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Japan's Internet companies moving into Indonesia

TOKYO -- With a population of 250 million and a gross domestic product of $870 billion, Indonesia is a giant and growing market already in the sights of Japanese manufacturers and retailers. And now, Japanese Internet businesses also have begun makin...

  • Muji stores to open in India as country eases restrictions

    TOKYO -- Ryohin Keikaku, operator of Muji stores, plans to enter India as soon as next year, making it the first major Japanese retailer to do so. Ryohin Keikaku is finalizing an agreement with a local retailer to form a joint venture in which th...

  • Aeon to debut LTE-compatible discount smartphone

    TOKYO -- Japanese retail giant Aeon will release a new discount smartphone Sept. 5, its third since entering the market in April and the first that meshes with LTE high-speed data communication services. The new smartphone uses a handset manufact...

  • New Canon printers make printing smartphone photos a no-brainer

    TOKYO -- Canon has unveiled new inkjet printers that let users print pictures from smartphones by simply holding the handsets in front of the devices. The new printers recognize phones compatible with near-field communication. The two sides then ...

  • Samsung's newest smartwatch works without smartphone

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics both announced new smartwatches Thursday, with Samsung displaying a wearable that works without a smartphone, and LG showing off a gadget that has a round face like a regular wristwatch. The new Sam...

  • Ministop goes on Asia investment spree

    TOKYO -- Japanese convenience store chain Ministop will step up efforts to further strengthen its footprint across Asia. Ministop will refurbish existing stores in South Korea, its core overseas market, in a bid to attract more customers, especia...

  • Myanmar attracts Western hotel operators

    YANGON -- Western hotel chains are betting big that Myanmar will emerge as Asia's next major tourist destination. The U.S. started easing economic sanctions against Myanmar in 2012, opening the floodgates to Western investment in the country and ...

  • Gurunavi, Michelin to launch gourmet website in Japan

    TOKYO -- Michelin is teaming up with Gurunavi to create a new website dedicated to Michelin-starred restaurants in Japan. Nihon Michelin Tire and the Japanese operator of online restaurant guides plan to launch the site next April. The site will ...

  • Japan's department stores brace for duty-free surge

    TOKYO -- Results of the latest annual Nikkei Marketing Journal department-store survey show sales were up 2.7% year-on-year in fiscal 2013. This marks the second consecutive year of growth. Rising business confidence combined with a demand bump a...

  • Disney attracts adults worldwide with Japan-made hits

    TOKYO -- U.S. entertainment giant Walt Disney is spreading its Japanese hit projects around the world, launching the Disney Tsum Tsum stackable soft toys in North America and distributing a smartphone puzzle app featuring the toys worldwide. The ...

  • Japanese eatery Ootoya to accelerate overseas expansion

    TOKYO -- Ootoya Holdings, the Tokyo-based operator of the Ootoya restaurant chain, is ramping up its overseas expansion drive. The company will in November open its first restaurant in Vietnam -- an outlet serving set meals in Ho Chi Minh City --...

  • Japan's Aeon hopes customers get Pakistan mango munchies

    TOKYO -- Japan's top supermarket operator, Aeon, will soon become the country's first major retailer to sell mangoes grown in Pakistan. The fruit from Pakistan has a higher sugar content than the Thai varieties that dominate the Japanese ma...

  • New Daihatsu compact coming to Malaysia

    OSAKA -- Daihatsu Motor will introduce a highly fuel-efficient new compact in Malaysia as early as next month. Malaysian automaker Perodua, in which Daihatsu owns a 41% stake, will release the Axia, a vehicle based on the Ayla low-price compact t...

  • Sony hopes to lasso gamers with streaming PlayStation Now service

    TOKYO -- Sony Computer Entertainment is hoping to revolutionize the gaming industry by going consoleless. The game unit of Japan's Sony group introduced PlayStation Now in North America at the end of July. It plans to bring the cloud-based game-s...

  • Battle for Myanmar's mobile market just getting started

    YANGON -- Qatar's Ooredoo has become the first major foreign mobile carrier to start services in Myanmar's nascent market. Ooredoo began from this month offering cellphone plans at lower rates than Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), whic...

  • Aeon to set up nursery schools at malls, supermarkets across Japan

    TOKYO -- Japanese retail giant Aeon plans to open day care facilities inside its nationwide network of shopping centers and general merchandise supermarkets for its employees and other parents. It aims to establish a model nursery school at one o...

  • Chinese mall operator to lure shoppers with theme parks

    DALIAN, China -- Commercial real estate developer Dalian Wanda Group plans to open theme parks aimed at children, looking to cultivate China's 220-million-strong juvenile market while drawing shoppers to its malls. The parks, to be called Wanda K...

  • Uny to purge Chinese-made food from private brand

    TOKYO -- Retailer Uny Group Holdings on Tuesday clarified plans to stop offering Chinese-made food under its private brand due to growing consumer anxiety over safety. Starting February 2015, the company will begin outsourcing 26 products, includ...

  • Yoshinoya to set up tavern space at more Tokyo beef bowl outlets

    TOKYO -- Customers of Yoshinoya Holdings' beef bowl restaurants will be able to sip beer and other alcoholic drinks at more locations after sales soared at test sites in Tokyo. The company currently serves draft beer and other alcoholic beverages...

  • Japanese department stores pulling in more foreigners: poll

    TOKYO -- About 40% of Japanese department stores drew more foreign customers and rang up more duty-free sales in fiscal 2013 on an influx of tourists from China and Southeast Asia. The Nikkei conducted a survey targeting 89 department store opera...