BUSINESS

May 26
A pair of melons produced in the Hokkaido city of Yubari on Thursday fetched a record ¥3 million ($27,240) in the first auction of the harvest season at a Sapporo wholesale market. (Japan Times)
May 26
For years, it's been one of the Tokyo stock market's biggest open secrets: By the time companies reveal their earnings to the public, the most plugged-in traders have known the numbers for weeks. (Japan Times)
May 26
Nissin Foods Holdings is looking to roll out seafood-flavored instant noodles all around the world as part of its efforts to establish a global brand and bolster its overseas sales. (Nikkei)
May 26
Finding early success as an idol singer in Japan opens up the doors to a wealth of other options in the entertainment industry. (rocketnews24.com)
May 26
Toyota Motor plans to boost overseas production and sales. It's building a new passenger car plant in Malaysia. (NHK)
May 25
Central Japan Railway is planning to connect Tokyo and Osaka with super-fast maglev trains, starting in 2045. But government and business people want the new trains sooner. (NHK)
May 25
Toyota said Tuesday it is investing in Uber, making it the latest car company to put money in a ride-hailing app. (Japan Today)
May 25
McDonald's in Aichi Prefecture has unveiled Ogura Soft Hotcakes (the 'soft' refers to the ice cream rather than the pancakes), which will be on the dessert menus of 174 McDonald's outlets in the prefecture from June 6 until an unspecified date at the end of the same month. (rocketnews24.com)
May 24
Struggling Japanese electronics firm Toshiba will cut its capital base by more than 50 percent. (NHK)
May 23
Japanese individual investors are pouring money into real estate as they chase higher returns amid low bond yields and a clouded stock market outlook. (Nikkei)
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