Telecom firms introduce cellphone SIM cards for foreign tourists
Telecom firms introduce cellphone SIM cards for foreign tourists
Telecom companies are scrambling to introduce prepaid mobile phone SIM cards for foreign visitors ahead of an anticipated surge of tourists for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Aeon to operate day-care centers in outlets for employees
Aeon to operate day-care centers in outlets for employees
Retailer Aeon Co. plans to introduce private day-care centers in its major outlets throughout the country to allow employees with child-care needs to work without anxieties.
The Asahi Shimbun
Railway consortium mounts 'all-Japan' effort to market Shinkansen overseas
Railway companies, manufacturers and industry groups have banded together to link up efforts to dispatch Japan's bullet-train technology overseas.
So-net Corp.'s prepaid data SIM cards for foreign tourists can be purchased from a vending machine at Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture. (Provided by So-net Corp.)
Telecom firms introduce cellphone SIM cards for foreign tourists
Telecom companies are scrambling to introduce prepaid mobile phone SIM cards for foreign visitors ahead of an anticipated surge of tourists for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
The Aeon Mall Makuhari New City commercial facility in Chiba. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Aeon to operate day-care centers in outlets for employees
Retailer Aeon Co. plans to introduce private day-care centers in its major outlets throughout the country to allow employees with child-care needs to work without anxieties.
A Suzuki Motor Corp. dealership in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture (Dai Narusawa)
Sales tax hike, soaring gas prices put brakes on Suzuki's minivehicle business
HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka Prefecture--Despite strong earnings earlier this year, Suzuki Motor Corp.'s minivehicle business has taken a severe downturn due to the consumption tax hike in April.
Rendering of the Himawari-8 in orbit (Provided by Mitsubishi Electric Corp.)
Mitsubishi Electric ready to deliver the Himawari-8 for launch in October
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. announced Aug. 22 that it has completed work on the Himawari-8 satellite, the next-generation geostationary meteorological satellite, based on a contract awarded by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
The packaging of the PAYG SIM (Provided by Japan Communications Inc.)
JCI's prepaid SIM lets foreign tourists use overseas phones
Foreign visitors on short stay in Japan can now purchase a prepaid SIM (subscriber identity module) from Japan Communications Inc.
Tokyo Monorail Co.’s monorail departing from Monorail Hamamatsucho Station in Tokyo’s Minato Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Monorail plans quicker link to Haneda Airport
Tokyo Monorail Co. is considering extending its line from Monorail Hamamatsucho Station to JR Tokyo Station to give travelers faster and more convenient access to Haneda Airport.
Interior view of the MAXIEZ elevator (Provided by Mitsubishi Electric Corp.)
Mitsubishi Electric opens first of two new elevator plants in China
One of Mitsubishi Electric Corp.’s elevator and escalator manufacturing companies in China has begun operating its third factory and will complete a fourth by July 2015, the company said Aug. 21.
Mitsui to acquire DuPont assets for agrochemical fungicide
Mitsui & Co. said it has reached an agreement with DuPont to acquire the global business operations of the U.S. chemical giant's copper fungicide Kocide.
The Asahi Shimbun
JR East plans to open new line linking Haneda Airport with central Tokyo
East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) announced Aug. 19 that it plans to open a faster rail line that will transport passengers to Tokyo, Shinjuku and Shin-Kiba stations from Haneda Airport.
Toyota Motor Corp. earlier said Chinese anti-monopoly authorities are looking into its Lexus luxury car division.
China fines 12 Japan auto parts firms $202 million in anti-monopoly probe
BEIJING--China announced Aug. 20 it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry.
Foreign tourists in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, on Aug. 19 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Foreign visitors to Japan surge to record 1.27 million in July
A record 1,269,700 foreign tourists traveled to Japan in July, partly due to large Chinese cruise ships visiting the nation’s ports and an increase in international flights, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Aug. 20.
Tanaka Kikinzoku develops low-cost test to detect diabetes
Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo KK has developed a highly sensitive screening kit enabling simple testing to detect diabetes in about 10 minutes by using colloidal gold, it was announced Aug. 19.
A farmer harvests rice in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, in October 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Singapore a springboard to expand 1st rice exports from Fukushima since disaster
Rice grown in Fukushima Prefecture will be exported in late August for the first time since the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
The Nonfryer Plus HD9530 (Provided by Philips Electronics Japan Ltd.)
Philips Electronics to market upgraded oil-free fryer in Japan
Philips Electronics Japan Ltd. announced on Aug. 19 that it will release a new oil-free air fryer in early September in Japan.
SMBC to purchase shares in Cambodia's ACLEDA Bank
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. will acquire 12.25 percent of the shares in ACLEDA Bank Plc., the largest bank in Cambodia.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Mercedes, newest automaker to face charges of violating China's anti-monopoly laws
BEIJING--China's government said on Aug. 18 it has concluded Mercedes-Benz violated anti-monopoly law and charged excessive prices for parts, adding to a growing number of global automakers snared in an investigation of the industry.
"Monster Strike" (Provided by mixi Inc.)
‘Monster Strike’ game app players exceed 11 million
The number of players of the popular smartphone game “Monster Strike” exceeded 11 million this month, the game’s developer, mixi Inc., said on Aug. 15.
The operation center for the new monitoring system in the city of Tigre in Buenos Aires province (Provided by NEC Corp.)
Argentine city introduces NEC face-recognition software to monitor public spaces
Computer maker NEC Corp. said Aug. 18 that the Argentine city of Tigre in Buenos Aires province has introduced its next-generation face-recognition software system to monitor people in train stations and other public places.
A Chinese visitor carefully examines Japanese-made rice cookers at a shop in Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture. (Ryuji Nakagawa)
Chinese won over by Japanese rice line up to buy rice cookers at Osaka airport
Just before noon on a recent day, a crowd of mostly Chinese tourists formed around a souvenir shop at Terminal 1 of Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture.

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