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Mar 22, 2013

Kate Spade crafts Saturday brand for Japan’s trendsetters

TOKYO, March 22 (Reuters) – Given Kate Spade Saturday’s bold
designs, bright colours and creative flair, it was probably only
fitting that the new lifestyle brand opened its first flagship
store in fashion-obsessed Tokyo.

After all, the sister label of Kate Spade New York began
developing the brand with Japanese consumers in mind more than
three years ago, envisaging functional designs that would strike
a chord with on-the-go urbanites and expand the original brand’s
DNA into a more casual realm.

Jul 3, 2012

It’s a family affair for Japan gymnastics trio

TOKYO (Reuters) – The competition at the London Olympics is already guaranteed to be intense but three Japanese gymnasts may have an extra source of motivation as they vie for gold medals: sibling rivalry.

“When it comes to competing, of course I don’t want to lose to the younger two,” grinned Kazuhito Tanaka, 27, referring to his sister Rie and brother Yusuke.

Jul 3, 2012

Olympics-It’s a family affair for Japan gymnastics trio

TOKYO, July 3 (Reuters) – The competition at the London
Olympics is already guaranteed to be intense but three Japanese
gymnasts may have an extra source of motivation as they vie for
gold medals: sibling rivalry.

“When it comes to competing, of course I don’t want to lose
to the younger two,” grinned Kazuhito Tanaka, 27, referring to
his sister Rie and brother Yusuke.

Jun 29, 2012

Japan rhythmic gymnasts put game face on

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s rhythmic gymnastics team has been in intense training for the London Olympics, and now they are putting on their war paint to get psyched up to compete on the world’s biggest sporting stage.

“After I put on the makeup, it’s like a switch has been turned on for competing,” Airi Hatakeyama, 17, said at an event opened to media to showcase the team’s makeup art and new uniforms.

Jun 29, 2012

Olympics-Japan rhythmic gymnasts put game face on

TOKYO, June 29 (Reuters) – Japan’s rhythmic gymnastics team
has been in intense training for the London Olympics, and now
they are putting on their war paint to get psyched up to compete
on the world’s biggest sporting stage.

“After I put on the makeup, it’s like a switch has been
turned on for competing,” Airi Hatakeyama, 17, said at an event
opened to media to showcase the team’s makeup art and new
uniforms.

Jun 13, 2012

Spider-Man swings into Tokyo for “Amazing” premiere

TOKYO (Reuters) – Andrew Garfield and the stars of “The Amazing Spider-Man” swung into Tokyo on Wednesday, bringing the comic book crime-fighter back to the big screen in the world premiere of one of the summer’s most anticipated movies.

Fans swarmed around the red carpet in Tokyo’s posh Roppongi Hills area for a glimpse of Garfield, co-star Emma Stone and other cast members as a stuntman dressed as Spider-Man swung over the crowd, then scaled a wall into a large “web.”

May 4, 2012

Micron likely winner in bid for Japan’s Elpida-NHK

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S.-based Micron Technology is the likely winner in the bidding for Elpida Memory Inc, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported on Friday, in a deal that would help the failed Japanese chipmaker sustain operations and repay creditors.

Elpida filed for bankruptcy protection in February with 448 billion yen ($5.6 billion) in liabilities – a record for a Japanese manufacturer – after being hit by a strong yen and a slide in prices of DRAM chips for personal computers.

Apr 13, 2012

Sony CEO wields axe, sets turnaround targets

TOKYO (Reuters) – Less than a fortnight into his job as CEO, Kazuo Hirai sketched out a strategy to revive Sony Corp: a major push into smartphones, growth in games and cameras, and big cost cuts in a TV business that has not made a profit in 8 years.

The Sony veteran, in his first public briefing as CEO, also targeted new business in medical equipment and electric car batteries, and set a target for group sales of 8.5 trillion yen (65 billion pounds) in two years, with an operating margin of more than 5 percent.

Apr 12, 2012

“Sony will change” says CEO; to cut 10,000 jobs

TOKYO (Reuters) – Sony Corp said it is to cut around 10,000 jobs – 6 percent of its global workforce – as new CEO Kazuo Hirai moves to reduce costs and staunch huge losses at the Japanese electronics giant.

After a brief honeymoon since taking over from Howard Stringer this month, Hirai this week doubled Sony’s annual loss forecast to a record $6.4 billion, and is under pressure to fix an ailing TV unit and turn around a brand that has been trampled on by consumer gadget leaders Apple Inc and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics.

Apr 11, 2012

Sony loss forecast hammers Japan’s electronics shares

TOKYO (Reuters) – Shares of Sony Corp (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the inventor of personal music players, slid more than 7 percent on Wednesday after the company more than doubled its annual loss forecast, highlighting the plight of a Japanese TV industry that once dominated living rooms around the world.

Sharp Corp (6753.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Japan’s last big maker of TV liquid crystal displays, and local rival Panasonic Corp (6752.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), also fell.