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    1. September 3, 2014

      Renesas: semi free

      Innovation and network: words redolent of tech start-ups. Not of government agencies. But Innovation Network Corporation of...

    2. March 5, 2014

      Birmingham sells NEC to settle equal pay bill

      Birmingham city council will sell the NEC national exhibition centre, one of the city’s landmark properties, to help meet a...

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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. November 28, 2013

      Sony is last Japanese company standing in tough smartphone market

      One by one, Japanese electronics makers have fallen by the wayside as competition intensifies in the smartphone market:...

    2. FT Alphaville

      November 20, 2013

      The 6am London Cut

      Markets: Asia-Pacific bourses were mixed, echoing a loss of momentum in the US market, with Japanese trade data failing to...

    3. November 19, 2013

      Greener cars: Low demand puts pressure on the battery

      Car batteries used to be an overlooked staple of the automotive industry. So long as the conventional 12-volt, lead-acid...

    4. August 12, 2013

      Cambodia’s ruling party handed poll victory

      PHNOM PENH, August 12 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s long-ruling party won a sweeping majority of provinces in a July...

    5. June 4, 2013

      Banks and chip stocks lift Europe’s bourses

      Banks provided the weight behind the move higher for European equities on Tuesday as better news on the Spanish labour...

    6. June 4, 2013

      Lenovo set for smartphone push through joint venture

      Lenovo is looking to boost global expansion of its fledgling smartphone business through a joint venture, as the Chinese...

    7. May 22, 2013

      Brazil: Mobile demand strains networks

      At first sight, Paraisópolis, São Paulo’s biggest favela or slum, does not look like a thriving market for smartphones. Just...

    8. May 8, 2013

      NEC Group boss keeps it live by studying concert-goers

      Glamour and professional duties happily coincide for Paul Thandi. When he attends such events as the Brit Awards, the UK’s...

    9. April 1, 2013

      Weak exporters lead Tokyo’s Nikkei lower

      Asian equities were hit by a mixed batch of economic data, led lower by Japan’s Nikkei 225 as investors booked profits on...

    10. 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...

    11. March 27, 2013

      Manufacturing: Countless efforts fail to produce employment

      In the northwestern provincial city of Komatsu, a vast factory that once produced metal stamping presses has been...

    12. March 21, 2013

      Italy’s stalemate unnerves investors

      Nearly four weeks after Italian elections resulted in a stalemate, politicians are still wrangling over the shape of a new...

    13. March 6, 2013

      Samsung: Sharp move

      What is Y10bn, or $110m, between friends? It is not much to Samsung (net cash $21bn) and it is hardly a sufficient sum to...

    14. February 18, 2013

      Abe needs to show he can walk the talk

      Over the past three months it has become clear what Prime Minister Abe stands for – Awesomely Bullish Equities. Since Shinzo...

    15. 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...

    16. December 9, 2012

      Chinese bid wins auction for A123

      A Chinese car parts maker has won the auction for bankrupt US battery maker A123 Systems, in a further success in...

    17. December 4, 2012

      China: After the storm

      It is easy to find bankers sighing about Chinese technology, media and telecoms deals these days. Since July, when the US...

    18. December 3, 2012

      Industry raises alarm on Earls Court plan

      Plans to demolish the Earls Court exhibition centre in west London will leave the city short of large-scale exhibition space...

    19. 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...

    20. November 9, 2012

      Asian stocks fall further

      There were further losses for Asian stocks on Friday, as the recent cocktail of concerns over the US fiscal cliff, global...

    21. November 7, 2012

      Apple loses $368m patent verdict in Texas

      Apple has been ordered to pay $368m in damages after it lost a patent battle in Texas over its FaceTime video-calling...

    22. October 30, 2012

      Insular culture blamed for Renesas woes

      A few months ago, financial advisers to Renesas Electronics, the Japanese microcontroller company, reached out to Kohlberg...

    23. October 29, 2012

      Tokyo stocks end flat on mixed data

      Tokyo stocks ended flat on Monday after a mixed bag of earnings, including a disappointing outlook from Honda and hopes of a...

    24. October 19, 2012

      Asian techs hit by disappointing US earnings

      Asian markets took a breather as earnings misses by Google and Microsoft in the US drove the region’s technology shares...

    25. October 2, 2012

      Japanese bosses try to unseat ‘window tribe’

      Yoshiaki Fujimori has a problem. The chief executive of Lixil Group, Japan’s biggest manufacturer of building materials, has...

    26. September 24, 2012

      Renesas – US private equity v Japan

      Imagine the PR pitch: “What if we show how vibrant corporate Japan is by turning round a company whose name sounds like...

    27. September 24, 2012

      Stocks end quarter on cautious tone

      Friday 21.30 BST. Wall Street wrapped up the quarter on a weaker note as investors took advantage of a recent rally in...

    28. September 6, 2012

      Asia’s exporters unsettled ahead of ECB

      Tokyo’s exporters were unsettled on Thursday, tracking modest falls on US equities markets as traders stayed cautious ahead...

    29. September 5, 2012

      Lenovo continues growth with Brazil purchase

      Lenovo has continued its aggressive expansion with the acquisition of CCE, a Brazilian consumer electronics company....

    30. September 5, 2012

      Japan’s NEC sells Lenovo stake

      NEC, the lossmaking Japanese computer company, has sold its 2.7 per cent stake in Lenovo of China for Y18bn ($230m) as it...

    31. August 31, 2012

      Renesas in takeover talks with KKR

      Renesas Electronics, the ailing Japanese semiconductor manufacturer, has been considering selling a controlling stake in...

    32. August 29, 2012

      Tech stocks lift Asian equity markets

      Technology stocks led Asian indices to modest gains on Wednesday as the region’s smartphone makers appeared to shake off the...

    33. August 29, 2012

      KKR starts talks to buy Renesas

      Kohlberg Kravis Roberts is in preliminary talks to take over Renesas Electronics of Japan through a Y100bn ($1.27bn) share...

    34. August 16, 2012

      Lenovo – sanity versus vanity

      Chinese companies know all about “zouchuqu” – going out – and staking a claim in global markets whatever the cost. Take ZTE:...

    35. July 24, 2012

      Asian stocks calmed by China data

      Asian equity markets withstood a cautious session on Tuesday, recovering some poise following the heavy sell-off of the...

    36. July 11, 2012

      Wen call boosts Chinese infrastructure

      Asian stocks were held in check as concerns that the global economic slowdown will dent corporate earnings weighed on...

    37. June 1, 2012

      Letter from Lex: Left on the shelf

      What do singletons in their thirties and technology have in common? A fear of being left on the shelf. Research In Motion is...

    38. May 28, 2012

      Renesas Electronics: no renaissance

      Even experts admit that it is hard to keep up with the cutting edge of the chipmaking world. Not so, alas, for corporate...

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