Japan's top real estate firms notch record pretax profits

TOKYO -- Mitsui Fudosan and two other top real estate companies are expected to report all-time-high pretax profits for the April-December period, underpinned by a property boom triggered by the central bank's negative interest rate policy. Mitsui Fudosan ... ( read original story ...)

Qatar Airways to deploy A350 on Tokyo Haneda route

Starting July 1, Qatar Airways will be replacing its B787-8 Dreamliner with its A350-900 on its direct Doha-Tokyo Haneda service. Business Traveller Asia-Pacific was alerted to the change by industry website airlineroute.net and confirmed on the carrier ... ( read original story ...)

Tokyo’s showy tuna auctions do not augur economic growth

KIYOSHI KIMURA does not like to lose. For the past six years he has outbid all comers for the first bluefin tuna of the year sold by Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market. Last week Mr Kimura, who owns a chain of sushi shops, paid ¥74.2m ($642,000 ... ( read original story ...)

Tokyo shares rally, Takata soars on US deal report

Tokyo shares rallied Friday morning, boosted by retailers and drugmakers while embattled Takata soared on news it may announce a settlement with US regulators over an exploding airbag crisis. But gains were capped after losses on Wall Street as a post ... ( read original story ...)

Back home: Honda brings Civic sedan to Japan in branding push

TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co is bringing the Civic sedan back home after seven years, betting buoyant overseas demand for the model would help drive sales in Japan and allow the automaker to shake off its domestic image as a maker of only ... ( read original story ...)

Sapporo experience invaluable for Aussie athletes

SAPPORO 2017: Becoming accustomed to the atmosphere in an Olympic Village at the February Asian Winter Games will provide invaluable experience for emerging and seasoned athletes. Among the thirty athletes selected by the Australian Olympic Committee for ... ( read original story ...)