from cash and savings to investments.
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 2, 2023
Zero-commission services intensify brokerage competition in Japan
SBI Holding's decision to scrap commission fees for domestic stock trading threatens to undercut the brokerage industry's profitability.
TikTok can advertise to more than 100 million users in Indonesia, but they now need to go on a different app or site to buy.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 28, 2023
TikTok’s e-commerce ambitions stall as global backlash grows
Complaints about how TikTok is squeezing local players has stalled the Chinese-owned social media platform's e-commerce ambitions
Lina Khan, chair of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), speaks during an interview in Washington on Tuesday. The FTC has sued Amazon.com, accusing the e-commerce giant of monopolizing online marketplace services by degrading quality for shoppers and overcharging sellers.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 27, 2023
U.S. trade watchdog sues Amazon.com in landmark antitrust case
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and 17 states accuse the e-commerce giant of excluding rivals in online marketplace services and stifling competition.
Packages to be delivered on Amazon Prime Day in New York in 2022
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 27, 2023
Why Amazon’s online marketplace drew FTC scrutiny
The FTC’s case against Amazon is an important test of whether Lina Khan’s interpretation of the law will hold up in court.
Robots carry items around Amazon Japan's logistics base in Chiba.
BUSINESS / Tech
Sep 17, 2023
Logistics robots coming into wider use in Japan
Companies are looking to logistics robots in response to the popularity of e-commerce, as well as present and potential labor shortages.
A Shein office in Singapore. The meteoric rise of shopping platforms selling Chinese-made goods has been fueled by a decades-old loophole that allows cheap products to land in U.S. mailboxes tariff-free.
BUSINESS
Aug 4, 2023
Key trade loophole keeps cheap Chinese products flowing to U.S.
The fact that Chinese goods and China-founded companies are benefiting from the loophole has frustrated some U.S. lawmakers.
TikTok is in a race to dominate e-commerce in Southeast Asia.
BUSINESS
Jul 24, 2023
TikTok steps up Southeast Asia presence amid e-commerce push
As the company intermingles social media and e-commerce, it is betting that this vision of shopping will knock aside rivals in the region.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 7, 2023
Rakuten’s ¥1.8 trillion debt fuels concern despite funding
The e-commerce giant has racked up four years of losses as its mobile-phone business drains cash.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 4, 2023
Rakuten applies to list brokerage arm as debt concerns mount
Billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani’s online retailer has seen its shares tumble to a 14-year low.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 3, 2023
Shein, e-commerce retailer hit by criticism, tries charm offensive
With an initial public offering expected at some point, the company is looking to change its public perception. Not everyone is buying it.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 14, 2023
Rakuten Bank prices shares at ¥1,400 in IPO, top of the range
Even with a lower than originally expected price, the listing is the largest in Japan since the $20 billion-plus IPO of SoftBank in December 2018.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 31, 2023
Japan's logisticians brace for expected driver shortages
The logistics world is worried about holdups in operations, while new restrictions on overtime may deliver a further blow to an industry already short on truck drivers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 6, 2023
Shein’s throne challenged by shopping platform Temu
Temu views Shein as its biggest rival in the near-term, and wants to surpass its dominance within the next few years, sources have said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 15, 2023
Rakuten Group logs ¥372 billion record loss as it builds mobile base stations
The cybermall and mobile phone group incurred a net loss for the fourth straight year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 14, 2023
Amazon is taking half of each sale from its merchants
Grappling with slowing sales growth and rising costs, the tech giant is squeezing more money from the nearly 2 million small businesses that sell products on its marketplace.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 22, 2022
E-commerce giant Rakuten cut further into junk territory by S&P
The group's long-term rating was lowered to BB from BB+ because of 'slow improvement in its mobile business,' the ratings firm said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 4, 2022
Major online fashion retailer Zozo to open first physical store
The store will not sell clothes but have professional stylists recommend items to customers based on their fashion preferences and concerns.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 30, 2022
Japan customs offices to introduce smart glasses in bid to thwart smugglers
The smart glasses and accompanying technology will be used from February next year when checking cargoes to share images in real time with experienced officials at different locations.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 15, 2022
Devices, retail and HR targeted by Amazon plans for largest-ever layoffs
CEO Andy Jassy has vowed to streamline operations amid slowing sales growth and economic uncertainty.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 22, 2022
Ant and Alibaba plan for less intertwined future after China crackdown
The two are trying to recover from a sweeping technology sector clampdown that has sliced hundreds of billions of dollars off their value and shrunk revenue.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on