BUSINESS – 3

Dec 31
V-ji kaifuku -- a V-shaped recovery -- is how Shukan Jitsuwa (Jan 11-18) describes the "astonishing" turnaround achieved by McDonald's Japan, pulling itself up from don-zoko (rock bottom). (Japan Today)
Dec 28
Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency ordered Amazon Japan G.K. on Wednesday to take corrective steps after the major online retailer posted inappropriate dual pricing on its website in violation of the law against misleading representations. (Jiji)
Dec 27
Local assemblies around Japan are discussing or preparing to pass ordinances that will place strict limits on where minpaku (private lodging services) can be located, in advance of a national law that will go into effect in June regulating their use. (Japan Times)
Dec 27
Panasonic has named a female executive to lead a subsidiary with some 4,000 employees, a highly unusual move for the nearly century-old Japanese electronics company. (Nikkei)
Dec 27
A popular hotel in southwestern Japan will close for 10 straight days in January at a cost of 200 million yen in revenues to give its employees time off, in the belief that the unusual measure will help to secure quality human resources. (Japan Today)

Dec 21
Japan Airlines says it has been defrauded of a total of 3.4 million dollars by sending money in response to emails calling for the payment of lease fees and other charges. (NHK)
Dec 21
Airbnb and Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance are teaming up to provide services meant to defuse trouble with home sharing in Japan, where many residents worry about problems with guests. (Nikkei)
Dec 20
Subaru's Japanese auto orders are on track to fall 30% on the year in December after uncertified workers were found in October to be conducting final vehicle inspections. (Nikkei)
Dec 19
Japan's Toyota Motor has unveiled bold new plans to cope with the global shift toward electric cars. (NHK)
Dec 16
A funeral home set to open soon in Japan plans to provide the country's first-ever drive-through service. (NHK)

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