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'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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

Female millennials are the most confident and ambitious of any female generation

New PwC survey dispels myths about women and work...

5 Mar 2015

TANZANIA

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

GLOBAL

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

JAPAN

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

JAPAN

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

JAPAN

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

JAPAN

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

JAPAN

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

JAPAN

Messaging app Line launches music streaming service in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN: Mobile messaging giant Line on Thursday launched a digital music streaming service in Japan, stepping into a largely untapped market still dominated by sales of compact discs.

12 Jun 2015

SPAIN

Asian firms challenge Apple with snazzy new smartphones

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Several big Asian phone companies launched new high-end smartphones and other wireless gizmos on Sunday, hoping to challenge US giant Apple in a big year for wireless gadgets...

3 Mar 2015

JAPAN

Sony sells US-based online game unit

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's Sony has sold its online gaming unit to a US investment firm, in a move that should free it to make titles for consoles other than PlayStation...

4 Feb 2015

JAPAN

Japan asks US publisher to change 'sex slave' textbook

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan has asked a major US publisher to "correct" a school textbook that references WWII sex slaves, as Tokyo's bid to polish its history moves abroad...

16 Jan 2015

JAPAN

Sony to end FIFA sponsorship contract: report

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony will not renew a multi-million-dollar sponsorship contract with FIFA, reports said on Tuesday, as the money-losing firm undergoes a painful restructuring and football's governing remains embroiled in controversy...

26 Nov 2014

JAPAN

Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets

TOKYO, JAPAN: When the lights change at the Shibuya crossing in Japan's capital, one of the world's busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, hundreds of people with their eyes glued to smartphones pick their way over the road...

13 Nov 2014

JAPAN

Japan's NEC rolls out counterfeit-spotting technology

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's NEC on Monday unveiled a technology that sniffs out even the most convincing counterfeits by reading microscopic patterns on everything from a luxury purse to a metal bolt...

11 Nov 2014

JAPAN

Virtual vegetables... a funfair in your mouth

Ebara creates an interactive PC game that uses facial recognition software to enable kids to chomp through virtual vegetables. (Video)

10 Nov 2014

JAPAN

Toshiba's profits of ¥30,8bn in six months

TOKYO, JAPAN: Toshiba said its half-year net profit rose by about 43% from a year ago, largely owing to a weak yen and strong sales in its infrastructure business.

31 Oct 2014

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