Minami Funakoshi

Japanese online brokerage Monex mulls takeover of crypto exchange Coincheck

Apr 03 2018

TOKYO Japanese online brokerage firm Monex Group Inc said on Tuesday it was considering buying Coincheck Inc, the cryptocurrency exchange hit by a high-profile $530 million theft of digital money earlier this year.

Merits of any Takeda bid for Shire questioned, shares slide

Mar 29 2018

TOKYO A potential acquisition of London-listed Shire by Takeda Pharmaceutical was greeted with investor scepticism about its merits on Thursday, with shares in the Japanese drug maker tumbling 7 percent.

Japan's Sony to form alliance to build taxi-hailing system

Feb 20 2018

TOKYO Sony Corp said on Tuesday it would become the latest blue-chip firm to jockey for position in Japan's taxi and ride-hailing market, with plans for a joint venture to develop an artificial intelligence-based hailing system.

Rakuten seeks to boost financial services with $415 million Asahi Fire & Marine deal

Jan 29 2018

TOKYO Japan's Rakuten Inc said it planned to purchase Asahi Fire & Marine Insurance Co Ltd for about $415 million, strengthening its portfolio of financial services as its steps up efforts to diversify beyond conventional online shopping.

Fujitsu in talks to sell mobile phone unit, highlighting fading Japanese presence

Jan 26 2018

Japan's Fujitsu Ltd said on Friday it was in talks about selling its mobile phone business to investment fund Polaris Capital Group, becoming the latest Japanese electronics maker to withdraw from the sector.

Japan Airlines chief, credited with helping steer recovery, to step down

Jan 24 2018

TOKYO Japan Airlines Co (JAL) said President Yoshiharu Ueki, who helped lead the company's recovery from bankruptcy, will be replaced by a senior executive in April, as the carrier looks to profitably win back some of its market share at home.

Corrected: Fretting over savings, Mrs Watanabe turns to bitcoin

Dec 13 2017

(Corrects June 2 story to remove reference to bitcoin's and other cryptocurrencies' status in Japan as "legal tender.")

Japan's "Blade Library" offers joy of blade running to amputees

Oct 17 2017

TOKYO Haruta Saito, a young Japanese amputee who dreams of becoming a Paralympian, remembers strapping on a prosthetic "running blade" for the first time.

More than 60 years on, Japan's mercury-poison victims fight to be heard

Sep 20 2017

MINAMATA, Japan Shinobu Sakamoto was just 15 when she left her home in the southern Japanese fishing village of Minamata to go to Stockholm and tell the world of the horrors of mercury poisoning.

Circle of life: Japan's homeless banish despair through dance

Sep 11 2017

TOKYO Penniless and subsisting only on water for three weeks, Tokyo street-dweller Tokuchika Nishi thought he had come to the end of his life.

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