Japan lender Mizuho to launch fintech venture

Daisuke Yamada, Mizuho's chief digital innovation officer, said the challenges were cultural as well as technological, as truly new business models required a break from Japanese banks' conservative, overly risk-averse attitudes. For that reason ... ( read original story ...)

Tokyo shares advance in morning tracking strong U.S. stocks

TOKYO, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo shares rose Thursday morning with market confidence boosted by the strong U.S. stocks overnight. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 106.12 points, or 0.54 percent, from Wednesday to 19,849.10. The broader Topix index of ... ( read original story ...)

Foreigners detained in Japan stage hunger strike to stay

Miyasako said in a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Tokyo. They have since recovered. Immigration officials say such people simply need to leave Japan. "The decision has been made that they are to return and so we keep talking to them ... ( read original story ...)

Sendai-based upstart taking on big Osaka appliance makers

OSAKA – Iris Ohyama, based in Sendai, is taking on Osaka Prefecture’s more established home appliance makers, including Panasonic and Sharp, in the battle for consumers’ hearts and wallets. Iris joined the home appliance market in 2009 and its ... ( read original story ...)