BOJ expands stimulus to shore up shaky recovery
BOJ expands stimulus to shore up shaky recovery
Japan's central bank expanded its asset purchases in a surprise move on Oct. 31 to shore up sagging growth in the world's No. 3 economy.
Tokyo Disneyland to double size of fairy tale-themed 'Fantasyland'
Tokyo Disneyland to double size of fairy tale-themed 'Fantasyland'
URAYASU, Chiba Prefecture--The operator of Tokyo Disneyland announced Oct. 30 a major redevelopment of "Fantasyland," arguably the most popular section of the theme park with...
4K TV sets are on display at a special corner set up for Sony Corp. products at this Best Buy outlet in the suburbs of Los Angeles. (Tomoyuki Izawa)
DECLINE OF A GIANT: Inflated with success, Sony bungled strategy for flat-screen TV sets
Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part series on the troubles facing Sony Corp.
SIM cards installed in cellphones and smartphones sold by Japanese carriers are currently locked. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Rule on SIM cards to bring greater freedom for cellphone users
Cellphone and smartphone users in Japan will be able to switch carriers with greater ease in May under new rules requiring service providers to sell the devices without locking them to specific networks.
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, right, and Finance Minister Taro Aso during a news conference in Washington on Oct. 11 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BOJ expands stimulus to shore up shaky recovery
Japan's central bank expanded its asset purchases in a surprise move on Oct. 31 to shore up sagging growth in the world's No. 3 economy.
An artist's rendition of Tokyo Disneyland's "Fantasyland" after a planned expansion (Provided by Oriental Land Co.)
Tokyo Disneyland to double size of fairy tale-themed 'Fantasyland'
URAYASU, Chiba Prefecture--The operator of Tokyo Disneyland announced Oct. 30 a major redevelopment of "Fantasyland," arguably the most popular section of the theme park with children.
Customers check out prices at a supermarket in Nagoya. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Inflation slips, joblessness edges higher in September as central bank mulls stimulus
Japan's economic recovery remained in the doldrums in September, as household spending fell, inflation edged lower and unemployment ticked up.
Bandai in joint venture to launch overseas online anime streaming service
Bandai Namco Holdings Inc., Asatsu-DK Inc. (ADK) and Aniplex Inc. will jointly set up a new company to stream Japanese anime content overseas via the Internet.
Representatives of operators of the Isumi Railway and the Jiji Line celebrate their sister railway agreement at Taipei Station in Taipei on Oct. 28. (Takeshi Owada)
Japan-Taiwan railway tie-up to give passengers a ticket to ride
TAIPEI--A Japanese rail operator has formed a sister relationship with its counterpart in Taiwan to make tickets interchangeable on both railways in the future.
Softbank Corp.’s humanoid robot “Pepper” attends to a customer at a home appliances store. The robot is being employed to sell Nestle Japan’s new coffee machines. (Provided by Nestle Japan Ltd.)
Robotic store clerk 'Pepper' to sell Nestle Japan’s coffee machines
Nestle Japan Ltd. is replacing human sales staff with a cute, humanoid robot in a marketing ploy to pitch and sell its coffee machines.
“Ring” is available on Logbar Inc.’s website. (Provided by Logbar Inc.)
Logbar’s ‘Ring’ controls electronics with finger movements
A Tokyo-based venture company has developed a ring that enables the wearer to control electric devices through simple finger gestures detected by smartphones.
PT. Kewpie Indonesia (Provided by Kewpie Corp.)
Kewpie to ship mayonnaise, salad dressings for Indonesian market
Kewpie Corp.’s Indonesian subsidiary will start shipping four kinds of mayonnaise, five dressing products and three cooking sauces for business use in the Indonesian market on Nov. 3, the Tokyo-based company said Oct. 30.
Daiwa House Industry Co. President Naotake Ohno (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Daiwa, Ritsumeikan develop method to decontaminate oil-polluted land
Daiwa House Industry Co. and Ritsumeikan University have jointly developed a technique to decontaminate oil-polluted soil with carbon and oil-degrading bacteria, the company said on Oct. 29.
ZenFone 5 (Provided by ASUSTek Computer Inc.)
Rakuten group starts low-price mobile phone service
A group company of online shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. started a low-price mobile phone service on Oct. 29.
A Honda HR-V (Provided by Honda Motor Co.)
Honda to stage world premiere of all-new HR-V at Brazil motor show
Honda Motor Co. announced on Oct. 29 that Honda South America Ltda. will unveil a mass-production version of the all-new HR-V for Brazil (known as the Vezel in Japan), as well as a CR-V that underwent a mid-cycle refresh, at the 2014 Sao Paulo International Motor Show.
Zenrin Co. is using cameras and lasers to develop highly accurate 3-D maps for autonomous-vehicle navigation. (Provided by Zenrin Co.)
Zenrin producing detailed 3-D road map for coming age of self-driving cars
KITA-KYUSHU--Zenrin Co., a major player in map-related information, is developing a highly accurate 3-D map using cameras and lasers to help vehicles navigate autonomously.
Whisky bottles commemorating the Year of the Sheep are produced at the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery in Shimamoto, Osaka Prefecture. (Kazutaka Kamizawa)
PHOTO: Suntory prepares porcelain flock of bottles for Year of the Sheep
SHIMAMOTO, Osaka Prefecture--Flocks of sheep-shaped whisky bottles rolled along production lines on Oct. 27 at Suntory's Yamazaki plant as the distilling giant prepares for the Year of the Sheep.
Fujitsu, FPT to collaborate on IT-based agricultural project in Vietnam
Fujitsu Ltd. and Vietnam's FPT Corp. announced Oct. 28 that they will team up for a field trial of Fujitsu's food and agricultural cloud service in the Southeast Asian nation.
The Nouvo SX (Provided by Yamaha Motor Co.)
Yamaha to release new premium Nouvo SX scooter in Vietnam
Yamaha Motor Co. announced Oct. 28 that it will roll out a new premium sports scooter in Vietnam in November.
Masayoshi Son, chairman and CEO of Softbank Corp. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Softbank to invest $627 million in India's Snapdeal
The Softbank Group will invest $627 million (67.7 billion yen) to hold the largest stake in Snapdeal, the fastest growing and biggest online marketplace in India, the Japanese company said Oct. 28.
Akira Amari, Japan's state minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Pacific trade talks progress, but gap remains between U.S., Japan
SYDNEY--Negotiations for an ambitious trade pact among Pacific countries made significant progress over the weekend but there is still a gap between Japan and the United States over market access and other hurdles, trade representatives said on Oct. 27.
Panasonic shows home appliances aimed at senior citizens on Sept. 17. (Kohei Kondo)
In shrinking Japan, appliance makers target one growing market
From rice cookers to air conditioners, major home appliance makers are rolling out easy-to-use but more expensive products for senior citizens, a market that is expected to expand for decades.

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