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Yasuhide Uno, Usen-Next Holdings CEO, has transformed his father’s company into Netflix’s biggest competitor in Japan.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 28, 2023
Reluctant CEO becomes billionaire at Netflix rival in Japan
Initially wanting nothing to do with his father's cable music company, Yasuhide Uno's faith in video streaming helped him rebuild it for a new era.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives
Jun 5, 2023
The farewell tour: Amid rising costs, a Canadian doctor ends his Japanese music festival
Once dubbed the "patron saint of Japanese indie," Canadian Steven Tanaka is ready to settle down for some "me" time.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 30, 2022
A startup offers Japan's aging CEOs a worry-free succession plan
Every year, tens of thousands of businesses that help support Japanu2019s deep industrial base close shop, unable to cope when company heads retire or fall ill.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Jul 12, 2020
Competition between streaming services heating up in Japan amid pandemic
Online subscription-based streaming of films and television programs has seen an uptick in Japan in recent years, and with the coronavirus pandemic keeping more people at home, that trend appears to be intensifying.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Feb 6, 2020
Nike to offer retail version of disputed shoe
Nike announced on Wednesday that later this month it will begin selling a version of the running shoe Eliud Kipchoge wore when he broke the two-hour marathon barrier last October.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Aug 7, 2019
'Paradise Next': When the music is better than the story
The lone, wandering gangster is as standard a figure in Japanese cinema as the lone, wandering samurai. Traditionally, both fought out of a self-imposed sense of duty and obligation.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: TECH
Oct 14, 2018
Ugrading home entertainment
Summer's over, it's time for more home activities — gaming, movies, music, even practicing sports in the yard. Here's a few gadgets to help you enjoy your "me-time."
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 6, 2018
Japan's cryptocurrency exchanges held back by shortage of engineers
When cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc. explained how hackers were able to make off with $530 million (¥56.7 billion) in digital money, it noted that part of the problem had been beyond its control; the firm had struggled amid Japan's shortage of software engineers.
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
May 4, 2016
'Asia's Next Top Model' just as catty as America's
Reality TV staple "America's Next Top Model" recently hung up its Jimmy Choos after a stupefying 22 seasons, but its spin-off, Singapore-based "Asia's Next Top Model," is now in its fourth "cycle," airing locally on Fox Channel and Hulu.jp. Fourteen tall, slender beauties from across Asia compete to win a photo spread, representation by a modeling agency and other fame and fortune. While contestants come from as far afield as Myanmar and Mongolia, local viewers may be surprised to see no Japanese in the mix; the show's English-fluency requirement is clearly a barrier, and it's no coincidence that previous Japanese entrants were all hāfu (half-Japanese).
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 3, 2015
Scandal-struck Toshiba will sell e-book business to video-on-demand company U-Next
Toshiba Corp., a major Japanese electronics company mired in an accounting scandal, is selling its e-book distribution business to video-on-demand company U-Next Co. for an undisclosed sum on Sept. 30, Tokyo-based U-Next said Wednesday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Aug 26, 2015
New web service aims to match aspiring athletes with scouts, teams
Catching the attention of scouts is often vital for pursuing a successful career path in sports, but this isn't easy if athletes weren't part of a famous school team.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
May 2, 2015
Dramatist brings citizens of all ages together
Public theaters across the country are holding significantly more community productions and workshops aimed at local residents who are looking to get involved in performance art.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 9, 2015
The 'next America' is testing U.S. governance
Both major American parties have had a hard time creating agendas that appeal across ideological, racial and ethnic lines. The fragmentation of power and purpose transcends the defects of political leaders.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 5, 2015
Private-sector group calls for investment in future generations
Japan needs to stop depending on its legacy of high economic growth and start investing in future generations, a private-sector group consisting of business and labor union leaders and academics said Thursday.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Feb 4, 2015
Ninagawa still exploring in eighth take on 'Hamlet'
Yukio Ninagawa's "cherry-blossom" staging of "Macbeth" at the Edinburgh Festival in 1985, with actors in that famously Scottish play sporting kimono rather than kilts, was a sensation due to its radical reimagining of so revered a work.

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Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves