Changing tastes brew bitter times for Japan’s beer makers

TOKYO — From beer gardens on the rooftops of department stores to fireworks extravaganzas to quiet, wood-paneled craft breweries, Japanese seem to quaff an awful lot of beer in the summer. But beer consumption has been tanking for five years straight in ... ( read original story ...)

Goldman Sachs Says Japan’s Domestic Demand Picking Up

13 -- Kathy Matsui, vice chair and chief Japan equity strategist at Goldman Sachs, discusses Japan's second-quarter GDP figures, wage growth, corporate profitability and her outlook for markets and the Bank of Japan. She speaks on "Bloomberg Markets ... ( read original story ...)

Asia shares mostly up, Nikkei falls as yen gains vs dollar

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Monday, although Japan's Nikkei 225 benchmark fell as tensions over North Korea kept the yen strong against the dollar. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index dipped 0.8 percent to 19,564.98 on selling of shares ... ( read original story ...)

Fintech startup Money Forward IPO expected September

TOKYO -- Fintech startup Money Forward could go public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's Mothers market by September. The funds raised from the initial public offering will be spent on boosting sales offices and expanding operations and the company's market ... ( read original story ...)

Japan eyes new launchpad to spur growth of rocket industry

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is exploring the idea of building a launch facility for small rockets to make it easier for newcomers to enter the business. The government has effectively monopolized the launch business, but a new law passed last year ... ( read original story ...)

Japan’s tallest building won’t be a towering risk: CEO

Junichi Yoshida, the Japanese real estate developer's CEO, told The Nikkei how he perceived the potential risks to the new skyscraper. Edited excerpts from the interview follow. Q: Why did you choose to build the tallest building in Japan? A: Sending a ... ( read original story ...)