Perhaps all corporate meetings should be like this one, where 15 employees break into groups of four or five and sometimes discuss a new kind of beer one of them has tried. (Photo by Junya Hirokawa)

Hoshino Resorts has right prescription for old Aomori inn

Guests keep coming back for ever-changing assortment of experiences

  • China wants to burn less coal

    Government pushing big state-owned power companies to merge

  • Thai food makers serving up feast for pampered pets

    Thai Union, Betagro tap rapid growth in pet food market

  • China's seniors enjoying second youth

    Demographic shifts see retirees with time and money to kick back

  • Industry disruptions send Toyota, GM down different paths

    Japanese carmaker enlists top minds to hone AI while US rival shifts to services

  • Promises and pitfalls in Cambodia's online business world

    Young and growing internet population could mean opportunities for investors

  • Seeing AI as a tool that intrinsically benefits humanity

    AlphaGo shows man-machine cohabitation is on the first rung of the right ladder

  • Interview

    Human brain is entirely 'computable' -- AlphaGo developer Hassabis

    DeepMind founder sees AI as 'amazing tool' but measures needed to prevent abuse

  • Bic Camera and the new face of Akihabara

    A neighborhood known for maid cafes tries to attract female shoppers

  • Japan enters the 5G mega-competition

    NTT Docomo among those hoping to be ahead of pack by 2020

  • Disrupted by e-tailers, Japan's Isetan Mitsukoshi drifts

    The operator of posh department stores might need a new line of work

  • Cheap fuels seen lowering electricity rates in Japan

    LNG, coal prices drift downward as supply constraints ease

  • Affordable helicopter taxis to beat Jakarta gridlocks

    Grab, Uber among those showing interest in aerial transport solutions

  • Political storm brewing for Darjeeling tea

    Repeated strikes hit industry hard, impact on prices expected

  • Beijing targets China's biggest overseas deal-makers

    Wanda, Fosun, others under investigation; shares nonetheless rebound

  • Japan SMEs find prime hunting grounds in Southeast Asia

    Nearly half of the JBIC's loans go to smaller businesses

  • Yaskawa Electric among robot makers boosting output

    Rising demand sparks expansion by Japanese producers in China

  • Sales wars heat up in China's cross-border e-tailing

    Alibaba's rivals wield discounts to capture share of growing market

  • Japanese midtier startups outpace blue-chips' growth

    Resisting deflation and adapting to a changing market are keys to success

  • Nippon Steel chief says shift to market coal rate boosts transparency

    But company will retain steel price negotiations for automakers