BUSINESS

Dec 22
When Manabu Matsumoto took his fiancée to dinner at the Kisuke cow-tongue restaurant in the Japanese city of Sendai recently, the Tokyo couple faced 28 menu choices. (columbian.com)
Dec 21
Japan's second largest oil distributor Idemitsu Kosan is considering acquiring the 5th-ranked Showa Shell Sekiyu through a tender offer. (NHK)
Dec 21
Beer coupons worth a total of 67.9 billion yen have yet to be used by Japanese households, a liquor industry survey revealed Saturday. (Jiji Press)
Dec 20
The government has decided to levy consumption tax on e-books, digital music and other electronic media sold online by overseas vendors from October, according to sources. (The Japan News)
Dec 20
Japanese businesses that ordinarily rely on domestic demand are breathing a sigh of relief as foreign tourists flock to duty-free shops and fast-food restaurants. (Nikkei)
Dec 20
Japan's transport ministry has ordered Hokkaido-based air carrier Airdo to correct its lax safety management. (NHK)
Dec 19
The first filling station in the Kanto area for fuel cell cars that run on compressed hydrogen gas opened in Tokyo's Nerima Ward on Thursday. (Japan Today)
Dec 19
The Japanese Bankers Association said Thursday the banking industry will launch a settlement system to allow instant fund transfers between banks 24 hours a day all year round in Japan from 2018. (Jiji Press)
Dec 18
Tokyo Electric Power Company says it will keep electricity rates unchanged for the next year as it found it can cut costs further. (NHK)
Dec 18
Mouth agape, eyes rolled back, head bobbing - when home is an hour or more away and work continues late into the night, the only place for many Japanese office workers to lay their weary head is against a train car window. (rocketnews24.com)
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