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Tepco unit missing power usage data for thousands

TOKYO -- New power companies are unable to bill some of their customers after a Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings group company lost track of electricity consumption data for thousands due to an apparent technical glitch.Tepco Power Grid, which handl...

  • Suntory set to uncork premium plum liqueur for export

    OSAKA -- Suntory Spirits will export high-end plum liqueur starting in July, initially for sale at global hub airports in Hong Kong and Singapore, the Japanese company said Wednesday.The Suntory Umeshu liqueur will be sold through U.S.-based Beam Sun...

  • Tokyo to get Fraser Suites hotel in time for Olympics

    OSAKA -- Sekisui House is looking to open an extended-stay hotel in Tokyo's upscale Akasaka area in the spring of 2020, targeting affluent foreigners visiting the city for the Olympic Games.Operated by Singapore-based partner Frasers group, this will...

  • Japan burger chain to recruit part-timers in 5 languages

    TOKYO -- Mos Food Services Inc., the operator of Mos Burger hamburger restaurants, in August will begin recruiting part-time workers in five languages via a special website.The move is part of the chain's efforts to cope with an anticipated increase ...

  • Club Med plans resorts near Beijing, Shanghai in Asian push

    TOKYO -- Club Med will launch resort villages near metropolitan cities in China as it seeks to tap growing vacation demand in Asia to compensate for a softening home market in Europe.CEO Henri Giscard d'Estaing said the company will team up with loca...

  • Ministop closing up shop in Indonesia for now

    TOKYO -- Japanese convenience store operator Ministop is pulling out of the Indonesian market, at least for the time being.The company announced Friday that it is terminating a franchise agreement with local retailer Bahagia Niaga Lestari, which want...

  • Interview

    Designers eye massive Muslim fashion market

    TOKYO -- The market for stylish clothing catering to Muslim women is huge, and it's only getting bigger. The mainstream fashion industry is starting to take notice, with such high-profile brands as Dolce & Gabbana and DKNY recently showcasing collect...

  • Thais to use national IDs for cheap fund transfers

    BANGKOK -- Leading Thai banks will in October introduce low- or no-cost money transfers using government ID numbers or registered phone numbers, boosting efforts to build up the digital economy.The transfer service, dubbed PromptPay, will initially i...

  • Shanghai resort tosses mouse ears into crowded Asian ring

    SHANGHAI -- Thursday's opening of the first-ever Disney resort in mainland China set off a race among theme parks in Asia to woo the region's rising middle class.The gates to Shanghai Disney Resort swung open past 11:30 a.m., about 30 minutes ahead o...

  • Bright with a few clouds at mainland China's Disney opening

    SHANGHAI -- The grand opening of mainland China's first Disney theme park turned out to be a remarkable day for visitors, as well as for U.S.-China relations, with the presidents of both countries marking the occasion. But among the thousands of fans...

  • Toyota appeals to commuters with longer-range plug-in Prius

    NAGOYA -- Toyota has unveiled its newest Prius plug-in hybrid, which features far greater EV range, hoping the total redesign will reignite sputtering sales.

  • Toshiba's 'last' microwave heralds end of an era

    TOKYO -- Toshiba said Tuesday it will release an upgraded version of its "Stone Kiln Dome" microwave oven in early August, the first update to the product in seven years.Undergoing management restructuring, Toshiba is selling its white goods business...

  • Sony brings big guns to virtual reality at game expo

    LOS ANGELES -- The world's largest annual video game conference and show kicked off here Tuesday, the day after a Sony unit made a flurry of announcements further cementing the idea of 2016 as the year of virtual reality.Sony Interactive Entertainmen...

  • Japan's Descente targeting 100 sportswear stores in China

    OSAKA -- Sportswear maker Descente plans to open 100 retail stores in China under its own name during the three years to March 2019.Unlike the roughly 500 boutique stores with swimwear and golf goods that a foreign subsidiary of Descente already runs...

  • Uniqlo operator to offer overnight delivery across Japan

    TOKYO -- Fast Retailing is streamlining its logistics system in Japan in a bid to provide overnight delivery nationwide as early as the fall.The operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain has developed a new system with U.S. consultancy Accenture t...

  • Uniqlo and Tajima take Islamic fashion to the world

    TOKYO -- Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo will launch a new collection in Japan later this month in collaboration with British designer Hana Tajima. The company plans to take the line to several other markets in the region and beyond.The collection was...

  • Girls go nerdy cute in Japan

    TOKYO -- Nerdy is the new cool among young Japanese girls. For those girls who are not familiar with the fashion trends of the 1980s and 1990s, oversized jeans matched up with a checkered shirt and a pair of geeky black glasses are a source of new in...

  • Hong Kong Disney to woo tourists with "Star Wars" attractions

    HONG KONG -- Hong Kong Disneyland is launching on Saturday new attractions based on the Hollywood blockbuster "Star Wars" in its latest effort to win over tourists shortly before its Shanghai counterpart opens its gates next week.The launch includes ...

  • India-Smartphones

    Sales to jump 29.5% this year amid falling prices

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Smartphone sales in India are expected to grow 29.5% this year, research firm Gartner says, aided by falling prices and faster roll-out of high-speed Internet services, contrasting the slowing demand for such gadgets across the w...

  • Fast Retailing tests new formula in Bangladesh

    DHAKA -- Fast Retailing, the Japanese operator of the Uniqlo casualwear chain, is trying something different in Bangladesh. Unlike its usual practice of mass-selling the same clothing across the globe, in Dhaka, Uniqlo is learning to be distinct, and...