BUSINESS

May 25
Japanese electrical appliance store chain Yamada Denki Co. will close 46 money-losing stores in Japan by the end of May to focus on urban areas where strong demand from foreign visitors is expected, company officials said Sunday. (Kyodo)
May 23
About 1,000 people lined up for the opening of Starbucks in Tottori City on Saturday morning. Tottori Prefecture was the final frontier for the popular coffee shop chain that now has more than 1,000 stores in Japan's 47 prefectures. (Japan Today)
May 22
A pair of premium melons from Hokkaido, northern Japan, has fetched a price of 1.5 million yen, or about 12,500 dollars, in this year's first auction for the fruit. (NHK)
May 22
Jetstar Asia Airways apologized Thursday for refusing to allow a 38-year-old man with cerebral palsy to board a flight from Bangkok to Japan last year. ()
May 22
A health ministry research group found Thursday that four of the nine electronic cigarettes sold in Japan produce vapor with high levels of formaldehyde, known as a carcinogen. (Kyodo)
May 22
Executives at McDonald's Japan are trying to turn around their business by revamping their menus. They announced a strategy plan for boosting sales following a series of food-safety scandals. (NHK)
May 21
Japanese real estate companies are holding an international trade fair in Tokyo to attract more overseas investment. (NHK)
May 21
Mazda Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it will launch the fourth-generation model of its Roadster two-seat convertible sports car on Thursday. (The Japan News)
May 20
Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far. (Japan Times)
May 20
The Fair Trade Commission raided offices related to NEC Corp. and four other companies on Tuesday for alleged bid-rigging for telecommunications equipment maintenance contracts with Tokyo Electric Power Co. (The Japan News)
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