Japan’s budget furniture king discounted his way to a fortune

“They went through every molecule of our operation,” said Tommy Kullberg, president of Ikea’s Japanese business at the time. A deflationary environment has punished most of the country’s traditional retailers, driving department-store sales down ... ( read original story ...)

Japan’s Factory Output in April Rose at Its Fastest Pace

A member of Japan automotive manufacturing staff working on the production line at the Sunderland Plant in Sunderland, North East England (Photo: AFP). Metrotvnews.com, Tokyo: Japan's factory output in April rose at its fastest pace in six years ... ( read original story ...)

Japan’s industrial output rose 4.0% on month in April

On Tuesday, data from Japan’s eight major automakers showed their combined ... buoyed by a pickup in private consumption. Eleven out of 15 business sectors saw industrial production rise. Information and technology as well as paper and pulp sectors ... ( read original story ...)

How a tattoo can get you banned from enjoying a Japanese spa

Tattoos may have become a big part of mainstream culture, but not every culture shares the same view of body art. In Japan, our love of tattoos could actually get us banned from certain places, including the hugely popular onsens — the Japanese hot ... ( read original story ...)