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Hokkaido dairy pop-up educates, engages

A Hokkaido dairy pop-up ‘flagship’ shop has introduced Tokyo consumers to the northern brand.

New Toys’R’Us Asia-Pacific president named

The new Toys’R’Us Asia-Pacific president has been named by the toy retailer.

Gap Japan to axe Old Navy

Gap Japan will close 53 Old Navy stores in Japan as it tightens its focus in Asia.

Bio c’ Bon Japon JV to boost organics

Aeon has set up a JV with a European company to establish an organic supermarket in Japan, to be called Bio c’ Bon Japon.

Ferragamo pinning hopes on Korea

Australia and Korea are seen by Salvatore Ferragamo as relative sales sweet spots moving forward.

Siam Discovery about to launch ‘retail revolution’

After a $113 million overhaul, Siam Discovery re-opens in Bangkok this month as a “hybrid retail development”.

Wasedaya Shirt brand returns, but not in Japan

A Japanese businessman has revived the established Japanese shirt brand Wasedaya Shirt – in Vietnam.

Hermes Singapore relaunches flagship

With Hong Kong’s status as a luxury shopping hub slipping away, French high-fashion brand Hermes Singapore has relaunched its flagship store.

Tokyo’s pioneering pill-store pop-up

After a short-term trial, a pioneering pill-store pop-up called Fast Food Aid is seeking a longer-term home in Harajuku, Japan.

Aoki Holdings profit eases in stagnant market

Facing “business stagnation” toward the end of the year, Japanese apparel retailer Aoki Holdings profit fell 6.5 per cent, despite a 2.6 per cent rise in sales.

Croesus Japan portfolio grows by two more malls

Two more malls have joined the Croesus Japan mall portfolio in deals worth JPY6110 million (US$56.23 million).

Two more malls join Croesus Japan portfolio

Two more malls have joined the Croesus Japan mall portfolio in deals worth JPY6110 million (US$56.23 million).