It's become a piece of cake (sorry, sushi) to sell Japanese food abroad
It's become a piece of cake (sorry, sushi) to sell Japanese food abroad
For starters it was the raw fish that was reeling in the customers, but now foreigners are drowning in their desire to slurp down pork-bone soup.
Follow the money ... all the way to the renovated Currency Museum
Follow the money ... all the way to the renovated Currency Museum
The Currency Museum in Tokyo has splashed the cash on major changes to lure visitors who still don't have to pay a penny to get in.
Locals dine at a Japanese restaurant in Singapore in 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
It's become a piece of cake (sorry, sushi) to sell Japanese food abroad
For starters it was the raw fish that was reeling in the customers, but now foreigners are drowning in their desire to slurp down pork-bone soup.
An illustration of the corner in the Currency Museum where commemorative photos can be taken (Provided by the Bank of Japan)
Follow the money ... all the way to the renovated Currency Museum
The Currency Museum in Tokyo has splashed the cash on major changes to lure visitors who still don't have to pay a penny to get in.
Hiroshi Mikitani, president of Rakuten Inc. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Online retailer Rakuten to plug into power sales to business clients
Rakuten Inc. plans to sell electricity to businesses at discount rates as early as next year and also hopes to expand the service to households following industry deregulation scheduled for next spring, sources said.
Tim Leslie, vice president of Amazon.com Inc., during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun on Aug. 26 (Yuriko Suzuki)
Amazon to offer unlimited video streaming service in Japan in September
U.S. online retail giant Amazon.com Inc. will give its Prime members in Japan unlimited streaming access to movies, TV shows and other videos at no additional cost starting in September.
Nippon Life Insurance Co. headquarters in Osaka's Chuo Ward (Kazumi Tako)
Shakeup of life insurance industry sees companies turning to overseas
Japanese life insurance companies are making inroads into the United States, the largest market for the industry, as part of a shakeup on the home front.
Mos Food Services Inc.’s special hamburger for its restaurants in Taiwan features a locally-produced pineapple. (Provided by Mos Food Services Inc.)
Japanese fast-food chains target local taste buds in Asian markets
Pineapples, apricots and grapes are among the ingredients that Japanese fast-food hamburger chains are using in their “localized” products for consumers at home and abroad.
Chieko Asakawa, a fellow at IBM Japan Ltd., tests a voice guidance system developed with Shimizu Corp. for visually impaired people. (Yuji Shimoyama)
Smartphone-based audio guide aimed at visually impaired
Shimizu Corp. and IBM Japan Ltd. jointly developed a smartphone app to help visually impaired people navigate stairs, corridors, doors and other obstacles in buildings and underground shopping complexes.
Omron Corp.’s Kazoku Mesen monitoring system sends images and notifications of a baby’s condition to the user’s smartphone. (Tetsushi Yamamura)
Absent parents can watch over babies via smartphone
A camera sensor device that monitors facial expressions, body movements and cries of a baby and transmits the data to an absent parent through a smartphone or tablet will go on sale Sept. 11.
Netflix Inc.'s home page (Provided by Netflix)
Netflix eyes smartphone users in Japan, announces video-streaming fees
Internet streaming giant Netflix Inc. has set its sights on Japanese smartphone users with the cheapest plan priced at 702 yen ($5.80) per month when it launches in Japan on Sept. 2.
Contemporary artist Sputniko! poses next to the dress she designed that is woven of genetically altered glowing silk at the farm ministry building in Tokyo on Aug. 24. (Photographed using a yellow filter) (Shigeo Ohata)
Flash look: Dress made of genetically altered glowing silk on display in Tokyo
A dress woven with genetically modified silk that glows in the dark is on display at the farm ministry building in Tokyo's Kasumigaseki district.
A helicopter-style drone developed by Sony Mobile Communications Inc. and ZMP Inc. is shown on Aug. 24 in Tokyo’s Minato Ward. (Shinya Takagi)
Major firms making forays into drone market to woo construction industry
Major Japanese manufacturers are stepping up efforts to develop commercial drone services for the construction industry that would reduce the amount of labor needed and costs for building projects.
A man takes a photo of an electronic stock indicator at a securities firm in Tokyo on Aug. 25. (AP Photo)
China's stock index sinks 7.6%; Japan's also down
BEIJING--China's stock-market index tumbled for a fourth day, falling 7.6 percent on Aug. 25 to an eight-month low. Japanese stocks also fell, but other Asian markets rebounded after a day of heavy global losses, and European markets also bounced back in early trading.
A foreign tourist makes a consumption tax-free purchase at an outlet in Tokyo's Taito Ward. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Purchase amount may be lowered in half for foreign tourists seeking sales tax break
To encourage even greater spending by foreign tourists, the tourism agency is considering a plan to lower the purchase amounts eligible for consumption tax exemptions.
Yuji Horii unveils "Dragon Quest XI" at a Tokyo news conference on July 28. (Shinya Takagi)
'Dragon Quest XI' goes offline for 3DS, PS4 by May 2017
"Dragon Quest XI" is set for release no later than May 2017, Square Enix Co. announced.
A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo on Aug. 24 as stocks fell in early trading. (AP Photo)
China share collapse drives panic selling in Asian markets
Stocks tumbled across Asia on Aug. 24 with China's main index losing 8.5 percent in tumultuous trading as investors panicked by uncertainty over the economic outlook unloaded shares in practically every sector.
A package of the new Pocky Chocolate to be released in September (Saki Mizoroki)
With Pocky about to turn 50, Ezaki Glico looks to rival global snack brands
OSAKA--Japan’s iconic chocolate-coated pretzel sticks Pocky will boast enhanced flavors and package designs of its five leading products in September to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.
The Sunny Solar Fukushima Central Plant in Sukagawa, central Fukushima Prefecture, is built on a closed golf course. (Satoru Semba)
PHOTO: Going green on the golf course
SUKAGAWA, Fukushima Prefecture--The fairways are gone and in their place are now 105,000 gleaming solar panels.
Current model of Suzuki Motor Corp.'s small car Solio (Provided by Suzuki Motor Corp.)
Suzuki to roll out 1st full hybrid car in December
Suzuki Motor Corp. announced that it will release its first full-fledged hybrid vehicle as early as December.
An employee at a Uniqlo casual clothing outlet (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Uniqlo to introduce optional 4-day work week
Fast Retailing Co. will allow employees at its Uniqlo casual clothing chain in Japan to shift to a four-day work week starting in October.
A subway station heavily damaged by the huge chemical explosions in Tianjin, China, on Aug. 12 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Toyota extends halt in Tianjin operations due to safety concerns
Toyota Motor Corp. said on Aug. 19 its operations near the Chinese port of Tianjin will remain closed at least until Aug. 23, extending a suspension originally set through Aug. 19, due to safety concerns after last week's deadly chemical explosions in the area.

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