Consumers

Japanese arcade thriving in India's commercial capital

MUMBAI -- India is enjoying a new pastime, one introduced by Japanese gaming company Bandai Namco Holdings.An arcade in Oberoi Mall in Mumbai, India's commercial capital, is the country's first amusement facility run by a Japanese company. It opened ...

  • Disney hotel for budget-conscious launching in Japan

    TOKYO -- Tokyo Disneyland operator Oriental Land will open a hotel featuring affordable rates next Wednesday in Chiba Prefecture, the group's fourth in Japan to carry the Disney name.Rooms at Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel will average 30,000 yen ($2...

  • Cup Noodles taking seafood flavor global

    TOKYO -- Nissin Foods Holdings is looking to roll out seafood-flavored instant noodles all around the world as part of its efforts to establish a global brand and bolster its overseas sales.Nissin is well-known in Japan for its Cup Noodle brand of in...

  • Online shopping soars among young Asians

    TOKYO -- Nearly half of young people in Asia shop online at least once a week, with their purchases ranging from water and toilet paper to cosmetics and home appliances, according to a recent Nikkei survey.An overall average of 49.2% of respondents s...

  • Asia's hottest fashions coming to Tokyo

    TOKYO -- Fashion-conscious young women in Japan are increasingly looking to other Asian countries for sartorial inspiration, and Laforet Harajuku is keen to keep pace with their changing tastes.As its first step, the trendy department store, located ...

  • Hungarian treasure gains reputation among gourmands

    NEW YORK -- An old pig is breeding new enthusiasm among carnivorous foodies.Though the world of gourmet pork has long been dominated by famous names like Iberico and Berkshire, the Hungarian delicacy known as Mangalitsa is gaining dedicated followers...

  • South Koreans look to sue Nissan over emissions scandal

    SEOUL -- South Korean consumers are considering a class-action lawsuit against Nissan Motor over allegations that the Japanese automaker manipulated emissions results, a claim the company denies.South Korea's Ministry of Environment has said that Nis...

  • Sanrio betting adults like Doraemon, too

    TOKYO -- Sanrio and Fujiko F. Fujio Pro have joined forces to market products for adults based on the popular animated cat Doraemon, which for decades has been a staple of anime, manga and goods directed at children.The goal is to generate sales of 1...

  • Japan's Keio planning new hotel brand with bigger rooms

    TOKYO -- Keio is developing a new brand of hotel with about 50% more floor space in each guest room than its existing business hotels, hoping to attract families visiting Japan.Rooms will boast 18 sq. meters to 24 sq. meters of floor space and be pri...

  • Gene-altered foods demand fine-grained thinking on safety

    TOKYO -- Advances in biotechnology are giving rise to an ever-broadening array of genetically modified foods, challenging safety screeners and consumers alike to distinguish useful innovations from potential health threats.Such foods have gained a si...

  • Tourists can't save Japan from its consumer demand deficiency

    TOKYO -- Judging solely from recent earnings announcements by major Japanese retailers, one might think the country's consumption picture is brightening. A closer look reveals that the picture is skewed.The aggregate pretax profit of listed retailers...

  • Learning the esoteric art of Japanese customer service

    TOKYO -- iDA Mode Business, a major Japanese specialty temporary staffing agency focusing on fashion businesses, is redoubling efforts to provide staffers who are better able to serve Chinese and other foreign travelers who want to enjoy shopping in ...

  • Sharp to unleash walking, talking robot-smartphone

    OSAKA -- Sharp will sell a miniature robot that doubles as a smartphone starting May 26 in Japan, the electronics maker said Thursday. The new product, named RoBoHoN, taps artificial intelligence and Internet of Things technology to memorize info...

  • Japan companies to sell nursing care equipment online in China

    SHANGHAI -- Five Japanese companies will launch an e-commerce service in China this May for wheelchairs and other equipment used in nursing care, to tap growing demand for high-quality, multifunction products among the country's rapidly aging populat...

  • KidZania opens outlet in Singapore, targeting eager market for children's 'edutainment'

    SINGAPORE -- Mexico-based KidZania opened its first play-and-learn facility in Singapore on Tuesday. It is the company's 23rd outlet in the world and the fifth in Southeast Asia after Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Bangkok. Although a latecomer in...

  • Universal Studios Japan upgrades 'Harry Potter' area

    OSAKA -- Universal Studios Japan opened new attractions based on the "Harry Potter" film franchise on Wednesday, aiming to log another year of record traffic. Visitors purchasing "magic wands" now can simulate spell-casting at certain sites in th...

  • Olam's chicken and egg investment in Nigeria

    SINGAPORE -- Olam International, a diversified Singaporean agri-business company present in 70 countries, is tapping rising consumer demand in Africa with a $150-million investment in Nigeria for integrated animal and fish feed and poultry farming. ...

  • FamilyMart, QL Resources make foray into Malaysia's convenience store business

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian agro-food major QL Resources is making a foray into the consumer market by tying up with Japan's FamilyMart convenience store chain. The move is part of a "long-term investment" to expand its food business amid regional econ...

  • Luxuries found in Japan top China's shopping list

    TOKYO -- Chinese are buying more Japanese luxuries, with pearls and traditional iron kettles becoming especially popular. These goods are selling faster than producers can deliver them, and their market prices are rising. The trend, underpinned b...

  • Hyundai recalls 173,000 Sonata cars in U.S. - filing

    Hyundai Motor Co will recall 173,000 model year 2011 Sonata cars in the U.S. market for a potentially defective power steering system, U.S. safety officials said in a filing on Friday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sa...