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Aeon to cut prices of data-rich smartphone plans

TOKYO -- Aeon will lower prices Saturday of monthly smartphone plans offering 20 gigabytes or more of data, hoping to attract more young users who enjoy watching videos and playing online games on their handsets.The Japanese retail giant's mobile vir...

  • Uber brings sharing economy to Japan's dining rooms

    TOKYO -- U.S. ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies announced it will roll out a food delivery service in Japan on Thursday, extending the reach of the sharing economy in a country where it has not been embraced as readily as elsewhere.UberEats, which...

  • Ramen purveyor taking offshore expansion into overdrive

    TOKYO -- Japanese restaurant operator Foodex Group is aiming to broaden its overseas footprint to 100 locations by 2020, the centerpiece being ramen shops in the Middle Eastern city of Dubai.On Wednesday, the company will sign a franchising agreement...

  • Dior, luxury peers to anchor new Ginza mall

    TOKYO -- High-end brands including Christian Dior and Fendi will headline the roughly 250 tenants of a shopping complex opening next April in Tokyo's famed Ginza district.The mall is being built on space formerly occupied by department store Matsuzak...

  • South Korea prosecutors request arrest warrant for Lotte chairman Shin Dong-bin

    SEOUL (Reuters) --South Korean prosecutors have requested an arrest warrant for Lotte Group chairman Shin Dong-bin, the retail-to-chemicals group said on Monday, the latest twist in a broad criminal probe into the country's fifth-largest conglomerate...

  • Malaysia's vehicle sales rebound in August, sparks hopes of some recovery

    KUALA LUMPUR (NewsRise) - Malaysia's vehicle sales rebounded in August from the previous month, sparking hopes of some volume pick-up in the months ahead on the back of scheduled model launches targeted at mass-market consumers.Still a sustained reco...

  • Amazon bolsters India arm to narrow gap with Flipkart

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- As Flipkart Internet and Snapdeal.com, India's top online retailers, grapple with waning cash flow, Amazon is bolstering its business in the south Asian country, in a bid to close the market share gap with its local rivals.Amazon...

  • Japan's camera makers focus on high-end models at German trade fair

    COLOGNE, Germany -- Japan's digital camera manufacturers showed off upmarket models at the leading international trade fair for cameras and video that kicked off here Tuesday.With compact digital cameras on the ropes due to the popularization of smar...

  • How Japan's Nissin noodles became Hong Kong's soul food

    HONG KONG -- Demae Itcho, the instant noodle brand made by Japan's Nissin Foods Holdings, has developed a wide following here -- where ready-made ramen is a top comfort food. How Nissin achieved that feat may provide clues for other multinationals ho...

  • Japan looking for 88 must-see anime sites

    TOKYO -- A Japanese association launched Friday will promote anime tourism in the country and hold a vote to designate 88 must-see sites for superfans.Major publisher Kadokawa, travel company JTB and Japan Airlines are among those involved in the Jap...

  • Pokemon Go Plus finally hits market

    OSAKA -- Nintendo affiliate Pokemon Co. released a much-anticipated wearable accessory for the smash hit mobile game "Pokemon Go" on Friday, attracting so many fans that the device was sold out online and at the company's stores across Japan for the ...

  • Fans cheer, but Asia gives iPhone 7 subdued welcome

    SHANGHAI/SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Apple Inc fans from Sydney to Shanghai, the first customers worldwide to snap the new iPhone 7 off the shelves, cheered as they left stores on Friday brandishing their purchases, flanked by applauding sales staff.But unde...

  • Nissin preps newly designed seafood Cup Noodle for global launch

    TOKYO -- Japan's Nissin Foods Holdings will release a newly packaged seafood-flavored Cup Noodle around the world to boost brand recognition.In conjunction with the common international packaging for the instant noodles, Nissin Foods will launch an a...

  • Yamato Transport No. 1 in Japan brand survey

    TOKYO -- Yamato Transport scored highest in this year's Nikkei survey of corporate brand perception, winning the crown for the first time since the ranking began in 2003.The Yamato Holdings unit became the first service-focused company to be No. 1. I...

  • Aeon to add foreign flair to malls in Japan

    TOKYO -- Japanese retail giant Aeon will invite foreign businesses to sign on as tenants at its malls in Japan, hoping to spice up its roster as competition intensifies.

  • Vanilla Air taking wing to Philippines' Cebu

    TOKYO -- Budget carrier Vanilla Air will offer direct flights between Tokyo and Cebu by the end of the year, becoming the first Japanese airline to launch regular nonstop service to the central Philippine island.The wholly owned ANA Holdings unit wil...

  • Takashimaya to open Watch Maison store in Osaka

    TOKYO -- Encouraged by strong first-year sales at its debut Watch Maison shop in Tokyo, department store operator Takashimaya will open a second location in Osaka in November.Takashimaya Watch Maison Osaka will be housed on the fifth floor of Swissot...

  • Japanese apparel going online to tap shoppers in Chinese

    TOKYO -- Japanese clothing companies are increasingly making their way into cyberspace to appeal to Chinese-speaking consumers in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.Currently, Japanese apparel makers have a limited physical presence in those markets. Before...

  • Sumitomo Heavy eyes production revamp for molding machines

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo Heavy Industries will switch to assembly line manufacturing at a domestic factory to speed up production of small injection molding machines by 40% and reduce required manpower by 10%.The company currently uses cellular manufacturin...

  • Japanese rice polisher, wholesaler lifting exports

    TOKYO -- Iris Ohyama is expanding rice exports as part of an effort to boost sales in its food business to 15 billion yen ($147 million) in 2016, a 50% jump from 2015.The Japanese company began exporting rice last year, shipping 60 tons to Malaysia f...