BUSINESS

Apr 26
Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing is launching a counteroffensive against Amazon.com and other rivals in the online fashion market, using its vast network of real-world stores to differentiate itself. (Nikkei)
Apr 26
NHK has learned that Kobe Steel submitted to the Tokyo District Prosecutors Office documents related to the firm's falsified product inspection data. (NHK)
Apr 25
Tsuburaya Productions Co.., the producer of the television series featuring Japanese superhero Ultraman, said Tuesday a California court has ruled that an alleged contract on the use rights of Ultraman outside Japan is not authentic. (Jiji)
Apr 21
The Tokyo metropolitan government aims to ban indoor smoking at all restaurants with employees in the Japanese capital, Governor Yuriko Koike said Friday. (Jiji)
Apr 21
A company that developed a smartphone application for the Japanese board game shogi has been listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. But the initial public offering ended without an opening price as there were too many orders to buy its shares. (NHK)

Apr 21
Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical has proposed to buy Irish competitor Shire for over 60 billion dollars. If completed, the deal would be one of the biggest acquisitions of a foreign firm by a Japanese company. (NHK)
Apr 20
NHK has learned that the operator of a popular app used for buying and selling goods in Japan is expected to be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. (NHK)
Apr 19
Japanese tax authorities have found that Softbank Group Corp. <9984> failed to declare 93.9 billion yen in taxable income over the four years through March 2016, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji)
Apr 18
Major Japanese advertising agency Dentsu Inc. will introduce a uniform monthly day off on a trial basis from June, aiming to improve productivity by allowing more private time for its workers. (Japan Times)
Apr 17
A pair of premium mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture fetched a record-matching ¥400,000 at the season’s first wholesale auction Monday. (Japan Times)

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