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Sony US exits direct retail

Sony US is to exit direct retail business, closing the 10 remaining stores this year.

Seven & I in grocery pact

Japanese retail giant Seven & I Holdings is to partner with an Osaka supermarket chain Mandai.

China, Japan first to get Apple Watch

China, Hong Kong and Japan will be among the first 10 markets globally in which the new Apple Watch will go on sale.

Burberry Japan opens Osaka flagship

Burberry Japan has opened its first freestanding store in Shinsaibashi, Osaka.

FamilyMart, Circle K in merger talks

Japan’s FamilyMart, Circle K parents to take on 7-Eleven.

Asian online shoppers most demanding

The burgeoning ranks of Asian online shoppers wants faster deliveries, with multiple delivery destination options – and they don’t want to pay for it.

AirCloset delivers endless wardrobe

A Tokyo subscription service offers time-poor Japanese women hand-picked fashion items, delivered free for a monthly fee. Women may love shopping, but for time-starved professional females and housebound new mothers adapting to round-the-clock parenting, finding time to discover new fashion can become a hassle. Enter AirCloset, a new service by Tokyo-based startup Neuer-Sieg. For JPY 6800 (US$57) a month, women can receive a box containing three trendy garments, hand selected by a professi…

Japan retail sales slide

Japan retail sales slid two per cent in January according to government data.

Airweave heads to bed in the US

Airweave, Japan’s premium bedding toppers and pillows brand, has opened its first physical store in the US, in New York’s SoHo district.

China drives Osaka duty free boom

Osaka department stores are reporting three times the usual duty free sales to foreigners over Lunar New Year.

Uniqlo Japan offers tax-free service

Uniqlo Japan will offer tax free shopping for overseas visitors to Japan at 31 large stores across the country.

Shake Shack Japan bound

US burger chain Shake Shack has signed a licensing agreement with Japanese company Sazaby League, local operator of Starbucks.