Feb 08
Japanese internet and energy company SoftBank Group Corp reported Wednesday a more than 11-fold surge in profit for the fiscal third quarter thanks to strong sales and to improved results from U.S. carrier Sprint. (Japan Today)
Feb 02
A bottle of limited-edition Yamazaki brand whiskey released by Suntory Spirits Ltd. about six years ago has fetched $298,879 at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong. (
Feb 01
Japanese messaging service Line Corp is expanding its reach into financial technology, or fintech, with a new company that offers a cryptocurrency exchange, loans and insurance. (
Jan 31
Japan's health ministry on Tuesday proposed excluding for the time being existing restaurants and bars run by small enterprises or individuals from a smoking ban the country plans to impose in public spaces. (Jiji)
Jan 29
Two trade groups in Japan's booming cryptocurrency sector have decided to merge into a self-regulatory body in the wake of the biggest virtual currency disappearance to date, taking a step they had hesitated to before. (Nikkei)

Jan 29
Japan's agriculture ministry has decided to import up to 13,000 tons of butter in the next fiscal year to cover domestic supply shortages and ensure stable supplies. (NHK)
Jan 27
E-commerce giant Rakuten and retail behemoth Walmart are taking aim at Amazon in a partnership that will see the two companies launch an online grocery delivery service in Japan while offering e-readers, e-books and audiobooks to American Walmart customers. (Japan Times)
Jan 26
Japan will relax hotel regulations later this month to kill two birds with one stone -- catering to international tourists' desire to experience Japanese life and culture and making use of vacant old homes. (Nikkei)
Jan 25
Tokyo prosecutors have served the president of a supercomputer venture with a fresh arrest warrant on suspicion of corporate tax evasion. (NHK)
Jan 24
Japanese general contractor Shimizu appears to have owned up by Monday's deadline to fixing bids on construction projects connected to a magnetic-levitation train line, seeking lighter fines after initially denying wrongdoing. (Nikkei)