Jupiter Telecommunications Co., the nation's largest cable television operator, is in talks to buy rival Japan Cablenet Ltd. and integrate their operations, according to sources.
If integrated, the company will have about 50 percent of the domestic cable TV market.
In cooperation with its parent company KDDI Corp., Jupiter Telecommunications, known as JCOM, will aim to become more profitable by expanding services that combine the Internet and TV programming such as "Smart TV" in which customers shop, play games, or do other activities through Internet-connected TVs.
Trading house Sumitomo Corp., which has about a 40 percent stake in JCOM, and KDDI, which holds about 31 percent of the company, will hold board meetings respectively to officially decide on the integration, the sources said.
KDDI has a 95.6 percent stake in Japan Cablenet (JCN), the nation's second-largest cable TV operator.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)