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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…

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

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

Shiseido Profit Rises, Sales Fall

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

Seibu to Close Ginza Store

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

Isetan Mitsukoshi Chief Muto Dead At 64

Succession plan at the retailer is unclear.

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…

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…

Shiseido Acquires Swiss Distributor

Shiseido will establish a Shiseido Group sales company in Switzerland this month by acquiring 100 percent of…

Takashimaya’s Profits, Sales Fall

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

Japan Looks for a Jumpstart

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

Isetan Mitsukoshi First-Half Net Slides 66%

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

At Japan Fashion Week, Edgy Looks Prevail

Designers showcased everything from frilly Victorian lace numbers to hard-edged looks with an Eighties feel…

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.

Japan Dept Stores’ Aug. Sales Drop 8.8%

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

Japan Department Stores’ July Sales Drop 11.7%

The continued weakness of the Japanese economy and an unusually long rainy season hurt business.