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August 8, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. Leads Service Category: The United States dominated the world's largest service companies in 1990 in a new Fortune magazine ranking. The 500 companies on the Aug. 26 issue list had $167 billion in profits, down $11 billion from the previous Global Industrial 500. The list ranked sales of companies from finance to railroads in eight categories including diversified services, commercial banking, savings banking, life insurance and utilities.
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January 3, 1994 | From Associated Press
To Yuji Ishimaru, Japan's top corporations aren't just a bunch of skyscrapers downtown. They are living, breathing entities. And at night, they drop by his neighborhood, the Ginza, to spend their money. "If you want to know how Japan's economy is really doing, all you have to do is watch the Ginza," Ishimaru said from his office overlooking the famed up-market district. So, how is it doing? "Terrible," said Ishimaru, executive director of the Ginza Street Assn. "Just terrible."
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November 21, 1988 | JOHN BURGESS, Washington Post
Driving her Toyota into a filling station not long ago, a Washington woman was surprised to find about 50 Asian men crowding its pavement, some armed with cameras. As she hefted a self-service hose and pumped $5 of regular unleaded, they moved close, snapped photos and watched her every move with fascination. Who were they? A Japanese study delegation, of course, hot on the trail of American wisdom on gas station management.
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August 8, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. Leads Service Category: The United States dominated the world's largest service companies in 1990 in a new Fortune magazine ranking. The 500 companies on the Aug. 26 issue list had $167 billion in profits, down $11 billion from the previous Global Industrial 500. The list ranked sales of companies from finance to railroads in eight categories including diversified services, commercial banking, savings banking, life insurance and utilities.
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January 3, 1994 | From Associated Press
To Yuji Ishimaru, Japan's top corporations aren't just a bunch of skyscrapers downtown. They are living, breathing entities. And at night, they drop by his neighborhood, the Ginza, to spend their money. "If you want to know how Japan's economy is really doing, all you have to do is watch the Ginza," Ishimaru said from his office overlooking the famed up-market district. So, how is it doing? "Terrible," said Ishimaru, executive director of the Ginza Street Assn. "Just terrible."
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November 21, 1988 | JOHN BURGESS, Washington Post
Driving her Toyota into a filling station not long ago, a Washington woman was surprised to find about 50 Asian men crowding its pavement, some armed with cameras. As she hefted a self-service hose and pumped $5 of regular unleaded, they moved close, snapped photos and watched her every move with fascination. Who were they? A Japanese study delegation, of course, hot on the trail of American wisdom on gas station management.
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