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Anime on smartphones

Japan's Avex links with publishers to boost streaming selection

TOKYO -- Avex Group Holdings will team up with three of Japan's major publishers in the anime-streaming business, allowing fans to watch the publishers' titles on their smartphones and other devices. Avex Pictures, a member of the Japanese entert...

  • Clean-diesel Mazda2

    Japanese automaker to release updated subcompact in Thailand

    TOKYO -- Mazda Motor said Friday that a new version of the Mazda2 will go on sale in Thailand early next year. The redesigned subcompact car will also arrive in dealerships in Japan, where it is called the Demio. The new Mazda2 will feature a...

  • Mazda's smaller SUV

    Compact crossover hits the road in 2015

    TOKYO -- Mazda unveiled Wednesday a compact crossover sport utility vehicle that will debut with a diesel engine in Japan next spring before a wider rollout in the rest of the world. The carmaker previewed the CX-3 ahead of the Los Angeles Auto S...

  • Retailing in Southeast Asia

    Aeon goes for middle market in second Vietnam mall

    Japanese retailer Aeon's second Vietnamese shopping mall is off to a good start 10 days after it opened. Aeon Mall Binh Duong Canary, in Binh Duong Province, just north of Ho Chi Minh City, offers discount prices for food and clothing aimed at Vi...

  • Japanese character goods

    Bandai to offer toys with popular video game theme in South Korea

    TOKYO -- Bandai will start selling toys based on its popular "Yokai Watch" video game in South Korea next month, taking them abroad for the first time. The Japanese company began broadcasting the animated series in South Korea this October, and t...

  • Weird and wonderful hotel rooms springing up in Tokyo

    TOKYO -- Visitors to Tokyo will soon be able to rest their weary bodies in Hello Kitty and Godzilla-themed hotel rooms. Hotelier Fujita Kanko is creating a Godzilla room at its new 30-story Hotel Gracery Shinjuku, due to open in April next year. ...

  • Redeye flights finding favor at Tokyo airport

    TOKYO -- Airlines are increasingly offering overnight flights from Haneda Airport here as travelers seek to pack their weekend trips with more daylight hours for less money. All Nippon Airways is set to launch a flight departing from Haneda after...

  • Fancy a printed pizza? Look to XYZprinting

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese 3-D printer maker XYZprinting is offering an alternative to baking: oven-ready printed cookies and pizzas with custom designs. The Taiwanese company unveiled Friday a new food printer that handles flour paste. The gadget can a...

  • New Panasonic camera aims to win back smartphone users

    OSAKA -- Panasonic will offer a camera geared toward consumers looking for higher picture quality combined with smartphone features. The new Lumix CM1 will enable users to talk and access the Internet. It will debut in Europe this year and be ava...

  • Cut-rate service on cheap smartphones taking root in Japan

    TOKYO -- Growing numbers of Japanese are signing up for low-cost mobile services on inexpensive smartphones. The subscriber base has doubled over six months, with domestic contracts for the new breed of cheap handsets topping 1 million. Mobil...

  • With weaker yen, fewer Japanese book holiday travel abroad

    TOKYO -- The soft yen is prompting more Japanese to travel within the country rather than going abroad for the upcoming year-end and New Year's holidays. So far this month, holiday bookings for overseas trips are down 10% on the year at Nippon Tr...

  • Tax-free shoppers from abroad have Japanese manufacturers scrambling

    TOKYO -- Japan's move last month to expand the list of products that foreign visitors can purchase tax-free in the nation has triggered a boom in purchases of newly covered items, such as cosmetics and medicine, and companies that stand to benefit ar...

  • Burger King enters India with beef-free Whoppers

    NEW DELHI -- Burger King, the U.S. fast food chain, opened its first outlet in New Delhi with beef and pork missing from the menu but chicken, lamb and fresh cheese delicacies to entice locals. The launch of Burger King at the Select City...

  • Marusaya's Singapore restaurant to highlight bonito flake cuisine

    TOKYO -- Marusaya, a Tokyo-based wholesaler of dried bonito flakes, opened a Japanese restaurant this month in Singapore to serve a variety of Japanese dishes using soup stock made from its aged dried bonito and kelp. The company has spent around...

  • Japan's service industry grows for 4th straight year

    TOKYO -- Japan's service industry is expanding, according to a survey by Nikkei Inc. of more than one thousand Japanese companies in 34 sectors. Sales across all sectors excluding tourism are expected to increase by 3% on the year in fiscal 2014....

  • Winners emerge in crowded market for purine-free low-malt beer

    TOKYO -- While Japan's four leading brewers all dived head first into purine-free low-malt beers, the popular products of Kirin and Sapporo have increasingly outsold Asahi and Suntory's faltering offerings. In Japan's market for alcoholic beverag...

  • Tie-up extends Amazon's reach to Lawson stores

    TOKYO -- Visitors to Lawson convenience stores can order goods from e-commerce giant Amazon Japan for pickup later under a partnership announced Tuesday. Starting Wednesday, customers can use Lawson information terminals at 199 Shizuoka Prefectur...

  • China still top for luxury sales, despite corruption clampdown

    HONG KONG -- These are tough times for luxury goods companies -- especially those that have become accustomed to soaring demand from China's newly-wealthy consumers. Take Prada. The Hong Kong-listed Italian purveyor of handbags, shoes and clothin...

  • Australia's craft beer boom

    SYDNEY -- Craft beers are growing in popularity in Australia, where online retailers of the distinctly flavored brews are popping up one after another. Pubs and beer lovers abound in Australia, but demand for the beverage has been stagnant as peo...

  • Itochu, CP to jointly launch shopping website in China

    BEIJING -- Major Japanese trading house Itochu plans to tie up with Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group to break into China's online shopping market, sources told The Nikkei on Saturday. The Japanese trading company aims to sell Japanese pro...