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Telecoms giant KDDI plans with Mitsubishi to take convenience store operator Lawson private could help it as it currently stands behind FamilyMart and Seven & I Holdings in a three-horse race.
Feb 14, 2024
There are clouds on the horizon in Japan’s 'conbini-land'
Industry consolidation has pushed minor players out of the conbini game.
Mitsubishi President Katsuya Nakanishi (left), Lawson President Sadanobu Takemasu (center) and KDDI President Makoto Takahashi wear Lawson uniforms during a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday to announce the carrier's plan to raise its stake in the convenience chain.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 7, 2024
KDDI to raise stake in Lawson to jointly run convenience chain
Japan's second-largest mobile carrier currently holds 2.1% of shares but will invest about ¥500 billion to increase its stake through a tender offer.
KDDI's au mobile phone services were disrupted across Japan on Monday morning.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 11, 2023
KDDI's mobile phone network restored after outage across Japan
The disruption began at 7:18 a.m. across 31 western prefectures including Osaka, Kyoto and Fukuoka before spreading nationwide.
KDDI President Makoto Takahashi (left), SoftBank President Junichi Miyakawa (center) and Rakuten Mobile's Hiroshi Mikitani speak during a news conference in Tokyo on Monday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 5, 2023
Prospect of NTT Law abolishment unclear amid fierce opposition
The idea was first proposed by a ruling Liberal Democratic Party panel to make the communications giant internationally competitive.
People use smartphones on the street in Tokyo in January 2019.
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Nov 20, 2023
The NTT Law — a guard against monopoly, or barrier to innovation?
Some say the law regulating the telecom giant stops it from competing against the likes of Google, but others say it contains vital market protections.
Au Pay offers points for each transaction up to ¥250,000, with users receiving reward points.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 10, 2023
Six arrested in ¥171 million au Pay points scam
The store owner is believed to have been recruiting people on social media to cooperate with him on the fake transactions.
Japan Times
Jul 14, 2023
Rakuten is hanging on. It should consider hanging up
Rakuten is selling whatever it can to plug a hole in its finances caused by a misadventure into mobile.
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2023
NTT to start offering services under next-gen network initiative
The major telecommunications company plans to start offering the services from March 16 for a monthly fee of ¥1.98 million.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 3, 2023
KDDI and SoftBank to provide new dual-SIM service to ensure connectivity during emergencies
The announcement is a response to KDDI’s massive mobile network outage last summer that affected more than 30 million users.
Japan Times
Jan 27, 2023
Drone delivery service using Starlink launched in Japan
The new service allows residents in an area of Saitama Prefecture affected by a road closure following a mudslide in September last year to receive food and other supplies.
Japan Times
Sep 28, 2022
Japan's big mobile carriers say roaming needed during network outages
In early July, KDDI suffered a network outage that lasted over 60 hours, affecting at least 30.91 million people, with users unable to make emergency calls for an extended period.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 30, 2022
Charismatic business leader Kazuo Inamori, founder of Kyocera, dies at 90
Inamori, one of Japan's most influential and respected business leaders, died of natural causes, the company said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 16, 2022
KDDI outage spurs action in Japan over emergency communication system
Discussions on a backup system are ramping up, but there are disagreements between carriers about what the scope of the service should be.
Japan Times
Aug 10, 2022
Fair Trade Commission to probe Japanese mobile carriers over '¥1 smartphone'
Subject to the investigation are the country's four major mobile phone carriers — NTT Docomo, KDDI, SoftBank and Rakuten Mobile — and their outlets.
Japan Times
Aug 4, 2022
Ministry orders KDDI to ensure no repeat of massive network outage
The outage lasted more than 60 hours and disrupted calls and mobile internet, banking systems, the transmission of weather data, parcel deliveries and network-connected cars.
Japan Times
Jul 29, 2022
KDDI to spend ¥7.3 billion to compensate users for major network outage
The carrier said about 22.8 million subscribers had experienced difficulties making voice calls, while more than 7.65 million users had trouble connecting to the internet during the outage.
Japan Times
Jul 28, 2022
KDDI’s network outage rekindles calls for stronger emergency systems
To prevent a situation where people are unable to use their cellphones for an extended period of time, there is an urgent need to consider a system enabling 'cross-carrier roaming.'
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 22, 2022
KDDI to pay compensation to millions of users after massive outage of au network
Up to 39.15 million subscribers nationwide had difficulty making calls and using data in the early hours of July 2. It took 86 hours for the company to declare a full recovery.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 8, 2022
Communications failure hits NTT Docomo 5G internet service in Japan
The problem began around 6:15 p.m. and was fixed at 7:25 p.m. Voice calls were not affected.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2022
KDDI says services fully restored after three-day disruption
The problem experienced by the mobile phone carrier, Japan's second-largest by number of subscribers, mushroomed into one of the country's worst-ever network outages.


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores