BUSINESS

Jan 24
Japanese merchants accepting bitcoin payments could quintuple to 20,000 this year, looking to cater to foreign visitors' digital wallets as the virtual currency spreads. (Nikkei)
Jan 23
The Japanese government wants city governments and cruise ship operators to join hands in building large harbors exclusively for cruise ships, eyeing an economic boost through increased tourism. (Nikkei)
Jan 21
The manufacturer of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet plans to postpone its first delivery until mid-2020. (NHK)
Jan 20
Mori Building, a leading urban landscape developer, will start constructing two new skyscrapers at Toranomon Hills, one for business beginning in February and the other for residences beginning in March. (Japan Today)
Jan 19
Toshiba Corp. has sought financial assistance from the state-owned Development Bank of Japan as it expects an asset impairment loss of up to 700 billion yen ($6.17 billion) from its U.S. nuclear business, sources close to the matter said Thursday. (Kyodo)

Jan 19
Dentsu Inc. decided Thursday to promote Senior Vice President Toshihiro Yamamoto to president, replacing Tadashi Ishii who will step down to take responsibility for the overwork-related suicide of a young employee. (Japan Times)
Jan 19
Three days off per week are increasingly common in Japan's workplaces as employers seek to improve the work-life balance in line with the government's push for labor reform. (Nikkei)
Jan 18
Japan's Justice Ministry is considering easing the requirements for permanent residence for highly-skilled foreign professionals. (NHK)
Jan 18
Shiga Prefecture is to suspend advertising giant Dentsu from taking part in bids for projects that the region commissions. (NHK)
Jan 18
Japanese manufacturers of toilet seats with warm-water sprays will standardize the pictograms on their operating buttons to help foreign tourists. (NHK)

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