BUSINESS

Aug 29
A series of new duty-free stores will open in Ginza, Tokyo, from this autumn to cater to the growing number of foreign customers coming to the shopping district. (The Japan News)
Aug 28
Japan's health ministry has decided to order drug maker Pfizer to revamp its information-sharing system. (NHK)
Aug 27
The design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics official emblem initially submitted by art designer Kenjiro Sano is different from the current one, it was learned Wednesday. (The Japan News)
Aug 27
Streaming-media giant Netflix's planned September entry into the Japanese market has spurred rivals to step up, with Amazon.com set to bring its streaming service for paying members into Japan as well. (Nikkei)
Aug 27
Nippon Life Insurance Co. is in talks with National Australia Bank to buy the bank's insurance business, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
Aug 26
China and Japan are locked in an increasingly heated contest to build Indonesia's first high-speed railway, with the Asian giants sweetening deals and turning up the charm as time runs out to woo Jakarta. (businessinsider.com)
Aug 25
The word gaijin is used in Japan both to describe foreigners, and to suggest their inability to truly understand Japanese culture. The term no doubt came to mind last week when the non-Japanese president of the giant internet firm SoftBank used his own money to place a big bet on the company. (nzherald.co.nz)
Aug 25
Japan's digital music market grew 5 percent in the first half of the year, according to figures released Monday by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. (billboard.com)
Aug 25
The dispute over the emblem for the 2020 Olympic games and its alleged plagiarism continues to simmer in Japan people are still suggesting alternatives to what are currently the most beleaguered geometric shapes in the world. (rocketnews24.com)
Aug 25
Ultrahigh-definition 4K televisions (see below) have become widespread, despite the cautious approach taken by major TV stations that has resulted in very few programs and other content being available in 4K resolution. (The Japan News)
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