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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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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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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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)...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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....

  24. March 1, 2013

    Crossrail private finance plan scrapped

    A £1bn private finance initiative for new trains for the Crossrail rail project was scrapped on Friday in a blow to George...

  25. February 5, 2013

    Stocks rebound after eurozone wobble

    Tuesday 21.05 GMT. Global stock markets rebounded after a wobbly start to the week, pushing the S&P 500 back above the 1500...

  26. January 10, 2013

    Japanese electronics go to Vegas

    Panasonic could close businesses, Sony will win back customers one product at a time, while Sharp is getting more...

  27. December 27, 2012

    Toshiba eyes sale of atomic power stake

    Toshiba, the Japanese conglomerate, is seeking to offload a big stake in its Westinghouse atomic power unit amid global...

  28. December 16, 2012

    Hitachi suffers setback over UK train deal

    Hitachi’s attempts to establish itself in the lucrative European rail market have suffered a setback after the UK government...

  29. beyondbrics

    December 14, 2012

    New York headlines

    * China manufacturing may expand at faster pace this month * Shanghai jumps 4% on upbeat data * India WPI inflation: reasons...

  30. beyondbrics

    December 14, 2012

    London headlines

    * Most Asian stocks fall amid US budget talks deadlock * China manufacturing may expand at faster pace this month * China...

  31. December 13, 2012

    UK approves EDF nuclear design

    French power company EDF has won broad approval from UK safety agencies for its latest designs for nuclear reactors that...

  32. December 11, 2012

    Renesas – everyone chips in

    Japan is proving that it will go to great lengths to keep things in the family. Renesas, the struggling maker of...

  33. December 3, 2012

    Engineer sector warns on skills shortage

    Britain needs to treble the number of engineering apprentices, double the number of engineering graduates and ramp up...

  34. November 30, 2012

    Euro pares gains on Moody’s downgrades

    Friday 22.10 GMT. Global stocks ended a volatile month on steadier ground as uncertainty lingered over the US budget but...

  35. November 29, 2012

    Hitachi and Mitsubishi Heavy in tie-up

    Two of Japan’s top industrial conglomerates are to merge their thermal power plant units, mounting a challenge to Siemens...

  36. November 29, 2012

    UK energy infrastructure – more light

    When a government talks about a “once in a generation” investment opportunity, investors should keep a tight hold of their...

  37. November 26, 2012

    Tokyo-backed fund to rescue Renesas

    An investment fund controlled by Japan’s government has agreed to rescue Renesas Electronics by buying a majority stake in...

  38. November 25, 2012

    UK faces stark choices with energy bill

    If you are looking for evidence that Britain is on the brink of an energy revolution, look across the North Sea to Denmark....

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