BUSINESS

Jul 29
Oriental Land on Thursday reported a net profit of 16.2 billion yen ($155 million) for the April-June quarter, a 5% increase from a year earlier, as visitors flocked to its Tokyo Disney theme parks even as ticket prices kept climbing. (Nikkei)
Jul 29
Toyota Motor Corp. lagged behind Volkswagen AG by global deliveries in the first half of the year, as demand for the newly redesigned Prius hybrid slumped in a U.S. market dominated by trucks and sport utility vehicles. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 28
Nintendo affiliate Pokemon Co. has announced that the Pokemon Go Plus wearable game accessory will not hit the market until September. (Nikkei)
Jul 28
Oedo-Onsen Holdings, a leading operator of Japanese hot-spring hotels, is about to make a splash by offering the world's first real estate investment trust specializing in those resorts. (Nikkei)
Jul 27
The head of Japanese telecom operator Softbank Group says he has briefed British Prime Minister Theresa May on the process of his firm's acquisition of UK-based chip developer ARM Holdings. (NHK)

Jul 25
Japanese companies are increasingly showing support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender customers and employees amid growing recognition of LGBT rights across the country. (Japan Today)
Jul 23
Smartphone game "Pokemon Go" made its debut in Japan on Friday morning. The app - which was distributed in Western markets prior to its release in Japan and surged in popularity - is also likely to be a big hit in the country that gave life to Pokemon. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 23
The Japan launch of Pokemon Go on Friday included the game's first partnership with an outside company: fast-food giant McDonald's. (Japan Today)
Jul 22
At least 80 rental condominiums operated by the Urban Renaissance Agency (UR) were misused by tenants as minpaku rental facilities, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 22
The number of foreign tourists is expected to top 20 million in 2016, but their spending per person is declining. Chinese tourists' "bakugai" shopping sprees for expensive goods have been slowing down, but extended stays in areas other than Tokyo and experiential tours are gaining attention. (the-japan-news.com)

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