BUSINESS

Oct 31
The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry plans to prohibit electricity retailers from excessively advertising that their electricity is generated from renewable energy sources, beginning April 2016, if they use the so-called feed-in tariff system for renewable energy, according to sources. (The Japan News)
Oct 31
Food giant Nestle said Wednesday that its Japan unit plans to hire 1,000 robots as sales clerks at stores across the country. (Japan Times)
Oct 31
Japanese eel farmers established a farming control organization on Thursday to strengthen the management of stocks of the endangered Japanese eel. (Jiji Press)
Oct 30
Online shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. said Wednesday that its telecommunications unit Fusion Communications Corp. will launch a low-cost smartphone service. (The Japan News)
Oct 30
Skymark Airlines is expected to post a parent-only net loss of more than 10 billion yen ($91 million) for the year ending March 2015, battered by stiff competition with low-cost carriers and higher fuel costs. (Nikkei)
Oct 29
SoftBank announced Tuesday that it will invest $627 million in leading Indian e-retailer Snapdeal, just the tip of the iceberg on a plan to pour about $10 billion into the country's burgeoning Internet sector over the next decade. (Nikkei)
Oct 29
Major restaurant chain Colowide Co. said Monday it will acquire slumping conveyer-belt sushi restaurant operator Kappa Create Holdings Co. (The Japan News)
Oct 28
The emerging crisis over air bags traces back to a little-known Japanese company that for over 20 years has supplied the safety devices to automakers including Toyota, Honda and General Motors. (stltoday.com)
Oct 28
Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, Monday reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year. (The Japan News)
Oct 27
The model for retailing to a rapidly aging population resides on the fourth floor of a busy emporium on the eastern edge of metropolitan Tokyo. (theglobeandmail.com)
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