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    1. August 22, 2016

      Japan’s Renesas considers bid for US rival Intersil

      Renesas Electronics, the world’s third-largest producer of automotive microchips, is considering acquiring US rival...

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      August 8, 2016

      iPhone display supplier sinks on reports it needs assistance

      Shares in Japan Display, a key supplier of screens for Apple iPhones, have taken a tumble amid reports the company has...

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    1. May 11, 2016

      Japanese investors in Britain depend on the links to Europe

      Like many Japanese, I was brought up to admire the UK’s role over centuries as an industrial and political power —...

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      April 7, 2016

      US activist asks Italian court to come in on Hitachi/Ansaldo deal

      US investment fund Elliott has asked an Italian court to rule that the price paid for a controlling stake in Italian...

    3. February 29, 2016

      Cinnober wins Japan Exchange derivatives clearing deal

      Cinnober, a Swedish trading technology supplier,  has won the contract to upgrade Japan Exchange’s derivatives clearing...

    4. January 24, 2016

      Pop stars go out of tune in corporate Japan

      After decades of relying on boybands to endorse everything from beer and cars to hair gel and DIY stores, corporate...

    5. January 11, 2016

      Japan business leaders urge real globalisation

      In the early 1990s, Japan seemed to be everywhere. Its car and electronics brands were worldwide household names....

    6. January 10, 2016

      Nobel winner Shuji Nakamura warns Japan risks scientific exodus

      Corporate Japan could face an exodus of scientific talent as companies push for a more rigid contract with employees...

    7. December 22, 2015

      Toshiba: ageing ungracefully

      If wisdom comes with age, Japan’s Toshiba should have a pretty high corporate IQ. Established in 1875, Toshiba is much...

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      December 21, 2015

      Toshiba shares fall 10% to three-year low

      Shares of Toshiba fell to their lowest in more than three years as the scandal-hit industrial group is set to unveil...

    9. December 14, 2015

      Software developers help shake up public transport

      Imagine being able to know which carriage of a train to get on, in order to make sure you get a seat and can rest your...

    10. December 8, 2015

      Bridge crosses big divide between Mexico and US

      US-Mexico border Fly into Tijuana, a Mexican city synonymous with tequila, sex and marijuana, in the words of singer...

    11. December 4, 2015

      Toshiba and Fujitsu eye PC tie-up

      Toshiba and Fujitsu are eyeing a merger of their struggling laptop businesses in Japan’s latest attempt to salvage its...

    12. October 26, 2015

      Stocks pause for breath after rally

      Monday 20.00 GMT. US and European stocks paused for breath after the strong gains of the previous two sessions as...

    13. October 26, 2015

      Hitachi: lightening up

      Just because you can does not mean you should. Some Japanese companies do lots of things, but should not do so many....

    14. September 29, 2015

      Hitachi agrees settlement on ‘improper payments’ in South Africa

      Hitachi, the Japanese group, has agreed to pay $19m to settle US regulatory charges that it inaccurately recorded...

    15. September 3, 2015

      Rail manufacturing returns to north-east England

      Rail manufacturing returned to its birthplace in north-east England yesterday with the opening of Hitachi’s £82m County...

    16. August 11, 2015

      Sendai nuclear plant restarts amid outcry

      At 10.30am on Tuesday, eight fuel rods at the Sendai No.1 reactor clicked out of their boric acid bath, restarting one...

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      June 24, 2015

      FT Opening Quote - Stagecoach drives 10% divvy rise

      Stagecoach shareholders are riding in comfort with a 10.5 per cent dividend rise, Ahold and Delhaize are combining...

    18. May 26, 2015

      Japan Inc lowers expectations after bumper run

      After a bumper year of record profits, large multinational Japanese companies are starting to feel the pressure of the...

    19. May 11, 2015

      Sharp: screen test

      Sometimes the best course of action is to do nothing. In the case of Sharp this is untrue. And true at the same time....

    20. April 6, 2015

      World watches how Japan manages its ageing citizens

      Japanese companies from Hitachi and Toyota to Daiwa Securities are turning to digital medical records to tackle the...

    21. March 31, 2015

      Hitachi chief looks beyond Japan to build global conglomerate

      Hiroaki Nakanishi, the chief executive of Hitachi, made his name as a turnround artist, setting the broader trend for...

    22. March 18, 2015

      Japan Inc gives biggest boost to base pay for more than a decade

      Toyota, Nissan and Hitachi are among Japan’s largest companies moving to slot in place the missing piece of the prime...

    23. February 24, 2015

      Hitachi snaps up Finmeccanica’s rail business in €809m deal

      Hitachi has swooped on Finmeccanica’s rail assets in a €809m cash deal that will strengthen its position in the...

    24. February 9, 2015

      Rail manufacturers enjoy good times after slew of large orders

      Big projects led by a new train line for London are providing the UK’s rail manufacturing industry with its best...

    25. January 27, 2015

      Japan Inc shuns seniority in favour of merit-based pay

      Japanese companies including Toyota, Hitachi and Panasonic are moving away from seniority-based pay scales, boosting...

    26. January 6, 2015

      Global fines for price-fixing hit $5.3bn record high

      Fines meted out to companies for price-fixing reached a record high in 2014, as antitrust authorities cracked down on...

    27. December 30, 2014

      Restructuring costs weigh down Japan Inc

      Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe promised further economic stimulus measures after winning a new four-year term this...

    28. December 16, 2014

      ABB and Hitachi form Japanese joint venture focused on energy

      ABB and Hitachi are to launch a joint venture to supply equipment for Japan’s energy grids, in a move that could be a...

    29. December 7, 2014

      Abe pushes ‘womenomics’ to shake up Japan’s workforce dynamic

      When Eikei Suzuki took time off work following the birth of his first child, it made national news in Japan. In joining...

    30. December 7, 2014

      Sharp displays may be the shape of things to come

      Display technology has seen all manner of innovations, but the rectangular design of digital devices — be they...

    31. December 7, 2014

      Successors to company founders in Japan lack the necessary insight to nurture talent and innovation

      This article is published by the FT as part of a collaboration with Nikkei that started in 2013 to provide added...

    32. November 27, 2014

      ThyssenKrupp unveils new directions for lifts – to the left and right

      The design of skyscrapers could be transformed by a cable-free elevator which is powered by magnets and moves...

    33. September 5, 2014

      Barclays to launch finger vein scanners

      Barclays has become the first UK bank to launch scanners that identify customers by their fingers’ unique vein...

    34. August 8, 2014

      Japan’s current account returns to deficit

      Japan reported its second consecutive half-year current account deficit on Friday and its first for the January-to-June...

    35. June 19, 2014

      GE revises Alstom bid to appease Paris

      General Electric has revised its offer for French industrial champion Alstom in an attempt to appease government...

    36. June 12, 2014

      Siemens / Mitsubishi: tactical moves

      Napoleon may have balked at the idea of a French company surrendering to German advances, but as a master tactician he...

    37. June 12, 2014

      France deliberates after Siemens changes tack in Alstom bid

      French president François Hollande met senior ministers on Thursday to consider the last-minute change of tack from...

    38. May 16, 2014

      Toshiba turns a new leaf with diversification into lettuce

      Japanese companies have never been shy when it comes to diversifying into radically new fields, with postwar corporate...

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