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December 4, 1996 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kyozo Suzuki, a reform-minded official at Japan's Fair Trade Commission, would like to see compact discs sold competitively--the same way, for example, as fish--rather than at fixed prices set by the manufacturer. "At markets, if you go late in the evening, the unsold sashimi [fish to be eaten raw] is marked down in price. But they don't do things like that in the record industry," Suzuki said. "Wouldn't it be good if they sold them cheaply?
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December 4, 1996 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kyozo Suzuki, a reform-minded official at Japan's Fair Trade Commission, would like to see compact discs sold competitively--the same way, for example, as fish--rather than at fixed prices set by the manufacturer. "At markets, if you go late in the evening, the unsold sashimi [fish to be eaten raw] is marked down in price. But they don't do things like that in the record industry," Suzuki said. "Wouldn't it be good if they sold them cheaply?
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September 27, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
August Department Store Sales Drop: Sales fell to $5.5 billion, a decrease of 4.6% compared to the same period last year, the Japan Department Store Assn. said. The August decline follows July's decline of 6.2% over the year-ago period, the association said.
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September 27, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
August Department Store Sales Drop: Sales fell to $5.5 billion, a decrease of 4.6% compared to the same period last year, the Japan Department Store Assn. said. The August decline follows July's decline of 6.2% over the year-ago period, the association said.
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May 27, 1998 | Associated Press
Hasbro Inc. obtained the rights from Japan's Nintendo Co. to make and sell toys based on characters from "Pokemon," an animated TV series that is wildly popular in Japan. The No. 2 U.S. toy maker will make a variety of Pokemon toys for sale in the U.S. and other countries outside Asia and expects to begin shipments in the fourth quarter. Nintendo merchandise based on Pokemon, which is short for "Pocket Monsters," has generated $4 billion in retail sales in Japan in the last 18 months.
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February 16, 1995 | DORIAN BENKOIL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Family budgets that survived the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers will soon face an assault from another team of Japanese super-heroes--wearing pleated miniskirts and go-go boots. "Sailor Moon," a blond, ponytailed teen-ager, and her girlfriends are on the way to combat evil and sexism--and sell as many dolls, trinkets and toys as possible. DIC Productions of Burbank plans to bring the Japanese cartoon series into American homes in September. Japan's Bandai Co.
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September 6, 1988 | SAM JAMESON, Times Staff Writer
Stories about discriminating--some even say nit-picking--Japanese consumers have become legend, particularly among foreign manufacturers who for years have been frustrated in trying to sell their products in Japan. A car won't sell here because its doors don't close snugly. An electric clock is snubbed because the wiring on the back is messy. Or a refrigerator is passed up because the shelves sag 1/16th of an inch under heavy weight.
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