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Trade Show Groups Staying Focused in Japan

As Japanese trade show groups are searching for innovative ways to lure buyers, especially from other Asian countries.

clock May 19, 2010Koji Hirano


Japan Dept. Stores’ Sales Slide 5.7% in Jan.

The figures reflect an improvement from past months of double-digit declines.

clock February 18, 2010Koji Hirano

Shinzo Maeda, president and chief executive officer of Shiseido.


Shiseido Profit Rises, Sales Fall

Consumers snapped up fewer cosmetics and beauty products in Japan and other countries.

clock January 28, 2010Amanda Kaiser and Koji Hirano


Seibu to Close Ginza Store

Seibu Department Stores will close its Yurakucho unit this year, Sogo & Seibu Co. Ltd. said Wednesday.

clock January 28, 2010Koji Hirano


Isetan Mitsukoshi Chief Muto Dead At 64

Succession plan at the retailer is unclear.

clock January 9, 2010Koji Hirano


Onward Holdings Swings Into Black in 9-Month Period

Japanese apparel giant Onward Holdings saw lower sales in the nine months ended Nov. 30 but swung back into the black for the period.

clock January 8, 2010Koji Hirano


Fast Retailing First-Quarter Profit Surges

Sales at Uniqlo’s Paris store and the launch of the +J collection boosted Fast Retailing’s first-quarter results.

clock January 8, 2010Koji Hirano


Shiseido Acquires Swiss Distributor

Shiseido will establish a Shiseido Group sales company in Switzerland this month by acquiring 100 percent of the shares of the current distributor

clock January 4, 2010Koji Hirano

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Uniqlo’s Dec. Comps Jump 11.5%

Swift sales of Heattech apparel and down jackets boosted results.

clock January 4, 2010Koji Hirano


Takashimaya’s Profits, Sales Fall

Takashimaya’s net profits fell 63.2 percent for the nine-month period to Nov. 30.

clock December 29, 2009Koji Hirano

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Japan Looks for a Jumpstart

Japanese trade show organizers aim to excite and entice both retailers and shoppers.

clock November 18, 2009Koji Hirano


Isetan Mitsukoshi First-Half Net Slides 66%

Retailer Isetan Mitsukoshi posted an operating loss as Japanese consumers cut back on spending.

clock November 9, 2009Koji Hirano

Mikio Sakabe RTW Spring 2010

Fashion Features

At Japan Fashion Week, Edgy Looks Prevail

Designers showcased everything from frilly Victorian lace numbers to hard-edged looks with an Eighties feel at the ninth edition of Japan Fashion Week.

clock October 28, 2009Amanda Kaiser and Koji Hirano

Uniqlo storefront

Designer and Luxury

Uniqlo Comps Rise 31.6% in Sept.

Spike in Uniqlo comps comes just before this week’s launch of the +J collection by Jil Sander.

clock October 2, 2009Koji Hirano


Japan Dept Stores’ Aug. Sales Drop 8.8%

Retailers continue to suffer, post 18th straight month of decline.

clock September 18, 2009Koji Hirano

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