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  • Japan investors flock to stocks targeted by activists 05.24.2019

    Part of the allure of activist-targeted stocks is that investors foresee companies becoming extra generous with shareholder returns. On May 14, filings showed that U.S.-based Taiyo Fund Management acquired a trove of shares in Open House. The next day, the real estate company announced a stock buyback plan.>>

  • MGM promises local companies a stake in Osaka casino plan 05.24.2019

    Las Vegas-based casino owner MGM Resorts International said recently it would invest in a 1 trillion yen [$9 billion] project together with 10 local companies in Osaka, in its joint bid with financial services group Orix for a license to operate in Japan's metropolis in the west.>>

  • Japan's capsule hotels evolve into purveyors of small luxuries 05.24.2019

    No longer are Japan's capsule hotels the private domain of salarymen who have missed their last train home. Now women, young people and foreign tourists are crowding in, too.>>

  • Mitsubishi Estate plans first-ever stock buyback 05.15.2019

    Japanese property developer Mitsubishi Estate will buy back up to 100 billion yen [$913 million] of its shares, marking the company's first stock repurchase as domestic businesses increasingly look to put their cash piles to effective use.>>

  • Toyota and Panasonic to merge housing businesses 05.10.2019

    Toyota Motor and Panasonic will merge their housing businesses into a joint venture next year to develop connected homes and services for next-generation vehicles, the companies announced on Thursday, May 9.>>

  • Aging Japan grapples with 8m empty homes and stashed cash 05.08.2019

    As Japan's population ages rapidly, a record 13.6% of housing stands empty nationwide while developers shrug off flat demand and continue their building spree.>>

  • Japan's real estate lending balloons to bubble-era peak 04.18.2019

    Japan's real estate lending appears to be overheating, the nation's central bank warned Wednesday in a report that depicts a credit landscape last seen in the economic bubble year of 1990.>>

  • Japan gets more than it bargained for with tourist boom 04.17.2019

    Yuko Kato, a 50-year-old housewife, was raised in Kyoto and has lived there all her life. Going to the 1,300-year-old Nishiki Market, known as "Kyoto's Kitchen," to buy fish, pickles and seasonings used to be a weekly habit for her, but that has changed over the past five years.>>

  • Airbnb begins to recover in Japan, a year after crackdown 04.17.2019

    Airbnb and other home-sharing services are recovering in Japan in the wake of strict regulations introduced almost a year ago, and some industry experts say there is more room to flourish, especially in rural areas.>>

  • Okinawa luxury hotel to be modeled on ancient fortress 04.17.2019

    Japan's Hoshino Resorts will open a luxury hotel in Okinawa next year based on the ancient fortresses that dotted the subtropical islands.>>


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