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Japanese Wine Meets Big Data

Japanese wines are now holding their own against inexpensive imports in supermarkets as consumers find growing appeal in knowing about and identifying with the stories of producers close to home. Big data is increasingly being used to help in the field of viniculture. We visited Yamanashi and Nagano Prefectures at harvest time to learn more.

Rakuten Takes On Japan’s Big Three Mobile Phone OperatorsMachida Tetsu

Rakuten, which operates the budget mobile phone company Rakuten Mobile, has announced plans to transition from a mobile virtual network operator to a mobile network operator. How successful will President Mikitani Hiroshi be in taking on the cooperative oligopoly of the “big three” operators? The author examines Rakuten’s potentially rocky path forward in entering the MNO market.

Manufacturing Problem Suspected as Cause of Shinkansen Crack (News)

Osaka, Feb. 28 (Jiji Press)--Inappropriate manufacturing work is the suspected cause of a crack found in the undercarriage of a Shinkansen bullet train during its operation last December, West Japan Railway Co. said Wednesday. Undercarriage maker Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. shaved the surface of undercarriage frames at some spots during the manufacturing process. On these spots, the steel wa…

Rakuten Files for Frequency Band Allocation (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 26 (Jiji Press)—Rakuten Inc. has applied for frequency band allocation from the Japanese communications ministry to start mobile phone service, company officials said Monday. If approved, the major Japanese cybermall operator will start fourth-generation wireless service using its own communications infrastructure at the end of 2019. The company aims to attract subscribers by lin…

NTT Docomo Targets 5G GoldMachida Tetsu

The race has begun among the world’s telecommunications companies to be the first to launch a fifth-generation mobile wireless service. Among the contenders is NTT Docomo, Japan’s largest mobile phone operator. The transition to 5G has the potential of changing everything from how people watch sports to the automobile sector.

Fujifilm to Buy Xerox to Create Office Equipment Giant (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 31 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp. said Wednesday it will acquire US printer and copier maker Xerox Corp. to become a global leader in office equipment. Under an agreement between the two companies, Xerox will merge with Fuji Xerox Co., a Fujifilm subsidiary partly held by the US firm, by the end of September. Fujifilm will acquire a 50.1% share in the merged company fo…

Japan White Goods Shipments Hit 20-Year High in 2017 (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 24 (Jiji Press)—White goods shipments in Japan in 2017 grew 2.0% from the previous year to ¥2.3 trillion, hitting the highest level since 1997, an industry group said Wednesday. Shipments grew for the second consecutive year, led by the popularity of models featuring high energy efficiency and high-spec products that can help save time for household work, according to the Japan Elec…

Yahoo Japan to Promote Veep Kawabe to President (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 24 (Jiji Press)—Yahoo Japan Corp. said Wednesday it will promote Kawabe Kentarō, senior executive vice president, to president after a general shareholders' meeting in June. Kawabe, 43, will replace Miyasaka Manabu, 50, who will become chairman without the right to represent the company. With the young president leading its operating team, Yahoo Japan will aim to enter new territ…

Copies of Self-Defense Force Textbooks Put Up for Online Auction (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 22 (Jiji Press)—More than 50 copies of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force textbooks have been sold in online auctions, GSDF sources said Monday. The copies were put up by a single seller account, they said. The GSDF has been investigating the case amid concern that an insider might have been involved. The textbooks being sold online are kyōhan, or textbooks for military training,…

Toshiba, Western Digital Settle Chip Unit Dispute (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 13 (Jiji Press)—Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday that it has settled a dispute with its flash memory business partner, Western Digital Corp., over its planned sale of subsidiary Toshiba Memory Corp. The agreement to settle all litigation and arbitration represents a major step forward for the chip unit sale, a key part of the struggling Japanese electronics and machinery group's efforts…

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