BUSINESS – 4

May 11
Casio Computer Co. has decided to end its compact digital camera business after over 20 years of operation, due to a rapid decline in demand. (the-japan-news.com)
May 10
Executives at Japan's biggest carmaker Toyota Motor say the firm posted record sales and net profit for the fiscal year that ended in March. (NHK)
May 10
The popularity of "amazake," a sweet Japanese drink made from fermented rice, keeps growing, thanks chiefly to brisk demand from beauty- and health-conscious women. (Jiji)
May 09
Japan Airlines is set to launch a budget airline with the aim of offering medium- and long-haul international flights by 2020, when Tokyo is set to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Nikkei)
May 09
Takeda Pharmaceutical agreed to buy London-listed Shire for 45.3 billion pounds ($62 billion) on Tuesday, the biggest yet in a wave of deals sweeping the drugs industry. (Reuters)

May 08
Sales of Sony Corp.'s new artificial intelligence-equipped Aibo robot dog in Japan are off to a solid start, with the electronics giant saying Monday that 11,111 units were sold in three months since its release in January. (Kyodo)
May 08
In a bid to reduce the amount of food discarded uneaten, Japan's Environment Ministry will promote a campaign encouraging consumers to choose food products approaching their use-by dates, officials said Monday. (Jiji)
May 05
A Chinese court has ruled that a character registered in the country is a copyright infringement of the popular Japanese anime robot cat Doraemon. (NHK)
May 03
Japan will promote public-private efforts to spread cashless payment services in order to help businesses, mainly local companies, reduce costs and tackle labor shortages, and to improve the convenience of foreign visitors. (Jiji)
May 03
Japan's Fujifilm Holdings is likely to review its plan to buy the US firm Xerox Corp, after Xerox's CEO and most of its board stepped down. (NHK)

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