Alexa and Echo are now available by invitation in Japan

Developers can now create Alexa experiences for customers in Japan—Alexa Skills Kit also now available in Japan, and Alexa Voice Service coming later this month SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Nov. 8, 2017) announced that Alexa and Echo are now available by invitation in Japan. Additionally, developers can now use the Alexa Skills […]

Rakuten becomes exclusive distribution partner in Japan for all live NBA games and global marketing partner of NBA

Rakuten to Market to NBA Fans Around the World Through Rakuten Ichiba, Ebates and Rakuten Viber TOKYO, 2017-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Rakuten, Inc. today (OCTOBER 10, 2017) announced a multiyear partnership making Rakuten the league’s exclusive distribution partner in Japan for all live NBA games and a […]

JAPAN: Rakuten and Lawson to trial initiative that combines drone deliveries and convenience store mobile sales

JAPAN: Rakuten and Lawson to trial initiative that combines drone deliveries and convenience store mobile sales   Trial to begin at Lawson’s Minamisoma-Odaka store on October 31 Tokyo, 2017-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. and Lawson, Inc. today (October 6, 2017) announced that the two companies will begin a trial initiative that combines […]

Alexa and Echo now available in India; will launch in Japan later this year

The Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa Voice Service also now available for developers in India Amazon also announced this week that Alexa and Echo are coming to Japan this year SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Oct. 4, 2017) announced that Alexa and Echo are now available by invitation in India, and that they are coming to Japan later […]

JAPAN: Rakuten AirMap launches UTM system platform for drone manufacturers and application developers

Tokyo, 2017-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten AirMap, Inc. today (AUGUST 23, 2017) announced the launch of its UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) system platform for drone manufacturers and application developers. This marks the first service offering for the Japanese joint venture established in March 2017 by Rakuten, Inc. and AirMap, Inc. The Rakuten AirMap platform will […]

JAPAN: Rakuten announces investment in genetic health testing pioneer Genesis Healthcare Co.

Tokyo, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) today announced it has invested in genetic health testing pioneer Genesis Healthcare Co., receiving a 1.4 billion yen issue of new shares. Rakuten Chairman and CEO Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani will join Genesis Healthcare’s Board of Directors as an External Board Director. Genesis Healthcare, founded […]

Nike Kicks Lounge opens in Omotesando, Japan

Omotesando, Japan, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nike Kicks Lounge first debuted in Shanghai, China in 2013, and on July 28, 2017, the next generation of this retail destination opens in Omotesando, Japan. At its core, Nike Kicks Lounge offers a curated selection of sneakers from across Nike, Inc. — including Jordan Brand, Nike […]

JAPAN: New partnership to boost regional economy of Satsumasendai City

Collaboration in six areas, including the opening of an e-commerce antenna shop Tokyo, 2017-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. announced today (JULY 6, 2017)  that it has partnered with Satsumasendai City and the Satsumasendai Tourism & Specialty Products Association in a comprehensive collaboration agreement to use the internet to revitalize the regional economy of Satsumasendai […]

JAPAN: Rakuten Pay smartphone app payment service now available at Lawson stores

From August 2017, Rakuten Pay available at Lawson stores nationwide https://pay.rakuten.co.jp/detail Tokyo, 2017-Jun-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. and Lawson, Inc. today ( June 1, 2017) announced that the two companies have concluded a basic agreement for the introduction of “Rakuten Pay,” Rakuten’s smartphone app payment service, to Lawson stores. Based on the agreement, […]

Rakuten Point Card can now be used at McDonald’s restaurants across Japan from June 1, 2017

Service starts June 1 at the approximately 2,900 McDonald’s restaurants across Japan Tokyo, 2017-May-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s Japan and Rakuten, Inc. today (May 26, 2017 ) announced that the two companies have formed a partnership around the Rakuten Point Card service to improve customer convenience by enabling Rakuten Point Card cardholders to use […]

Louis Vuitton presented 2018 Cruise Collection Kyoto in Japan

Louis Vuitton presented 2018 Cruise Collection Kyoto in Japan   Paris, 2017-May-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — After Palm Springs in 2015 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Louis Vuitton this year headed to Kyoto in Japan to present its Cruise Collection. Expressing the spirit of travel and being on the road, the 2018 Cruise Collection […]

Toys“R”Us unifies its Japan, Greater China and Southeast Asia businesses

WAYNE, NJ and TOYKO, JAPAN, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. today (April 11, 2017) announced that it has entered into an agreement to unify its Toys“R”Us, Japan business with its Toys“R”Us business in Greater China and Southeast Asia, a joint venture between Toys“R”Us, Inc. and Fung Retailing Limited. Under this agreement, Toys“R”Us, Japan, […]

JAPAN: Rakuten Umaimono Park opens store at Kobo Park Miyagi

Selling nine gourmet items that are popular orders on Rakuten Ichiba, including confectionary exclusive to the stadium Tokyoy, 2017-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. and Rakuten Baseball, Inc. today (April 3, 2017) announced that the “Rakuten Umaimono Park,” a store selling popular gourmet items from Rakuten Ichiba, will be opened at Kobo Park Miyagi on […]

UNIQLO upgrades its uniqlo.com online store in Japan

Berlin, Germany, 2017-Mar-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — UNIQLO today (2017.03.16) announces that it has upgraded its uniqlo.com online store in Japan. The new site stocks 22,710 items for spring and summer alone, more than any of UNIQLO’s physical stores around the world. An intuitive, thumb-based user interface makes shopping by smartphone more enjoyable, and customers […]

The latest generation Amazon Fire TV Stick now available in the UK, Germany, and Japan

The latest generation Amazon Fire TV Stick now available in the UK, Germany, and Japan   SEATTLE, 2017-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon has announced that the latest generation Amazon Fire TV Stick is now available for customers in the UK, Germany, and Japan. Read the press release announcing Fire TV Stick with Alexa […]

Lawson, Inc. and Save On Corp. swap franchising rights in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN, 2017-Feb-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lawson, Inc. and Save On Corp. have signed a mega-franchise contract in Gumma, Tochigi, Niigata, Saitama, and Chiba prefectures. About the mega-franchise agreement: At the end of December 2016, Save On operated 503 SAVE ON convenience stores. Save On has agreed to gradually change the outlets into […]

UNIQLO to launches convenience store pickup service at Seven Eleven, FamilyMart, and Lawson stores throughout Japan

Berlin, Germany, 2017-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — UNIQLO, in collaboration with FamilyMart Co., Ltd. and Lawson, Inc., will launch in spring a convenience store pickup service for UNIQLO products at FamilyMart and Lawson stores nationwide. Together with a similar service already available at Seven-Eleven stores1, this expansion will allow UNIQLO customers to pick up their […]

Prada further expands in Japan with the opening of new store in Narita International Airport

Milan, 2016-Dec-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Prada strengthens its presence in Japan by opening a new space inside Narita International Airport’s Terminal 2. Occupying a total surface area of some 200 square metres, the store houses the women’s and men’s leather goods and accessories collections. The façade, on three sides, is clad in black Marquinia […]

UNIQLO to debut HEATTECH Ultra Warm innerwear at stores in Japan and at uniqlo.com

UNIQLO to debut HEATTECH Ultra Warm innerwear at stores in Japan and at uniqlo.com   Berlin, Germany, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — UNIQLO today (2016.12.08) announces that it will debut HEATTECH Ultra Warm innerwear at stores in Japan and at the uniqlo.com online store on December 19. UNIQLO developed this pinnacle of its HEATTECH line […]

JAPAN: Rakuten, ACSL and NTT DOCOMO carried out demonstration experiment of drone-based delivery system utilizing LTE

Tokyo, 2016-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc., Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory Ltd. (ACSL) and NTT DOCOMO, INC. today (November 22, 2016) announced that the three companies have successfully carried out a demonstration experiment of a drone-based delivery system utilizing LTE in the National Strategic Special Zone of Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture. In the latest […]

Alibaba Cloud announces the opening of four new data centers in the Middle East, Europe, Australia and Japan

New facilities in the Middle East, Europe, Australia and Japan will provide comprehensive cloud service offerings, enabling business innovation globally Hangzhou, China, 2016-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today (November 21, 2016) announced the opening of four new data centers by the end of 2016 in the Middle […]

Customers can now pickup purchases from Rakuten’s online bookstore at Lawson stores across Japan

Tokyo, 2016-Nov-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. today (November 17, 2016) announced that it is collaborating with Lawson, Inc. on a pickup service that will allow customers to receive books, CDs, DVDs and other products purchased from Rakuten’s online bookstore, Rakuten Books, at Lawson convenience stores around Japan (11,922 stores as of the […]

JAPAN: Rakuten Card offers easy, fast and secure way to make mobile payments with Apple Pay

Tokyo, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten Card Co., Ltd. today (October 25, 2016) brings its customers Apple Pay, an easy, fast and secure way to make mobile payments that is private and convenient with iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 throughout their day, including in transit, stores, apps and on the […]

Apple to bring Apple Pay in Japan

San Francisco, 2016-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (SEPTEMBER 7, 2016) announced that iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 will bring customers in Japan the ability to use Apple Pay, an easy, fast and secure way to pay for everything in their daily routines, beginning in October. Users can commute and […]

CBRE announces the appointment of Eiji Sakaguchi President and CEO for Japan

Los Angeles, 2016-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE announced today that Eiji Sakaguchi has been appointed President and CEO of CBRE’s business in Japan, effective October 3. In this role, Mr. Sakaguchi will oversee all of CBRE’s Japan operations, encompassing 10 offices and 1,200 employees. He will report to Ben Duncan, North Asia President of […]