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Uniqlo Appoints First Female CEO For Its Japan Business

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NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW
 
TOKYO --- Casualwear retailer Uniqlo has promoted a former manager of a busy Tokyo store to take charge of operations in its home market of Japan, where population decline makes maintaining earnings a challenge.
Maki Akaida, a 40-year-old group senior vice president at paren...

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Time For Bank Of Japan To Get Aggressive

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ASIA TIMES
 
Once again, Haruhiko Kuroda has a bad case of Mario Draghi on the brain. The last time the Bank of Japan governor channeled his beleaguered European Central Bank peer was in April 2013, just as Kuroda took the monetary reins in Tokyo.
Kuroda’s pledge to do “whatever it takes” to end ...

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7-Eleven Stores Struggling In Face Of Labor Shortage

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JAPAN TODAY
 
 
KOGA - Owners of Japan's ubiquitous convenience stores are facing a business model-threatening crisis as they grapple with the nation's demographic and labor challenges.
"I love working under the 7-Eleven logo, and there is no doubt Japanese society needs convenience stores. But, ...

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Yamaha Puts Luxury Boats In Reach

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
 
Yamaha Motor Co. is weighing anchor on its boat rental and sharing services, allowing even top-of-the-line luxury boats to be rented short-term.
Since marine recreation has a deep-rooted image of being available only to the well-heeled, Yamaha is betting that attracting more yo...

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Proxy Company Advises Shareholders Against Saikawa At Nissan

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THE MAINICHI
 
TOKYO (AP) -- Two investor research companies are advising Nissan shareholders to turn down a proposal to reappoint the automaker's chief executive, Hiroto Saikawa, as a board director, citing possible oversight problems at the Japanese automaker after the arrest of his predecessor...

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Rain-Or-Shine Umbrellas Promoted As Father’s Day Gifts

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JAPAN NEWS
 
 
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Department stores are promoting umbrellas for use in both sunny and rainy weather as gifts for Father’s Day on Sunday.
They are banking on a campaign by the Environment Ministry to encourage not only women but also men to use parasols as protection against heat...

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Shinzo Abe’s Latest Diplomatic Long Shot: Peacemaking in Iran

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NEW YORK TIMES
 
TOKYO — Shinzo Abe’s visit to Iran this week, the first to that country by a Japanese prime minister in more than 40 years, is the latest in a series of high-minded but long-shot efforts to lift Japan’s influence on the global stage.
As he arrives in Tehran on Wednesday, Mr. Abe ...

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Kuroda Warns Of Uncertainties On Global Recovery Prospects

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JAPAN TODAY
 
FUKUOKA - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Saturday maintained his view the global economy will recover in the latter half of this year, but warned that uncertainties remain as fallout from the Sino-U.S. trade war deepens.
Kuroda said the global economy is "stabilizing some...

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Japan Says To Implement Flexible Policy If Economic Risks Materialize

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THE JOURNAL PIONEER
 
By Takaya Yamaguchi and Stanley White
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government is set to raise the sales tax as planned in October, while it stands ready to take flexible macroeconomic policy steps in case risks to the economy materialize, a mid-year policy roadmap released by t...

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Once Shunned, Activist Investors Are Now Seeing A 'Wave Of Change' In Japan

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CNBC
 
Jeffrey Ubben’s ValueAct will soon have a representative on camera company Olympus and Daniel Loeb’s Third Point is reportedly reinvested at entertainment giant Sony.While Fir Tree Partners more often keeps its investments private, it has taken its campaign at one of Japan’s largest railwa...

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