Tag - retail



Japan Times
Aug 19, 2022
Retailer Miniso to ditch Japanese styling after Chinese outcry
The Guangzhou-based company has long promoted itself as Japanese-influenced, with a Japanese chief designer and Japanese characters on its shopping bags and marketing language.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: FASHION
Jun 11, 2022
Can unlikely friendships kickstart fashion’s lackluster recovery?
Breaking down brand barriers may be the only way forward for Tokyo's couturiers
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: FASHION
May 14, 2022
Fashion’s retail revolution: What’s old is new again
As pandemic precautions appear to ease, retail fashion grapples with a return to business as usual.
Jun 20, 2020
Spending more to receive more
'That comes to u00a5550.'
Japan Times
Apr 19, 2020
What we’ll miss when bookstores disappear
Nothing can fully replace holding a real book in your hands.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 28, 2019
Japan's retail sales see deepest slump since 2015 as tax hike hits demand
The drop was the biggest since a 9.7 percent fall in March 2015, and was worse than a 4.4 percent decline predicted by economists.
Japan Times
Oct 22, 2019
Jeff Bezos' Amazon needs a leash, not a breakup
The New Yorker and the Atlantic have never been known for their business coverage, so when both magazines published long articles about Amazon.com Inc. in their current issues it signaled that something is in the air. That something is antitrust.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 15, 2019
U.S. retail sales post largest drop since 2009 as jobless claims surge
U.S. retail sales recorded their biggest drop in more than nine years in December as receipts fell across the board, suggesting a sharp slowdown in economic activity at the end of 2018.
Japan Times
Oct 10, 2018
'War' on food waste can save money and boost profits, Israeli tech firm says
Wasteless, an Israeli firm seeking to reduce food waste and save consumers money, won $2 million in funding on Tuesday, as more businesses seek to cut food losses amid rising global hunger.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 17, 2018
Bargain-hunting Chinese make Japanese retail king Bic Camera a billionaire
Japanese retail tycoon Ryuji Arai can thank a growing flock of Chinese spenders for his swelling fortune.
BUSINESS / Economy
May 30, 2016
Japan's retail sales stall as Abe mulls delay to tax hike
The nation's retail sales growth stalled, underscoring weakness in private consumption and increasing the likelihood that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will delay a sales-tax increase planned for next year.
WORLD / Society
Mar 14, 2016
Broken baby food jar leads Swedish man to create 24/7 unstaffed store
Parenthood may be hard but those challenges can also lead to new ideas.
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2016
Kumamon product sales top ¥100 billion in 2015 for first time
Sales of products featuring Kumamoto Prefecture's popular Kumamon black bear mascot surpassed ¥100 billion in 2015 for the first time, the prefectural government has said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 28, 2016
BOJ meets amid backdrop of surprise fall in retail sales
Retail sales unexpectedly declined in December, indicating weakness in consumer spending as the central bank began a two-day meeting Thursday to decide whether to boost monetary stimulus.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 15, 2015
FamilyMart, Uny agree all-stock merger
FamilyMart Co. has agreed to buy Uny Group Holdings Co., the operator of the Circle K and Sunkus chains, creating the nation's second-largest convenience store operator.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 13, 2015
Japan industrial output fell to 2.1% in May
Japan's industrial output fell a seasonally adjusted 2.1 percent in May from the previous month, revised upward slightly from a preliminary 2.2 percent decrease, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Monday.
BUSINESS / Economy
May 28, 2015
April retail sales disappoint as consumption tax weighs
Retail sales rose less than forecast in April, signaling a weak start to the second quarter for an economy that is still weighed down by last year's sales-tax increase.
Japan Times
Feb 16, 2015
Department stores beef up Chinese service before Year of the Sheep
Major department stores are beefing up their service for Chinese customers ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday season starting Wednesday, bidding for big-spending tourists to offset the slump in domestic spending.
Dec 25, 2014
U.S. retailers likely to just meet holiday sales forecasts, experts say
U.S. consumers have not turned out in force for the final shopping days before Christmas, suggesting that traditional retailers will just meet industry sales forecasts in a season marked by deep discounts and growing encroachment from online rivals led by Amazon.com Inc.
Japan Times
Oct 2, 2014
Stores see profit in prayer as they cater to foreign tourists
From free Wi-Fi to prayer rooms, Japan's retailers are devising creative ways to encourage foreign tourists to spend.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals