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Rakuten mulls new cell phone venture: sources

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani speaks during a news conference in Tokyo in October. | BLOOMBERG

Rakuten Inc. is considering entering Japan’s mobile telecommunications market, taking on an industry currently dominated by the country’s three major carriers, sources familiar with the...

WTO summit ends without substantial deals after U.S. criticism and snub of leadership role

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo gestures during the closing ceremony of the group's conference in Buenos Aires on Wednesday. | AFP-JIJI

A World Trade Organization conference dampened from the start by criticism from the United States ended Wednesday without any substantial agreements — the first in ...

Japanese space startup raises ¥10.2 billion toward 2020 moonshot effort

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

An employee looks at a concept model of Ispace Inc.'s lunar lander during a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday. Tokyo-based Ispace said it raised ¥10.2 billion from some of the country's biggest businesses, including Japan Airlines Co. and Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings Inc. | BLOOMBERG

Japanese companies are planning to kick-start the lunar economy by backing a local startup’s mission to land on the moon by 2020.Tokyo-based Ispace Inc. said ...

Tepco, Nissan test ‘virtual power plant’ made from EV batteries

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Tokyo Electric and Nissan Motor Co. are testing what they claim is Japan’s first demonstration of a power system that uses electric vehicle batteries to ...

Tokyu Land leads development of high-rise condo in Indonesia

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Tokyu Land Corp. is developing a high-rise condominium complex in Jakarta aided by a team of Japanese companies overseeing the architecture, interior design, sales and ...

Driverless van taken on remote-controlled road test in town in Aichi

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

In the first test of its kind in Japan, a remote-controlled vehicle was tested Thursday on a public road in Aichi Prefecture, home to Toyota ...

Don Quijote founder plans more price-busting openings across Asia

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

After launching its first Don Quijote outlet in Singapore on Dec. 1, the Japanese discount retailer plans to expand with even more outlets in Asia, ...

Tokyo-based businessman arrested for alleged illegal exports to North Korea

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

A business executive and two others were arrested Thursday for allegedly exporting food and other items to North Korea in violation of the government’s export ...

Toshiba, Western Digital reach settlement to end legal battle over chip unit’s sale

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2017

Toshiba Corp. announced Wednesday its partner, Western Digital Corp., has agreed to drop its legal action aimed at blocking the sale of Toshiba's chip unit. | BLOOMBERG

Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday it has reached a settlement with U.S. joint venture partner Western Digital Corp. over the sale of its chip unit, ending ...

Sagawa Express parent firm makes strong debut on Tokyo bourse

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2017

Eiichi Kuriwada, chairman of SG Holdings Co., rings the bell Wednesday during a ceremony marking the company's listing on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. | KYODO

The parent company of Sagawa Express Co., a major parcel delivery service, made a strong debut on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Wednesday in the ...

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