Consumers

Import-export trade

Canton Fair chases online visits

GUANGZHOU, China -- When the Canton Fair opened its doors for the first time 58 years ago, the Chinese hoped that what they now call the world's largest trade expo would serve as the nation's bridge to the world. By the late 1950s, China had larg...

  • 'Conquest' car

    Renault hopes to gain momentum in India with new hatchback

    CHENNAI, India -- Renault plans to move into India's compact segment by rolling out an 800cc hatchback in the latter half of this year, the French automaker said Wednesday. The Kwid will be a "conquest" car to strengthen Renault's presence in Ind...

  • A more convenient bank

    Resona plans weekend home loan closings, less paperwork

    TOKYO -- Resona Holdings will become the first Japanese banking group to let borrowers receive their home loans on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays -- and it will cut the time spent on paperwork by half, President Kazuhiro Higashi told The Nikkei. ...

  • Traveling light

    Parcel companies branch into luggage forwarding in Japan

    TOKYO -- Seeking an angle on rising volumes of inbound tourists, Japanese parcel delivery companies are putting their own spin on baggage forwarding. Sagawa Express set up a service counter at hospitality group Fujita Kanko's Hotel Gracery Shinju...

  • No end in sight

    Honda recalling millions more vehicles over Takata air bags

    TOKYO -- Honda Motor has added 4.9 million units to its global recalls as Japanese automakers struggle to pin down the cause of faulty air bags from Takata. Honda said Thursday that it is calling back Step WGN minivans from the 2006 and 2007 mode...

  • Back with beef bowls

    Yoshinoya gives Malaysian market another try

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Japanese beef bowl restaurant operator Yoshinoya Holdings has returned to Malaysia with plans to open 100 outlets over the next five years. The Malaysian chain will be developed by Asia Yoshinoya International and local partner Te...

  • Coca-Cola Japan

    New green label targets health-conscious

    TOKYO -- Coca-Cola (Japan) has introduced a new Coke brand that uses a low-calorie natural sweetener, with an eye on attracting the health-conscious. The green-labeled Coca-Cola Life was released on March 9, the first new line in eight years. Swe...

  • Still warming hearts

    'Frozen' fever not breaking at Tokyo Disneyland

    TOKYO -- Tokyo Disneyland is enjoying brisk business thanks to the popular 2013 movie "Frozen," which is seen boosting visitor traffic through the summer. More guests are staying longer to see a night show that projects scenes from the Disney ani...

  • Changing tack

    Oji to make diapers in China, not more paper

    TOKYO -- Oji Holdings has decided to cancel plans to expand a paper and pulp factory in China, with a disposable diaper plant to be built on the premises instead. In light of intense competition in the Chinese paper market, Oji is shifting its fo...

  • Tokyo Disney Resort

    'Frozen' to join Tokyo DisneySea

    TOKYO -- Northern Europe is coming to Tokyo DisneySea. The popular theme park's operator, Oriental Land, will build a new zone after April 2017, with a new attraction based on the hit feature-length Disney cartoon "Frozen." Oriental Land announce...

  • Low-key launch as Apple Watch finally goes on sale

    TOKYO (Reuters) -- The Apple Watch launched globally on Friday with a small queue of Japanese tech-addicts lining up in Tokyo for Apple Inc's first wearable gadget, but there was no sign of the excitement usually attached to the company's product rol...

  • Going upscale

    China's Midea taking appliances to Japan, Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Midea, one of China's leading manufacturers of household appliances, is accelerating its push into foreign markets and may even set up a development base in Japan this year. By releasing high-value-added white goods under its own Midea b...

  • Girding for competition

    Osaka Gas to bundle gas, power

    OSAKA -- Osaka Gas plans to sell gas and electricity in packages starting next April, making an attractive product available when Japan's retail power market is fully deregulated, President Takehiro Honjo told The Nikkei. "We will make preparatio...

  • Marketing offensive

    UK's Dyson chooses Tokyo for first store

    TOKYO -- Dyson, the British company known for its futuristic vacuums and fans, will make Tokyo the home of its only directly run store in the world, opening the outlet Friday as part of a campaign to bolster its already-strong presence in the Japanes...

  • Food trends in Japan

    US sweets companies gaga for green tea

    TOKYO -- As tea harvest time approaches, U.S. sellers of treats in Japan are introducing seasonal products infused with matcha powdered green tea. Garrett Popcorn Shops, a Chicago-based snack retailer, will offer Matcha Carmel Crisp popcorn start...

  • Buffing their brands

    China's appliance makers take aim at Japan

    TOKYO -- Chinese home appliance makers are changing their tactics to court Japanese consumers. Generally known for inexpensive, low-end products, they are attempting to polish their brands and move upmarket. For their Japanese rivals, this means ...

  • Personal care products

    Japan goods makers target overseas visitors

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies are scurrying to take full advantage of a dramatic increase in tourism to the country. A record number of foreign visitors set foot on Japanese shores last year, and they are expected to keep coming in droves. In respo...

  • Dawn of wearables era?

    Apple Watch draws flood of preorders

    SILICON VALLEY -- Apple began taking preorders for the Apple Watch around the world Friday, with customers told they would have to wait at least two months for some models. The American company apparently aims to sell more than 20 million units a...

  • Early adopters

    Apple's Asian fans call smartwatch 'pricey,' order it anyway

    TOKYO -- Some lined up at 4:30 a.m. Some took the day off from work. Some wore masks, perhaps because they did not want their employers to catch a glimpse of them playing hooky. Apple fans in Asia came out Friday morning to try on and reserve the com...

  • Beer sales

    China drinking down in 2014

    DALIAN, China -- According to the latest statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the nation drank less beer in 2014 than the previous year -- the first year-on-year decline since such statistics became available in 1998. Accor...