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Sony Downsize:

Sony Walkman

A bigger-than-expected net loss of $6.4 billion for the just-ended business year is a stark reminder of the pressure the entertainment and electronics conglomerate is under, battered by the yen’s strength and stiff competition from rivals.

The company needs a major hit obviously, can we suggest making some more robots? 

Projection: Major Tokyo earthquake would kill 9,700:

A Tokyo court ruled a clause in the
nationality law which stipulates that children of Japanese nationals born overseas who have acquired foreign nationality cannot get a Japanese passport unless their parents take steps to obtain nationality within three months of birth.

Enough stats, how about solutions? 

Department Store Market To Shrink By ¥1tln:

The domestic department store market will contract  sharply in the coming years, collectively accounting for less of the  retail industry than Aeon Co. (8267) alone.growth of the market.

Seems like people are less enthusiastic to pay thrice the price to get purchases triple wrapped by a trio of staff.

Tokyo Sky Tree

Lucky winners of Sky Tree ticket lottery announced:

The results of a lottery for the first public tickets to Tokyo Sky  Tree’s observation deck were announced on March 30, with only one in 335 applicants gaining admission for one slot on the first day Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will beat the winners to it with a late April preview trip.

And the rest of us can pursue the national hobby of queuing. 

Legislation To Criminalize Downloading Pirated Content:

TOKYO (Nikkei)–The main ruling and opposition parties have agreed to make downloads of illegally distributed music and video a crime.

How many of those of you reading this post are criminals then? 

Japan’s Population Totals 127.79mn In ‘11, Down 259,000 From ‘10:

TOKYO (Kyodo)–Japan’s population totaled an estimated 127,799,000 as  of Oct. 1, 2011, a decrease of 259,000, or 0.2 percent, from a year  earlier, government data showed Tuesday.

North Korean soldier

Flying Object From N Korea Falls Into Ocean, No Impact On Japan:

Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters on Friday morning a flying object was confirmed from North Korea at 7:42 a.m. but it has no impact on Japan.

Or, more accurately, fell into the sea with a whimper very soon after launch, taking with it the pride of the hermit kingdom’s new great leader. Sweet. 

2 killed in strong winds; Tokyo train services reduced:

At least two people were killed when strong winds and rain swept through central and eastern Japan on April 3, disrupting  transportation services and causing structural damage.

At least this time there is no causality between the deaths and the train delays.

74 drinkers at cherry blossom parties taken to hospitals:

Seventy-four people who drank to excess while viewing cherry blossoms  were taken to hospitals for acute alcoholic poisoning in Tokyo in nine  days, the largest number in five years.

For us it seemed more like 74 per park!