Consumers

  • Japanese wig market faces upheaval

    Industry leaders struggle as thinning hair gains more acceptance

  • Samsung chief's arrest turns up heat on South Korea's Park

    Evidence for bribery allegations provides more ammunition against president

  • Toyota's new plug-in hybrid has much longer range

    Overhauled Prius can go more than twice as far per charge

  • New breed of Japanese pop idols in vogue -- the oddballs

    Eccentric concepts paired with mixed media stand out in a crowded field

  • Komehyo closing 20% of stores after tourist spending crashes

    Japanese secondhand retailer issues dire profit warning

  • India car sales gather steam as cash crunch eases

    Maruti Suzuki, Tata both log 20%-plus jumps for January

  • SoftBank gives robot maid apps in bid for home users

    Telecom group targets families with babysitting, remote functions

  • Ride-hailing businesses face bumpy road in Japan

    Legislative hurdles high, taxi industry mounting fierce objections

  • Reading, drinking, sleeping -- all in one bookshop

    Bookworms, experience-seekers find warm welcome in Tokyo

  • New service has customers making their own rings

    Traditional, wood grain-like material a new option in K.Uno's DIY metalworking offering

  • Japan hotels prep longer-stay sites for experiential travelers

    Mitsui Fudosan's new brand will highlight regional character

  • Nintendo to equip Switch with upgraded web services

    VR also being considered for the new console, chief says

  • Speedy split counters spread to more Japanese McDonald's

    Divided sections for ordering mean millions of customers served faster

  • Jeweler Mikimoto to open remodeled flagship store in June

    Pearl purveyor hoping to attract customers with sparkling new building

  • Retailers hope Premium Friday rains pennies from heaven

    Japan's stores, restaurants to entice spending by workers clocking out early

  • Beverage groups look beyond beer in thirsty Southeast Asia

    Suntory, local players vie to broaden bibbers' horizons

  • Mitsubishi Motors fined $4m-plus over fuel economy lies

    Automaker the first punished under updated Japanese labeling law

  • Sime Darby to spin off plantations, property businesses, list them each

  • No cash, no problem for Alipay shoppers at Japan's Lawson

    Payment platform gives convenience store operator trove of customer data

  • Cyberattacks on home front prompt new lines of defense

    Japanese manufacturers adding safeguards to home security cameras, TVs