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Japan's pro sports clubs see investment boost ahead of 2020 Games

General Nov 8, 2018

Japan's pro sports clubs see investment boost ahead of 2020 Games

Japan's professional sports clubs are attracting a wave of investment, as a fitness club, clothing chain operators and entrepreneurs look to cash in on the sports world's potential ahead of the 2020 Games. At the training camp of J. League first division soccer side Shonan ...

Soccer Oct 17, 2018

Barcelona announce 2019 summer tour to Asia

Barcelona plan to visit China and Japan as part of a pre-season tour to Asia next summer, the club announced on Tuesday. After consecutive years travelling to the United States for the International Champions Cup, Barca will return to Asia for the first time since ...

Payments via QR codes slowly becoming more widespread in Japan

Business Aug 31, 2018

Payments via QR codes slowly becoming more widespread in Japan

The number of restaurants, convenience stores and other shops accepting payments with smartphones using QR codes is rising in Japan, although the pace of growth is slow. Major information technology firms are working to promote a cashless payment system and banks are also joining the ...

Japanese government grants Rakuten's entry into cellphone market

Business Apr 10, 2018

Japanese government grants Rakuten's entry into cellphone market

The government has formally approved Rakuten Inc.'s entry into the country's mobile telecommunications sector with its own wireless network, potentially sparking a price war in an already saturated market. Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Seiko Noda issued the certificate Monday. The e-commerce giant will start ...