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One of the restaurants operated by Xiao Nan Guo, which has been diversifying its brand lineup

Restaurants in China

Chain operator adapts by serving up variety

SHANGHAI -- Xintiandi is one of Shanghai's most popular tourist attractions. The old warehouse district has been renovated and now hosts an array of restaurants and bars catering to domestic and international customers. One of the newer eateries...

  • Enhancing capital efficiency

    Hitachi to tap Shanghai free trade zone's simpler fund transfer rules

    TOKYO -- Hitachi will better manage yuan-denominated surplus funds by taking advantage of deregulation introduced by the Chinese government last year. Under the measure applying to companies operating in Shanghai's pilot free trade zone, the Toky...

  • Outlet shopping

    Mitsubishi Estate, British partner to open mall next to Disney's Shanghai park

    SHANGHAI -- Mitsubishi Estate has entered into a deal with Value Retail of Britain to open an outlet mall next to the forthcoming Shanghai Disney Resort. Although the mall is being built in the midst of a deflated Chinese stock market and an aust...

  • Fireworks, crowds and ... Sugamo?

    Where foreigners who live in Japan like to go

    TOKYO -- The number of foreigners who visited Japan in May jumped 50% from a year earlier. With some foreign tourists coming for second visits, the increase in arrival numbers appears set to swell even further. To keep foreign tourists coming bac...

  • Quality over quantity

    Sony making durable TVs for developing countries

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Sony has created televisions for developing countries that can withstand dust, moisture and fluctuating power in a bid to regain footing in those markets. The company plans to exit straight price competition and rebuild its brand ...

  • Middle-class spending survey

    Indonesians splurge when monthly income passes $375

    TOKYO -- Middle-class Indonesian households ramp up saving and spending on luxury grocery items when their incomes exceed 5 million rupiah ($375) a month, according to a survey of Indonesian consumers by Deloitte Consulting Southeast Asia. In gen...

  • Muslim markets

    Businesses make the most of Ramadan shopping season

    JAKARTA -- As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan enters its final week, retailers across Muslim countries in Asia are looking for new ways to take advantage of the year's biggest sales season. The Plaza Semanggi shopping mall, located in the heart...

  • Coupons via cellphone

    Japan's Laox looks to hook visitors with mobile offers

    TOKYO -- Tax-free shop operator Laox will work with NTT Docomo to send coupons and offers to the cellphones of those visiting Japan from elsewhere in Asia in an attempt to grow customer traffic. Starting as early as the fall, Docomo will automati...

  • Storytelling by smartphone

    Amazon dives into Japanese audiobook market

    TOKYO -- Amazon.com will bring its subscription audiobook service to Japan on Tuesday, making a large entry into a small market. Amazon's subsidiary, U.S. audiobook producer and distributor Audible, will run the service. Memberships cost 1,500 ye...

  • Safety first

    Chinese young buy water purifiers

    DALIAN, China -- Young, wealthy Chinese households are installing water purifiers after a string of safety scandals in the country. Chinese people are afraid of getting stomach problems if they drink tap water. So they generally boil tap water an...

  • Welcome to Snow Town

    Bangkok mall builds wintry 'village' to lure visitors

    BANGKOK -- A shopping mall in central Bangkok has gone to impressive lengths to lure shoppers: turning a small corner of the Thai capital into a year-round winter wonderland. Snow Town, an indoor park featuring artificial snowfall, is to become t...

  • Rice cookers and robotic vacuums

    Japan's consumer electronics makers hoping to catch visitors at the airport

    TOKYO -- Panasonic and other major consumer electronics manufacturers are touting their wares to tourists visiting Japan from other parts of Asia. On Thursday, Panasonic opened a 30-sq.-meter booth in Haneda Airport's international terminal, wher...

  • First US chain on the scene

    Yangonites line up for a taste of KFC

    YANGON -- KFC has become the first major U.S. fast-food chain to make the leap into Myanmar. The fried-chicken purveyor and Singapore-listed franchise partner Yoma Strategic Holdings are planning for swift expansion in the Southeast Asian country. ...

  • Taiwan's cafe scene

    Chain finds sweet spot between Starbucks, cheaper options

    TAIPEI -- Visitors to Taipei are bound to notice an ubiquitous yellow sign with a white cartoon character hoisting a coffee cup above its head. This is the emblem of cama cafe, a chain that has carved a niche in a crowded market. Linen bags fille...

  • Speedier checkouts

    Seven-Eleven Japan to send tax-free shoppers on their way in 5 minutes

    TOKYO -- Seven-Eleven Japan plans to drastically shorten the time needed for foreign tourists to complete the paperwork for tax-free shopping by introducing a specialized system at cash registers. Looking to tap into the 2 trillion yen ($16.1 bil...

  • You can drink to that

    Smart tags to take on scourge of fake sake

    TOKYO -- Unscrupulous traders who empty bottles of fine Japanese sake and refill them with cheap liquor will soon have a tougher time concealing their practices, thanks to smart tags. The tags are part of a new system developed by IBM Japan and o...

  • Fresh from famed market

    Hong Kong website to offer next-day delivery of Japanese fish

    HONG KONG -- Consumers in Hong Kong will be able to buy seafood from Tokyo's Tsukiji Market online for next-day delivery, starting as early as mid-July. A set of products popular here, including tuna, scallops and horsehair crab, will sell for ar...

  • Tourism boom

    Chinese UnionPay card spending triples in Japan

    OSAKA -- The Chinese tourists flocking to Japan are swiping their UnionPay cards at retail outlets more than ever thanks to the weak yen. Spending with those cards surpassed 360 billion yen ($2.92 billion) for the first six months of this year, t...

  • Chinese consumption

    Foreign goods a hit online

    TOKYO -- E-commerce operators in China are increasingly selling foreign goods to Chinese consumers. NetEase, a website portal operator, has established a virtual mall that specializes in goods such as Japanese baby items and South Korean cosmetic...

  • Private-label retailing

    Swiss retail giant heading to Japan

    GENEVA -- Switzerland's top retailer, Migros, will sell private-label foods and cosmetics at Japanese supermarkets in hopes of succeeding where other European retailers have failed. A subsidiary will handle distribution. Migros will offer its war...