BUSINESS

Aug 02
The surprise offer for T-Mobile US by France's Iliad could prolong negotiations underway by Japan's SoftBank, which is scrambling to wrap up a deal with the U.S. mobile provider's parent, Deutsche Telekom. (Nikkei)
Aug 02
Sharp Corp. said Friday that sales and operating profit in the first quarter rose from the same period a year ago, thanks to continued streamlining and steady sales of LCD-related products that contributed toward its recovery. (Japan Times)
Aug 02
Tax authorities have found that KDDI Corp. failed to declare about Y15.9 billion in taxable income for the five years to March 2013, it has been learned. (The Japan News)
Aug 02
The Sukiya gyudon restaurant chain should eliminate its exploitative practice of having only a single staff member run the midnight shift, a third-party panel said. (The Japan News)
Aug 01
The Consumer Affairs Agency has issued a warning to consumers to be careful when using topical coolant skin sprays after a number of cases in which people sustained serious burns after the spray ignited. (Japan Today)
Aug 01
Panasonic has been scaling back investment under President Kazuhiro Tsuga but seems ready for a reversal, as suggested by its plans announced Thursday to build a lithium-ion battery plant in collaboration with U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors. (Nikkei)
Aug 01
Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry issued a business improvement order on Thursday to Novartis Pharma K.K. for its failure to report serious side effects of its leukemia treatment drugs. (Jiji Press)
Aug 01
Japan-based messaging app Line Corp saw second-quarter revenue jump by more than half, fuelled by growth outside its home market, in a boost to the service's plans for an initial public offering that could value the firm at up to $20 billion. (Reuters)
Jul 31
Hokkaido Electric Power Co. <9509> applied for government approval Thursday of its plan to raise electricity rates for households by 17.03 pct on average, the first hike since September last year. (Jiji Press)
Jul 31
McDonald's restaurants in Japan are turning to time-honoured Asian soul food-tofu-as the chain scrambles to minimise the damage from an embarrassing tainted meat scandal in China. (Japan Today)
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