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Pokemon Go Plus connects to "Pokemon Go" and vibrates or flashes when a Pokemon creature is nearby.

Pokemon Go Plus wearable accessory delayed until September

TOKYO -- Nintendo affiliate Pokemon Co. has announced that the Pokemon Go Plus wearable game accessory will not hit the market until September.The accessory to the "Pokemon Go" smartphone game was originally slated for release at the end of this mont...

  • Melia planning high-end hotels in Japan in time for Olympics

    TOKYO -- Melia Hotels International aims to open ultraluxury hotels in major Japanese cities by 2018, hoping to capture demand from foreign visitors ahead of the 2020 Olympics and to broaden its brand recognition.The Spanish hotel operator is eyeing ...

  • Book early and save, Japan travel agencies say

    TOKYO -- Travel companies in Japan are letting customers book as much as a year in advance to lock in lower airfares and ensure hotel room availability as global travel demand climbs.ANA Holdings unit ANA Sales will begin this month letting customers...

  • Tourism slowdown threatens Cambodian model

    PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's tourism industry is under pressure to reinvent itself as the growth in international arrivals sinks to lows not seen since the 2008 global financial crisis amid a slowdown in Chinese visitors.Total international tourist arriv...

  • 'Pokemon Go' attracts record number of US players

    TORONTO -- A week since its U.S. debut, "Pokemon Go" has become the biggest smartphone game in U.S. history in terms of daily usership, knocking popular rival Candy Crush Saga off its perch.American polling company SurveyMonkey reported Wednesday tha...

  • Amazon adds house blend to private-label offerings

    SILICON VALLEY -- Amazon.com has expanded the private-label offerings under its Amazon Prime membership service to include coffee beans, baby food and health supplements.The Happy Belly coffees feature fair-trade organic beans. Customers signing up f...

  • Getting macho in Manila

    MANILA -- The economic rise of the Philippines over the past decade has caused a fitness boom among the growing middle class, with new gyms popping up across the capital and health-related businesses reaping big benefits.

  • Indian startup ships $4 smartphone

    MUMBAI -- Indian startup Ringing Bells has begun deliveries on a brand of budget smartphones that cost a mere 251 rupees ($3.72) to buy, the cheapest price tag anywhere in the world.Ringing Bells launched the Freedom 251 in February, but was apparent...

  • Toyota aims to turn young heads with sports car revamp

    NAGOYA -- The partially redesigned Toyota 86 compact sports car goes on sale Aug. 1, with prices set to capture more younger customers to the car jointly developed with Fuji Heavy Industries.

  • Cheap chowhounds buoyed beef bowl eateries in June

    TOKYO -- Three major Japanese beef bowl chains logged higher sales for June as consumers increasingly gravitated toward lower-cost meals.Yoshinoya Holdings reports that same-store sales grew 4.7% on the year. Sales rose a third consecutive month sinc...

  • Huawei eyes Japanese PC debut, powered by smartphone tech

    TOKYO -- Huawei Technologies is poised to leap into Japan's personal computer market, an ultracompetitive field that will test the Chinese company's ability to leverage its smartphone expertise and build a winning brand.Huawei unveiled plans Monday t...

  • Luring Taiwanese tourists in Japan via virtual incentives

    TOKYO -- The operator of an informational website specifically for Taiwanese tourists plans to launch a smartphone app-based reward program to promote lesser-known places in Japan. The idea is to steer travelers to particular locations and have them ...

  • Huawei to offer budget smartphones in Japan

    TOKYO -- China's Huawei Technologies plans to release inexpensive models priced at around 10,000 yen ($97.53) this year as part of an effort to grow its smartphone business in Japan.The company will expand its lineup of SIM-free versions that allow t...

  • Tokyo car-share club adds Mercedes to fleet

    TOKYO -- A local company will hire out Mercedes-Benz models for rates as low as pocket change in a partnership the German automaker hopes will give young people uninterested in car ownership a taste of luxury driving.Car Sharing Japan, part of the Mi...

  • Supermarkets widen discounts as purse strings tighten

    TOKYO -- Sugar, soy sauce, mayonnaise, beer. Average Japanese supermarket prices of more than 40% of 80 everyday products tracked by Nikkei Inc. fell in May, providing further evidence of rising budget consciousness among consumers.Using point-of-sal...

  • China's Bosideng shuts 1,300-plus clothing stores

    HONG KONG -- Bosideng International Holdings closed roughly 1,300 of its outlets selling down jackets last fiscal year amid the spread of online retailing.Down apparel stores numbered 5,271 as of March 31, according to the Chinese company. The group'...

  • Japan's live-entertainment market on growth spurt

    TOKYO -- Young people here are flocking to shows and concerts rather than purchasing music CDs.Japan's live-entertainment market grew 18% to 503 billion yen ($4.9 billion) in 2015, breaking records for a fourth straight year, according to preliminary...

  • Spirited debate on alcohol racks Indonesia

    JAKARTA -- When a commotion surrounding a ban on alcohol sales in Indonesian convenience stores began to cool last year, many thought it would spell the end of an exhaustive debate about easy access to alcoholic beverages. But it did not.A year after...

  • Mazda eyes chic face-lift for US dealerships

    TOKYO -- Mazda Motor will give a ritzy makeover to some 130 of its U.S. dealerships by 2018 as the company seeks to establish itself as an upscale auto brand.The modern look has benefited Mazda's Japanese dealerships. The automaker wants to replicate...

  • 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...