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    1. 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. Sharp...

    2. 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 dilemma...

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    1. Special Report: Investing in Japan 2013

      The government is stirring hopes that it will adopt bold measures to deregulate indust...
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      Among investors, Japan is often still seen as the spiritual home of the flabby conglom...
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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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 transport...

    4. 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 outlook for...

    5. 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 Prime...

    6. 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...

    7. 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 month...

    8. 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...

    9. 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 smartphones,...

    10. 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 insight to...

    11. 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 the...

    12. 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 horizontally...

    13. 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 patterns, as...

    14. 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...

    15. 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 concerns...

    16. 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 would...

    17. 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 Siemens...

    18. 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...

    19. April 21, 2014

      Japan posts largest-ever trade deficit

      Japan suffered its largest-ever trade deficit last fiscal year, underlining a wrenching structural shift for an economy long...

    20. March 20, 2014

      Hitachi to make UK its global rail HQ

      Hitachi is to make London the headquarters of its global rail business, underlining its aim to expand in the UK and to make...

    21. March 10, 2014

      Japan Display prices IPO at bottom of range

      Japan Display is set for an initial public offering at the bottom of its pricing range, suggesting tepid demand for a...

    22. March 3, 2014

      Smartphone screen maker Japan Display cuts ties to state with IPO

      Japan Display, one of the top manufacturers of smartphone screens, is to raise up to Y389bn ($3.8bn) in an initial public...

    23. February 6, 2014

      Pascal wagers AstraZeneca’s replenished pipeline will deliver

      Pascal Soriot has half-justified his £4m signing-on bonus from AstraZeneca. Shares in the drugs group have risen about 26...

    24. November 10, 2013

      Cookers, chips and consoles: high-tech Japan’s odd parts

      Decades before the PlayStation and the Walkman saw the light of day, engineers at Sony flirted with the mundane rather than...

    25. November 3, 2013

      CBI attempts to rally support for EU membership again

      Once you knew where business stood on Britain’s role in the EU: it was strongly pro-European. In the 1975 referendum on...

    26. October 14, 2013

      Manufacturers back UK remaining in the EU

      A third of manufacturers say they would be less likely to invest in the UK if Britain quit the EU, a survey by the EEF...

    27. October 11, 2013

      Hitachi warns UK not to exit EU

      Hitachi, the Japanese technology group, has warned the UK against leaving the European Union, saying the future of its...

    28. July 21, 2013

      Hitachi to push into Europe rail market

      Hitachi is looking to make a push into the continental European rail market after securing the second part of a large UK...

    29. July 18, 2013

      Hitachi wins £1.2bn East Coast train deal

      Hitachi Rail Europe has won a £1.2bn contract to build trains for the UK’s East Coast main line, as the Japanese company...

    30. beyondbrics

      June 26, 2013

      What the mysterious OD05 account tells us about China's view of Japan

      Overseas funds have rushed to Japan this year to buy the bull market touched off by prime minister Shinzo Abe. And it seems...

    31. FT Alphaville

      June 4, 2013

      The 6am Cut London

      Asian shares were muted. The Nikkei rose 1 per cent following Monday’s weak ISM manufacturing number in the US. (Reuters)...

    32. May 31, 2013

      Hitachi eyes rapid growth in UK direct lending

      Hitachi Personal Finance, the consumer lending arm of the Japanese engineering group, is to offer the cheapest unsecured...

    33. May 17, 2013

      Japan premier Shinzo Abe unveils goals to re-energise the economy

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, has laid out a series of ambitious goals for his “Abenomics” campaign to reenergise the...

    34. May 13, 2013

      Stocks cautious on Fed tapering talk

      Monday 21:10 BST. Global markets started the week on a cautious note as further strength for the dollar weighed on gold and...

    35. May 8, 2013

      Toshiba: un-American activities

      Missing forecasts by a fifth and undershooting new year estimates by a quarter would be enough to upset most investors. But...

    36. April 15, 2013

      Zoomlion stalls amid slowing China growth

      A tumble in Zoomlion’s shares has highlighted the hit that Chinese machinery makers are taking from slowing Chinese growth...

    37. March 27, 2013

      Electronics: Lifelines thrown to alleviate distress

      The tide could be turning for Japan’s distressed electronics industry after two decades of entrenched deflation, faltering...

    38. beyondbrics

      March 19, 2013

      L&T: deals in the works?

      Indian markets are buzzing with gossip about Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the Indian conglomerate, over two possible deals....

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