Apr 21
The Tokyo metropolitan government aims to ban indoor smoking at all restaurants with employees in the Japanese capital, Governor Yuriko Koike said Friday. (Jiji)
Apr 21
A company that developed a smartphone application for the Japanese board game shogi has been listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. But the initial public offering ended without an opening price as there were too many orders to buy its shares. (NHK)
Apr 21
Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical has proposed to buy Irish competitor Shire for over 60 billion dollars. If completed, the deal would be one of the biggest acquisitions of a foreign firm by a Japanese company. (NHK)
Apr 20
NHK has learned that the operator of a popular app used for buying and selling goods in Japan is expected to be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. (NHK)
Apr 19
Japanese tax authorities have found that Softbank Group Corp. <9984> failed to declare 93.9 billion yen in taxable income over the four years through March 2016, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji)

Apr 18
Major Japanese advertising agency Dentsu Inc. will introduce a uniform monthly day off on a trial basis from June, aiming to improve productivity by allowing more private time for its workers. (Japan Times)
Apr 17
A pair of premium mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture fetched a record-matching ¥400,000 at the season’s first wholesale auction Monday. (Japan Times)
Apr 17
SoftBank Group Corp. is among several potential buyers for U.S. newspaper publisher Tronc, U.S. online news outlet Axios reported Monday, quoting a source familiar with the situation. (Kyodo)
Apr 15
Japan has offered to lend China a hand with President Xi Jinping's "toilet revolution." (Nikkei)
Apr 14
The operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain says it has just passed an important milestone, the brand's overseas sales topped those at home in Japan for the first time for a fiscal half-year. (NHK)