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Mirai Works launches career-change site

Tokyo-based job-matching firm Mirai Works Inc. has launched a new career-change site at Professional-Career.jp to connect companies with professionals. Founded in Mar. 2012, Mirai Works (TSE: 6563) is a one-stop shop to meet the job needs of freelancers,...

Yahoo Auctions allows listing edits

No. 1 Japanese horizontal Yahoo Auctions has introduced a new feature for sellers that lets them change prices of products even after they’ve been listed. The function is currently available for desktop users. Notifications of price changes are sent to registered...

RedefyDIY targets self-serve home sales

Flat-fee U.S. real estate brokerage Redefy has launched a new product for DIY home sellers. They can now advertise their homes with 10 photos on a local multiple listing service (MLS) --- plus major classified sites like Zillow and Realtor.com --- . for an upfront...

OLX Romania posts 43% profit hike

OLX Romania, the country’s largest horizontal, posted a net profit of RON 27.5 million ($6.5 million U.S.) last year. That’s a year-on-year increase of 43 percent, according to local financial daily Ziarul Financiar. Last year saw OLX Romania implement stricter...

Anibis.ch offers delivery with Trans24.com

Scout24 Schweiz AG-backed Anibis.ch has entered into a business agreement with Trans24.com to offer a delivery service to its online shoppers.  This content is part of our business intelligence service. Please click the button below to learn more....

En-Tenshoku ranked No. 1 career-change site

Tokyo-based research firm Oricon Inc. has issued its 2019 rankings of career-change sites in Japan, based on customer satisfaction surveys with more than 4,200 of their actual users.  En-Tenshoku (at Employment.En-Japan.com) clinched the first position, according to...

RakuMachi now screens for decoy ads

Leading Japanese income-producing property vertical RakuMachi.jp has introduced property transaction screening and penalty systems to check decoy ads and ensure fair market practices. RakuMachi employs a separate examination department that periodically conducts...

I-Common.jp introduces auditor-matching feature

I-Common.jp, a jobs referral site that connects retirees with employers, has launched independent officer-matching service to help companies improve compliance with corporate laws.   I-Common.jp is owned by Persol Holdings Limited. Launched as a management advisory...

Nomura hires auditor

Nomura Real Estate has announced personnel changes. Two auditors retired, while a new one was hired. The announcement was made at a recent board meeting. Naruse Masaya (鳴瀬 雅也) and Fujitani Shigeki (藤谷 茂樹) retired while Takayama Ning ((高山 寧) was recruited as a new...

Mercari opens AI offices in Cambridge

Japanese flea market operator Mercari Inc. has hired a new team of AI engineers in the U.S. to predict the buying and selling behaviors of U.S. customers and give them more personalized experiences. Mercari is battling Yahoo Auctions for the No.1 horizontal spot in...

Walie Holdings to manage Jiji’s OLX businesses

Naspers-owned OLX Group’s sale of its African OLX horizontals to Ukraine-based Genesis Technology Partners is officially complete. Genesis subsidiary Jiji.ng now owns OLX horizontals in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. They will be managed by Walie...

Zhaopin tests 5G video interview technology

Chinese job board Zhaopin is testing new 5G-based video interview technology that will offer mobile, high-definition interviewing options for users of the company’s business-end app, Sina.com reported (in Chinese). According to a 2018 report by Ernst and Young,...

AfricaSokoni hopes to raise $1.5M

Kenyan online marketplace AfricaSokoni hopes to bring its total funding to $1.5 million by the end of June.  Founded by Ebrima Fatty in 2018, the Nairobi-based online marketplace caters to African buyers and sellers via its online b-to-b platform.   This content is...