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Sep 11, 2012

Gourmet “standing” restaurant a Tokyo hit

TOKYO (Reuters) – “Standing” bars – where customers stand to drink – are currently popular in Tokyo, but now the former chef from a Michelin-starred restaurant has taken the concept to a whole new level by serving gourmet food.

Hiroshi Shimada, who once worked at the three-starred Tokyo restaurant Azabu Yukimura, opened “Shimada” in the city’s fashionable Ginza district in January, and now has diners lining up to sample dishes similar to what he used to create for customers before – at a third or less of the cost.

Sep 11, 2012

World Chefs: Gourmet “standing” restaurant a Tokyo hit

TOKYO, Sept 11 (Reuters) – “Standing” bars – where customers
stand to drink – are currently popular in Tokyo, but now the
former chef from a Michelin-starred restaurant has taken the
concept to a whole new level by serving gourmet food.

Hiroshi Shimada, who once worked at the three-starred Tokyo
restaurant Azabu Yukimura, opened “Shimada” in the city’s
fashionable Ginza district in January, and now has diners lining
up to sample dishes similar to what he used to create for
customers before – at a third or less of the cost.

Aug 14, 2012

Elpida bondholders offer $383 mln loan in rival plan

TOKYO, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A group of bondholders in Elpida
Memory has put forward an alternative restructuring
plan for the failed chipmaker, putting pressure on Micron
Technology Inc to increase its takeover offer for Elpida.

The bondholders, who believe U.S.-based Micron is acquiring
Elpida too cheaply, offered to lend 30 billion yen ($383
million) to the bankrupt firm to help it restructure in a plan
presented to the Tokyo District Court, and put Elpida’s value at
more than 300 billion yen.

Jul 10, 2012

Elpida bondholders to vote against Micron plan: document

TOKYO (Reuters) – A group of Elpida Memory Inc (ELPDF.PK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) bondholders will vote against Micron Technology Inc’s (MU.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plan to acquire the bankrupt Japanese chipmaker for about $750 million, arguing that it undervalues the company’s assets, a court filing shows.

In a filing to a Tokyo district court on July 9, the bondholders said they would present an alternative proposal to counter Micron’s offer. The bondholders, which did not disclose their identities, said they were multi-billion dollar international funds investing on behalf of clients including Japanese and global pension funds.

Jul 6, 2012

Goldman secures three properties for new Japan REIT

TOKYO (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs (GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has secured three properties in Tokyo for 25 billion yen ($313 million) as its asset management unit prepares to set up a private real estate investment trust (REIT), Shigeki Kiritani, the president of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), told Reuters.

The private REIT, which will be the first set up by a foreign financial institution in Japan when it is launched next month, will start with 13 billion yen ($162.6 million) in cash, equivalent to about half the combined value of the three properties, Kiritani said in an interview.

Jun 28, 2012

Tokyo office purchase by Kenedix shows upside to market

TOKYO, June 28 (Reuters) – Japanese property asset manager
Kenedix Inc has won the exclusive right to buy a
distressed property in central Tokyo formerly owned by a fund
run by Morgan Stanley for about 51 billion yen ($639
million), less than half of the price it last sold for in 2008,
three people with direct knowledge of the transaction said.

The end of a one-and-a-half-year search for a new owner is a
signal investors now see some upside to the Tokyo real estate
market with analysts saying the city’s vacancy rates have almost
hit bottom and rents for office buildings are set to rise.

Jun 18, 2012

Nomura excluded from $6 billion Japan Tobacco share sale

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan has excluded Nomura Holdings (8604.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) from working on the government’s sale of roughly $6 billion worth of Japan Tobacco (2914.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) shares, in a blow to Japan’s largest broker as it grapples with an insider trading scandal.

The Ministry of Finance said in a statement on Monday it had chosen JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Daiwa Securities (8601.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Goldman Sachs (GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Mizuho Securities as underwriters for the share sale by the world’s third-largest cigarette company.

Jun 12, 2012

Mitsubishi Est to bid for former MSREF Tokyo bldg -sources

TOKYO, June 12 (Reuters) – Mitsubishi Estate is
among bidders to buy a Tokyo office building once owned by a
Morgan Stanley fund, in a deal that should fetch at least
40 billion yen ($500 million) – about one-third of the original
price, three people with direct knowledge of the deal said.

Mitsubishi Estate, Japan’s largest property developer by
market value, is expected to bid jointly later this month with
life insurer Fukoku Mutual Life for the property, the people
said, asking not to be identified because the deal has not been
officially announced.

Jun 3, 2012

Insider trading probe casts shadow on Japan Tobacco offering

TOKYO (Reuters) – A widening probe of insider trading that has ensnared Japan’s largest brokerage now also threatens to complicate a plan to raise as much as $6 billion to fund reconstruction efforts after the March 2011 earthquake, bankers and officials say.

Japan’s Ministry of Finance is in the process of selecting four underwriters to manage a stock offering for Japan Tobacco, the world’s third largest cigarette company – a deal expected to rank as one of Japan’s largest share sales in recent years.

May 28, 2012

Goldman readies lower-risk return to Japan property

TOKYO (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs (GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is returning to the Japanese property market after a four-year hiatus, looking to raise as much as 400 billion yen ($5 billion) over four years for a privately held real estate trust, a source said.

While the U.S. investment bank snapped up distressed properties from struggling golf courses to hot spring resorts when it was last active in Japan, the latest push will focus on lower risk, less flashy Tokyo office buildings, sources said.