Convenience store openings slow in Japan

TOKYO -- Major convenience store operators in Japan are putting the brakes on store openings following rapid expansion, turning their focus to profitability. The three major operators -- Seven-Eleven Japan, FamilyMart and Lawson-- plan a net increase of ... ( read original story ...)

The Best New Hotels and Hostels in Tokyo 2017

As Tokyo gears up for the 2020 Olympics, the desperate need for rooms has seen a host of buildings being converted into an exciting new breed of boarding houses. The hipster crew behind northeastern Tokyo guesthouses Toco. and Nui. are at it again. ( read original story ...)

Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul vow to combat financial instability

TOKYO: East Asia’s three biggest economies vowed Friday to work together to help prevent market instability as tensions run high over Pyongyang’s weapons program. North Korea’s efforts to develop an arsenal of nuclear-armed missiles have fueled ... ( read original story ...)

Japan boosts swap deals with Asean

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN— The Japanese government has proposed to extend its bilateral swap agreement, a stop-gap measure for short-term liquidity problems, with the Philippines and other Asean countries. “As economic ties between Asian and Japan strengthen ... ( read original story ...)

Japan, Thailand sign bilateral currency swap deal

YOKOHAMA -- Japan has signed a bilateral currency swap deal with Thailand, a move aimed at strengthening the Association of Southeast Asian Nation's resilience to future financial crises. Under the agreement, the two countries will be able to swap their ... ( read original story ...)