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The screen on a cash register at a Seven-Eleven convenience store explains the procedures for foreigners to enjoy an exemption from Japan's 8% consumption tax.

Seven-Eleven stores in Japan to go multilingual

TOKYO -- Seven-Eleven Japan will offer interpreters to shoppers at its nearly 19,000 locations nationwide as the convenience store giant aims to serve foreign tourists better.The service initially will be available in Chinese and English, with Korean...

  • Uber threatens to quit Macau in September despite rally of support

    HONG KONG -- The U.S. ride-hailing service Uber is considering pulling out of Macau on Sept. 9 after entering the casino capital less than a year ago, claiming it is being forced out by a series of obstructions by the local authority. But whether or ...

  • Kirin to offer first-ever whisky export

    TOKYO -- Japanese beverage producer Kirin announced plans Tuesday to begin whisky sales in France -- the first time the company will export its whisky.Japanese whisky has become popular abroad and is selling at high prices. Kirin aims to expand brand...

  • Capcom smart card system caters to gamers riding the rails

    OSAKA -- Capcom will soon make video games for Nintendo's 3DS handheld system that draw on players' train ridership and other data captured from transit smart cards.The game maker and East Japan Marketing & Communications, a strategic and technology ...

  • 2 billion millennials are disrupting your economy

    TOKYO -- From Shanghai to San Francisco, startups are figuring out how to sell to a generation that fights income inequality by sharing.

  • Takashimaya to sell $878 sake

    A new sake made from a rare strain of rice will go on sale at only one store in Japan and cost nearly $900 a bottle.

  • Ikea bets big on India, plans first Hyderabad store in 2017

    NEW DELHI -- Home furniture in India increasingly is changing from a nondescript utility item into a classy lifestyle product.Ikea sees this massive opportunity in Asia's third-largest economy, and the Swedish furniture giant is set to roll out its q...

  • Falling supermarket prices add to BOJ's woes

    TOKYO -- Japanese shoppers are paying less for everyday goods, especially soup, as wage growth continues to stumble -- a development that likely will be a major factor in the Bank of Japan's upcoming policy review.

  • Japanese spend least time on social media worldwide

    TOKYO -- Twitter, Line, Facebook, Instagram -- the list of social media platforms just goes on and on. But while more people in Japan are using social networks, the time they spend on the platforms is tiny compared with users in other countries.Japan...

  • Betting on overseas taste for aged Japanese plum wine

    OSAKA -- Choya Umeshu, Japan's largest producer of ume, or plum, liqueur, will begin exports of its high-grade products next spring.The extra-aged liqueurs are targeted at wealthier populations in Eastern Europe and Asia, in hopes of capturing demand...

  • Japanese concierge provider eyes Chinese travelers via UnionPay tie-up

    TOKYO -- Benefit One, a luxury concierge service company, seeks to bring Chinese vacationers to upscale restaurants and hotels in Japan by offering discounts under a partnership with UnionPay International.Benefit One will launch a website offering m...

  • Luxury brands trim prices in Japan as yen climbs

    TOKYO -- Makers of high-end jewelry and watches are cutting prices in Japan by as much as 10% to correct global value gaps stemming from the strengthening yen.French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels will shave an average of 7-8% off prices of jewelry, watc...

  • Nippon Suisan to bring fully farmed tuna to market by winter 2017

    TOKYO -- Nippon Suisan Kaisha anticipates being able to begin shipping completely farmed bluefin tuna by the winter of 2017.The farmed tuna will be sold through supermarkets and restaurants under the Kitsuna Gold Label brand name, according to Tuesda...

  • Tokyo hotels sprucing up to fetch more for posh rooms

    TOKYO -- A spate of renovations at large hotels in Japan's capital aim to let operators charge more for rooms ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and compete with foreign luxury chains.Tokyu Hotels has moved the completion date for a full renovation ...

  • Fading tourist spending boom tests retailer Laox's strategy

    TOKYO -- Back in the good old days of 2015, Tokyo-based retailer Laox logged a record group net profit catering to shopping-mad Chinese tourists at its sales-tax-free stores in Japan.But the phenomenon known in Japanese as bakugai, or "explosive buyi...

  • Mitsubishi Motors, Toyota showcase 7-seaters at Indonesian show

    JAKARTA -- Mitsubishi Motors, Toyota Motor and Daihatsu Motor look to woo Indonesian drivers with seven-seat vehicles and low-cost models at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show, which opened Thursday.By offering locally popular models at p...

  • Fujita Kanko to revamp hotel websites for foreign visitors

    TOKYO -- Fujita Kanko will redesign the foreign-language pages of its hotel reservation websites, adding information geared toward the specific interests that varied groups have when visiting Japan.The Japanese operator of hotels, resorts and luxury ...

  • New terminal reflects Indonesia's wish to be aviation hub

    JAKARTA -- A large terminal debuted Tuesday at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on the outskirts of Jakarta, as Indonesia takes one important step toward the country's goal of growing into a regional hub.The new "Terminal 3 Ultimate" is the bigge...

  • Nerd power sways China's entertainment market

    SHANGHAI -- They are China's answer to Japan's "otaku" subculture: young, male, generally introverted and with a passion for computer games, online videos and other pop culture that goes beyond the norm.Called "zhainan" or "yuzhai," these uber-fans a...

  • Spotify wading into Japan's tricky music streaming market

    TOKYO -- Spotify is coming to Japan soon, but whether the streaming music service makes it here in the long run will depend on its ability to adapt to this country's more traditionalist landscape.Spotify is one of the biggest providers of on-demand m...