Yuki Nitta

Itochu launching $5.4 billion tender offer for rest of FamilyMart

09 Jul 2020

TOKYO Japanese trading house Itochu Corp on Wednesday announced a 581 billion yen ($5.4 billion) tender offer for the rest of convenience store FamilyMart Co, seeking full control of a business facing slow growth and tough competition.

Automated rideables roll at Tokyo airport in social distancing play

01 Jul 2020

TOKYO Personal mobility devices to transport passengers with limited mobility are rolling at Tokyo's Haneda Airport, in an automation play for labour shortage-hit Japan that has taken on new urgency as the coronavirus outbreak compels social distancing.

Call centres expose fault line in Japan's pandemic fight

05 May 2020

TOKYO Almost a month after Tokyo declared a state of emergency, dozens of call centre employees for telecom KDDI Corp still commute into their crowded office, where the fear of coronavirus infection has taken a back seat to data security.

UPDATE 2-Japan refiners sees profit hit from lower oil prices amid coronavirus

13 Feb 2020

TOKYO, Feb 13 Two of Japan's biggest refiners said on Thursday their profitability is likely to be hit by the fall in oil prices caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China, which has dampened demand for commodities.

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