'Death by overwork': occupational hazard for Japan's media

TOKYO, Japan: The news that a young reporter at Japan's public broadcaster had worked herself to death came as little surprise to those inside the country's media, where a culture of excessively long hours has become the norm...

13 Oct 2017


Smiley-faced success for Japan's emoji creator

From a humble smiley face with a box mouth and inverted "V's" for eyes, crude weather symbols, and a rudimentary heart -- emoji have now exploded into the world's fastest-growing language...

20 Dec 2016


QNet boosts direct selling operations in Tanzania

Asian direct selling company, QNet, is expanding its operations into East Africa. The company forms part of the $200 billion global direct selling industry...

22 Sep 2017


New campaign for Shaddy recaptures O. Henry short story magic

Japanese gift and lifestyle retailer Shaddy's new ad campaign features the O. Henry short story, The Gift of the Magi...

4 May 2017


Japan ad agency head to quit after employee suicide

The president of Japan's biggest advertising agency said he plans to step down, a year after an employee suicide linked to allegations of extreme overwork at the company...

30 Dec 2016


Google launches music streaming service in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN: Google has launched a music streaming service in Japan, becoming the latest tech giant to push into the world's number two music market, despite mixed results among earlier arrivals...

4 Sep 2015


Messaging app Line says still considering IPO

TOKYO, JAPAN: Popular Japanese messaging app Line said on Friday it was still considering plans for an initial public offering, after a report said it had shelved the sale for a second year in a row...

28 Aug 2015


BuzzFeed moves to Japan in Yahoo partnership

WASHINGTON, USA: BuzzFeed announced plans Monday to launch a Japanese news website in a partnership with Yahoo Japan, the latest step in a global expansion push.

19 Aug 2015


Netflix to launch in Japan on 2 September

WASHINGTON, USA: Netflix will launch its streaming television service in Japan on 2 September, the latest stop in its mission to be a global entertainment powerhouse, it said on Tuesday...

6 Aug 2015


Toshiba president to resign over accounting scandal: reports

TOKYO, JAPAN: An accounting scandal involving massive Japanese conglomerate Toshiba deepened on Saturday as reports said the company's president would likely be forced to resign.

13 Jul 2015

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