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    1. September 29, 2014

      Cameras: out of focus

      Newton’s third law of motion states that every force has an equal and opposing effect. Consider the smartphone. Its...

    2. December 5, 2013

      Gadget gifts that are not just for Christmas

      With the holiday shopping season truly under way, this is the second of a two-part guide to some must-have gadgets with...

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    1. Japan - Banking & Finance 2012

      With no end in sight for sluggish growth, the migration of financial institutions over...
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    1. October 24, 2013

      Canon: camera obscura

      Just four of Japan’s 100 biggest companies have seen their shares prices fall this year. Two of the four make cameras. One...

    2. October 24, 2013

      Canon warns on weak Europe and Asia sales

      Canon has cut its full-year profit forecast, warning that sluggish European and Asian economies would hurt its business. The...

    3. September 27, 2013

      Opportunity knocks

      There’s a very good chance that roughly 83 per cent of the people who read this little corner of the newspaper will soon be...

    4. July 30, 2013

      Japan suffers industrial output drop

      Japan’s industrial output declined for the first time in five months in June, contracting 3.3 per cent, but manufacturers’...

    5. July 25, 2013

      Equities mixed as China concerns linger

      Thursday 21:10 BST. Lingering concerns about the outlook for the Chinese economy, plus another mixed batch of corporate...

    6. June 17, 2013

      Canon’s focus goes beyond cameras

      Canon’s circular offices at Stockley Park west of London were once the sales and marketing outpost of a camera maker run...

    7. May 31, 2013

      Apple raises prices as Abenomics bites Japanese consumers

      Forget jumpy bond yields and Chinese gripes about capital inflows. Japanese consumers are experiencing the most personal...

    8. April 25, 2013

      Nintendo, Shiseido, Canon: yen for change

      Sometimes, a 15 per cent fall in your currency is just not enough. Updates from Nintendo, Shiseido and Canon are a reminder...

    9. February 8, 2013

      Nikon: out of the picture

      By the time you finish reading this sentence, about 3,000 new pictures will have been shared via Instagram alone. Some will...

    10. January 20, 2013

      Retired 3M chief finds a new life in sustainability

      Sir George Buckley’s CV is littered with the names of reassuringly solid manufacturers such as the Emerson Electric Company,...

    11. December 28, 2012

      US budget impasse curbs Asia markets

      Friday 03:20 GMT. Asian markets were higher as Japanese shares extended gains to hit a high for 2012 on the back of a weaker...

    12. November 8, 2012

      Tokyo stocks slide on fiscal fears

      Asian shares dropped for the first time in three days as the re-election of US President Barack Obama shifted investor...

    13. October 28, 2012

      Retail corporate bonds: More interest paid in a stable return

      Bankers in Tokyo tend to offer three pieces of advice for elderly relatives fielding cold calls from brokers. “If the...

    14. October 26, 2012

      Earnings and China fund woes hit Asia stocks

      Asian stocks fell sharply on Friday as earnings disappointments weighed and data showed weak quarterly performances for...

    15. September 24, 2012

      China stocks edge up on stimulus hopes

      The Shanghai Composite bucked a trend for wider losses in Asia on Monday, on hopes that Beijing will introduce stimulus...

    16. September 7, 2012

      China leads the way as Asian shares rally

      Chinese stocks set a strong upward pace for wider Asian markets on Friday, after news of significant infrastructure spending...

    17. August 9, 2012

      Japanese cameras – snapping at heels

      Sell more, make less money. As a motto it is hardly Olympian in aspiration. Yet Japan’s world-beating camera makers, so...

    18. July 25, 2012

      Weak 3DS sales weigh on Nintendo

      Nintendo failed to dig itself out of an unprecedented net loss in its fiscal first quarter, though it stood by its...

    19. March 19, 2012

      Sharp: slip sliding away

      Yen slide? Tick. Turnround plan or change of management under way? Tick and tick. Then why is Sharp still sliding while its...

    20. March 8, 2012

      Asian stocks rally on US job hopes

      Asian stocks were lifted by improving prospects for a Greek debt swap deal and a recovery in the US labour market, while a...

    21. February 13, 2012

      Asia climbs on expectations for Europe

      Most Asian markets were higher as investors took heart from the Greek parliament’s approval of severe austerity measures...

    22. February 3, 2012

      Letter from Lex: The big ones

      When it comes to fishing and earthquakes, there is always much talk of the “big one”. But it was the corporate world that...

    23. February 1, 2012

      China shares drop as hopes for easing fade

      Investors in China took little heart from an unexpected pick-up in the country’s manufacturing with markets in Shanghai and...

    24. January 30, 2012

      Tech powers and a harsh lesson in survival

      From troubled BlackBerry maker Research In Motion to fading internet power Yahoo and the bankrupt Eastman Kodak, the...

    25. January 30, 2012

      Canon chairman takes on president’s post

      Fujio Mitarai, the 76-year-old chairman of Canon, is to resume day-to-day control of the Japanese camera and printer maker...

    26. January 30, 2012

      Canon: firing profit blanks

      Only in Japan could a 70-year old step aside ostensibly for a younger management team, but be replaced for now by a...

    27. January 19, 2012

      One negative too many for Kodak

      For the best part of two decades, Eastman Kodak has been a case study in whether a global pioneer in an earlier, analogue...

    28. January 19, 2012

      Vietnam’s factories grapple with growing unrest

      The number of wildcat strikes in Vietnam doubled last year as workers suffering from Asia’s highest inflation rate struggled...

    29. January 16, 2012

      Chinese resource stocks hit by demand fears

      Asian stocks dropped as banks and commodity producers lost ground on renewed concerns that Europe’s debt crisis is far from...

    30. January 12, 2012

      Asian stocks ease on China growth concerns

      China Unicom fell for a third successive session as fears of mounting competition pressures encouraged investors to take...

    31. January 10, 2012

      Icann to expand domain despite web of protest

      The non-profit organisation that oversees internet domain names has said it will go ahead with plans to create several...

    32. December 15, 2011

      Olympus considers use of strategic investor

      Olympus is considering raising funds from a strategic investor in what would be a controversial manoeuvre to repair damage...

    33. November 4, 2011

      Asia rallies slightly but ends the week down

      Asian stocks snapped a four-day run of losses on Friday but still ended the week more than 3 per cent lower as investors...

    34. October 31, 2011

      Lacklustre earnings take shine off Asian equities

      Asian stock markets ended a strong month on a negative note as corporate earnings concerns came to the fore. The FTSE...

    35. October 25, 2011

      Chinese stocks boosted by commodity rally

      Chinese shares continued to rise as resource-related stocks benefited from recent optimism about a return to strong economic...

    36. October 5, 2011

      Technology only partly explains demise of Kodak

      From Prof Charles McMillan. Sir, The idea that disruptive technology explains the demise of Kodak (Tony Jackson, October 3)...

    37. September 29, 2011

      Remedy for untidy paperholic syndrome

      One of my colleagues must have the IQ of Einstein if the saying about cluttered desks being a sign of genius is true. Great...

    38. September 20, 2011

      Tokyo and Sydney financials extend losses

      Financial stocks in Tokyo and Sydney extended losses as the downgrade by Standard & Poor’s of Italy’s credit rating came...

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