E-commerce firm Mercari buys J.League's Kashima Antlers

Business / Corporate Jul 31, 2019

E-commerce firm Mercari buys J.League's Kashima Antlers

E-commerce firm Mercari Inc. announced Tuesday it has bought a controlling stake in the first-division Kashima Antlers soccer club, the most successful team in J. League history. Mercari will acquire a 61.6 percent stake in Kashima Antlers F.C. Co., which operates the club, from Nippon ...

Flea market apps transforming Japan's thrift culture

National Jul 24, 2018

Flea market apps transforming Japan's thrift culture

by Alex Martin

When strapped for cash before his next paycheck, Ryo Takezawa would trudge over to the nearest Bookoff, the nation's largest chain of secondhand bookstores, to sell his novels and CDs. But the buyback rates were meager: The 37-year-old temporary worker was lucky if he was ...