Apr 19 IKEA Japan plans to overhaul workforce to promote equality among staff
The Japanese division of Swedish furniture chain IKEA recently announced that they will make large changes to their job descriptions including the elimination of fixed-term contracts for part-time workers. (rocketnews24.com )
Apr 19 Jimmy Choo creates Fukushima shoe line
Designer Jimmy Choo unveiled a one-off range of shoes in Japan on Friday, made using materials and techniques native to the disaster-hit Fukushima area, in a bid to boost the profile of artisans there. (Japan Today )
Apr 18 Toyota revamps Camry to win midsize car war
Toyota Motor Corp. showed off a reworked Camry that sports deeper-stamped body panels and a modified cabin as the world's largest automaker works to keep its benchmark sedan the U.S. market's best-selling car. (The Japan News )
Apr 18 Itochu reveals embezzlement
Major Japanese trading firm Itochu says a former employee embezzled about 7 million dollars from the company. (NHK )
Apr 17 Japan to secure minimum required power supply capacity in summer
Japan is expected to secure the minimum required power supply capacity when electricity demand peaks in August, even if all the country's nuclear reactors remain offline, estimates by major regional utilities showed Thursday. (Kyodo )
Apr 17 KDDI, SoftBank voice opposition to loosening NTT regulations
KDDI Corp. and SoftBank Corp. have reiterated their opposition to a possible easing of regulations on NTT Corp. (The Japan News )
Apr 17 Court denies MtGox rehabilitation
A Japanese court has rejected a plan to rebuild the failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox under the civil rehabilitation law. (NHK )
Apr 17 Firms look to 4K TVs for salvation
Major electronic manufacturers are expanding their lineups of so-called 4K ultrahigh-resolution TVs, as the companies look to these new products to be a driving force to stimulate their sluggish TV businesses. (The Japan News )
Apr 17 Australian expansion in store for Uniqlo
Japan's richest person, Tadashi Yanai, has laid out an aggressive expansion strategy for Australia, saying his Uniqlo fashion chain could open as many as 100 stores here, including 50 in the next three years alone. (The Australian )
Apr 16 Methane hydrate surveys start in 5 areas in Japan
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Tuesday that it has started surveys to measure shallow methane hydrate deposits in five marine areas in Japan. (Jiji Press )
Apr 14 Japan mulls free provision of maglev technology to U.S.
The government is considering providing Japan's technology for a magnetically levitated train system to the United States without license fees, a government source said Sunday. (Kyodo )
Apr 13 Sony calls for unplugging laptops amid overheating
Sony Corp. said Friday that battery overheating has caused burns to three Vaio Fit 11A notebook personal computers. (The Japan News )
Apr 12 Uniqlo opens outlet in Berlin
Japan's casual clothing giant Uniqlo has opened its first store in Germany as it makes further inroads into European markets. (NHK )
Apr 12 Google left train station blueprints unprotected
Following Google Japan Inc. employees' online leak of sensitive data on international airports, internal information such as the floor plans of JR Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations was similarly found to have been made publicly accessible on the Internet due to overlooked privacy settings, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News )
Apr 12 Lights dim for Japan's pachinko parlours
It is the familiar background music of every Japanese shopping street: a cacophony of mechanical bleeps and rattles, disgorged along with a plume of cigarette smoke each time the doors of a pachinko parlour open to admit another punter. (ft.com )
Apr 12 Philip Morris, Lark brands to merge
Philip Morris Japan K.K. plans to integrate the Philip Morris cigarette brand into the Lark brand, informed sources have told Jiji Press. (The Japan News )
Apr 11 2 Miyazaki mangoes fetch nearly $3,000 at auction
A pair of fully ripe mangoes from Miyazaki, southwestern Japan, has fetched a record price of nearly 3,000 dollars at the year's first auction. (NHK )
Apr 10 17 deaths in Japan following drug injections
Major drug manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals' unit in Japan has said that 17 people have died after being injected with a drug used to treat schizophrenia since it was launched in the country last November. (theindianrepublic.com )
Apr 10 Toyota to recall 6.39 mil. vehicles globally
Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling a total of 6.39 million vehicles involving 27 model types globally due to a wide range of problems related to seats and electrical systems. (Kyodo )
Apr 10 Six banks sue Olympus for damages
Six banks in Japan have filed a damages suit against Japanese optical equipment maker Olympus over losses stemming from the firm's accounting misconduct. (NHK )
Apr 09 No downturn seen after consumption tax hike
Consumption has not shown a sharp downturn so far since the country's consumption tax was raised to 8 percent from 5 percent on Tuesday. (The Japan News )
Apr 09 Solar power business becoming money spinner
Eighteen months after the introduction of a system that obliges power companies to buy electricity generated from renewable energy sources at fixed prices, Japan's solar power generation market has been showing aspects of "solar bubbles." (The Japan News )
Apr 09 Amazon offering direct alcohol sales
Amazon Japan K.K. said Tuesday that it has started direct sales of more than 5,000 alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer, at its online shopping site. (The Japan News )
Apr 08 '.tokyo' domain now available
The registration for ".tokyo" domain names started Monday. (The Japan News )
Apr 08 Pork to rise in Japan as deadly virus hits largest producers
The most deadly outbreak of a hog virus in 18 years in Japan is raising pork prices and may boost imports from the biggest buyer, supporting a record rally in Chicago. (Bloomberg )
Apr 06 Stores sharing biometric face data
Automatically recorded images by security cameras of shoppers' faces have been shared among 115 supermarkets and convenience stores in the Tokyo metropolitan and another area as an antishoplifting measure, without customers' knowledge, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News )
Apr 05 Toyota Aqua 2013's best-selling vehicle
Toyota Motor's Aqua compact hybrid car is the best selling vehicle in Japan for the second straight year. (NHK )
Apr 05 Creditors eye extra financial support for TEPCO
Creditor banks for Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501>, including Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., are planning to provide additional financial support to the power supplier by rolling over some of their collateral-backed loans into uncollateralized lending, informed sources said Friday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 04 Novartis top management quits over involvement in clinical study
Novartis Pharma K.K. said Thursday its president Yoshiyasu Ninomiya and two other top executives have resigned to take responsibility for its employees' inappropriate involvement in a clinical study led by medical doctors. (Kyodo )
Apr 04 Rakuten bans whale meat
E-commerce site Rakuten Inc. notified sellers Tuesday that it will stop all sales of whale and dolphin meat at the end of the month, according to company officials and other sources. (Japan Times )
Apr 03 Japan's 50 richest: The action is online
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to jump-start Japan's economy with monetary and fiscal stimuli did boost the Nikkei stock index by 15% in yen terms, and GDP grew for all four quarters last year. (Forbes )
Apr 03 Apple in talks to buy Japan chip venture to secure iPhone supply chain
Apple Inc, seeking to secure its mobile supply chain, has opened discussions to buy control of a Japanese venture that makes key microchips for its iPhone screens, sources familiar with the matter say. (Reuters )
Apr 02 Damages suit filed against Kanebo over cosmetics
Fourteen people have filed a lawsuit against Kanebo Cosmetics. They're seeking compensation for what they claim are defective products that are unsafe. (NHK )
Apr 02 Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors
Three years after the Fukushima disaster prompted the closure of all Japan's nuclear reactors, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving to revive nuclear power as a core part of the energy mix, but many of those idled reactors will never come back online. (Reuters )
Apr 01 Second Japan nuclear operator to get government bailout
Hokkaido Electric Power Co , facing a third year of financial losses, will get a capital infusion from a state-owned lender, the Nikkei reported on Tuesday, the second nuclear operator to be bailed out since the Fukushima crisis. (Reuters )
Apr 01 NHK FY 2014 budget clears Japan parliament
The House of Councilors at a plenary meeting Monday approved Japan Broadcasting Corp.'s (NHK) fiscal 2014 budget by a majority vote, with support from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its New Komeito ally. (Jiji Press )
Mar 31 Japan may see another property price boom
A 74 billion yen (S$906.1 million) property deal in one of Tokyo's prime districts has sparked speculation that a property price boom may be brewing again in major Japanese cities after some 25 years of continuing price declines following the collapse of Japan's bubble economy after 1990. (Business Times )
Mar 31 Frozen is now the highest-grossing animated film of all time
Move over, Woody and Buzz: Frozen is officially the highest-grossing animated film of all time. The sister-strong epic has now grossed $1.072 billion total after opening in Japan, finally edging out Toy Story 3's $1.062 billion take from back in 2010. (slate.com )
Mar 31 Tokyo's Haneda Airport expands international flights
The number of takeoff and landing slots for international flights increased at Tokyo's Haneda airport Sunday. (Jiji Press )
Mar 31 JR West, Seven-Eleven join forces in ekinaka biz
West Japan Railway Co. and Seven-Eleven Japan Co. will convert about 500 convenience stores and newsstands at JR West stations into outlets operated jointly with the leading convenience store chain. (The Japan News )
Mar 30 Miyagi mackerel bounce back
In recent months, there has been a recovery in the saba mackerel hauls from waters off Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, largely because of growth in the saba population due to suspended fishing in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake. (The Japan News )
Mar 28 Air sanitizer makers must drop misleading labels
Japanese regulators have ordered 17 companies to drop misleading labels on their air sanitizing products. (NHK )
Mar 28 Harada to become president of Benesse Holdings
McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) <2702> Chairman Eiko Harada is expected to become chairman and president of Japanese education service provider Benesse Holdings Inc. <9783>, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Mar 27 With cheap money available, Japan Inc. seen to follow Suntory's path
More Japanese companies are expected to follow Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd (2587.T) in acquiring overseas companies to gain a foothold in faster-growing markets even as global economic uncertainty and a weaker yen temper deal-making. (Reuters )
Mar 27 Yahoo Japan buys Japanese telco eAccess from Softbank for $3.2 billion
Yahoo Japan is to buy Japanese telco eAccess from wireless provider Softbank in a deal worth $3.2 billion (324 billion yen), it said Thursday. (techcrunch.com )
Mar 27 Japan's big banks to raise pay for first time in 19 years
Japan's biggest banks agreed to raise salaries for the first time in 19 years as an economic recovery puts them on pace to achieve record annual profit. (Bloomberg )
Mar 27 ANA gives Boeing a boost with 777X order
ANA Holdings Inc (9202.T) restored Boeing Co's (BA.N) momentum in a Japanese market it has long dominated by ordering 20 new generation 777X wide-body jets after a stinging defection by Japan Airlines Co (9201.T) last year to rival Airbus Group NV (AIR.PA). (Reuters )
Mar 27 Japan, U.S., EU win rare earth dispute with China
The World Trade Organization said Wednesday that China's curbs on rare earth exports violate global trade rules. (Jiji Press )
Mar 27 Mt. Gox presents digital data to Tokyo police
Mt. Gox Co., the failed Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange operator, said Wednesday it has presented digital data and other materials to the Metropolitan Police Department. (Jiji Press )
Mar 26 Snowstorm payments to reach Y100 billion
Nonlife insurance payments related to February's snowstorms, which mainly hit the Kanto and Koshin regions, are expected to top ¥100 billion, according to industry sources. (The Japan News )
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