Consumers

TCL showed off the T2 console at a product show April 9.

Chinese electronics makers take aim at video game market

GUANGZHOU, China -- After China's decision to lift a 14-year ban on the production and sale of video game consoles, local electronics companies such as TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings and ZTE are entering the fray. On Wednesday, TCL debuted th...

  • 'Tonkotsu' ramen bowling over Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese ramen has a lot of fans throughout Asia, but one variety of this noodle dish -- tonkotsu style -- is proving especially popular, especially among the region's Chinese populace. Tonkotsu, which literally means "pork bones," refe...

  • Japan's Kirin to tap Chinese thirst for milk

    TOKYO -- Kirin Holdings will start offering milk in China as early as June to capitalize on the country's growing demand for high-quality dairy beverages. The Japanese company will sell ultra-high-temperature processed milk, or long-life milk, wh...

  • Takashimaya plans 2 more department stores for Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Takashimaya, which operates a chain of department stores, is considering opening two more in Southeast Asia as early as 2017, President Shigeru Kimoto said in an interview with The Nikkei on Friday. The Japanese company already runs a st...

  • Brokers see gold mine in stalled solar power projects

    TOKYO -- As solar power projects hit snags across Japan, brokers have stepped in to scoop up preferred rights to sell electricity and hawk them at exorbitant prices. According to an official at a construction company, a broker sought 500 million ...

  • Ajinomoto to pepper Pakistan with namesake MSG, other seasonings

    TOKYO/MUMBAI -- Ajinomoto will establish a subsidiary in Pakistan as early as next year to tempt the taste buds of the nation's nearly 200 million citizens with its namesake brand of monosodium glutamate flavoring and other seasonings. This repre...

  • Docomo to offer Japan's first family data plans

    TOKYO -- NTT Docomo announced Thursday that it will introduce Japan's first shared data plans for families in June, marking a pivot away from voice services as data usage skyrockets. Data accounts for more than 60% of Docomo's revenue from commun...

  • Japan's first halal fund to aid food exports to Muslim nations

    TOKYO -- A first-of-its-kind investment fund in Japan will provide money to local companies offering products and services that conform to Islamic law, with a focus on helping food producers export to markets with large Muslim populations. The fu...

  • With food court, Narita says 'sayonara' to pricey airport dining

    CHIBA, Japan -- The operator of Japan's Narita Airport will set up a large self-service food court inside a new terminal for low-cost carriers. The move is part of Narita International Airport Corp.'s fight to lure travelers back from Haneda Airp...

  • China's UnionPay partnering with Japan megabanks on card services

    SHANGHAI -- UnionPay, China's leading bank-card company, has been pairing up with the Chinese units of Japanese megabanks to tap business among the growing number of Japanese retailers and restaurant operators coming to the country. The Shanghai-...

  • Jollibee shows Philippines' hunger for global growth

    TOKYO -- Many Filipino children no doubt dream of having their next birthday at a Jollibee. The fast-food chain itself is pursuing bigger, international aspirations. With around 800 stores in the Philippines, Jollibee Foods has branched out into ...

  • Air China adds direct service to Yangon

    BEIJING -- Air China has started direct flights to Yangon, Myanmar's largest city. Four flights per week have been added between Beijing and Yangon, while a route between Chengdu and Yangon with a stop in Kunming will be serviced daily. Many ...

  • Asus to release $99 smartphone

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese PC maker Asustek Computer rolled out the new ZenFone smartphone series in its home market Tuesday, with the lowest-end model expected to carry a price tag of just $99. The series includes handsets with 4-, 5- and 6-inch screen...

  • Docomo to offer family discount on data plans

    TOKYO -- NTT Docomo is considering revamping its prices for smartphone data services as early as June, offering a family discount that could effectively halve the price per user. A high-speed-data plan of up to 3 gigabytes currently costs 4,700 y...

  • Sony's new camera so sensitive, moonlit pics are a snap

    TOKYO -- Sony has unveiled the world's most sensitive interchangeable-lens digital camera in the U.S. at the National Association of Broadcasters' NAB Show in Las Vegas. A new full-frame image sensor lets the alpha7S shoot pictures with a sensiti...

  • Amazon Japan to sell beer, booze in challenge to supermarkets

    NAGOYA -- Amazon Japan will add alcoholic beverages to its vast array of merchandise available online, starting on Tuesday. Alcoholic drinks have been available via individual retailers on its website, but Amazon itself has not sold them. Sta...

  • Japanese travel agency H.I.S. plans major expansion in Indonesia

    TOKYO -- H.I.S. plans to boost its presence in Indonesia to 200 locations, up from just six at present, as the leading Japanese travel company aims to garner 20-30% of the local market for overseas travel. The travel agency will team with Telkom ...

  • Consumer turnout mixed after Japan's sales tax hike

    TOKYO -- Car dealerships and department stores saw a noticeable drop in business the first weekend after the 5% consumption tax went up to 8%. But electronics retailers fared less badly than they had feared, while theme parks and movie theaters drew ...

  • Australians hop on motorbikes to avoid traffic, parking hassles

    SYDNEY -- Australians are taking to motorcycles in droves as people in crowded coastal cities look for ways to weave their way through traffic and free themselves from parking headaches. The number of motorcycle registrations has risen steadily i...

  • Why meat from whales hunted for research is sold in Japan

    TOKYO -- Japan has grudgingly decided to stop whaling in the Antarctic Ocean after the International Court of Justice in The Hague recently ruled that Japan is hunting the mammals for their meat, and not for scientific research as it claims. The cour...