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  1. March 27, 2014

    Panasonic merges divisions to cut losses

    Panasonic is to merge its consumer electronics business with its IT division, as part of a Y300bn ($2.9bn) two-year effort...

  2. March 20, 2014

    Smog insurance added to efforts in China’s war on pollution

    Travellers to China worried that their view of the Great Wall will be obscured by Beijing’s pollution can rest easy with a...

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  1. beyondbrics

    March 13, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Li says China defaults ‘unavoidable’ | Days after China’s first domestic bond default Premier Li Keqiang...

  2. beyondbrics

    March 13, 2014

    London morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * US warns Russia of Crimea poll reprisals | Moscow deploys fighter jets to Belarus after Washington moves...

  3. March 12, 2014

    Panasonic offers China workers pollution compensation

    Panasonic has become the first international company to declare it will pay employees it sends to China a premium to...

  4. January 29, 2014

    Casio Computer: wrist action

    Anyone who had a Casio calculator watch in the 1980s knows that wearable tech is nothing new. Admit it: you also owned its...

  5. December 20, 2013

    BlackBerry swings wildly following Foxconn tie-up

    BlackBerry shares swung wildly after investors looked past a $4.4bn loss and poor sales of its new series of devices to...

  6. December 19, 2013

    The AniMotion Show, St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh – review

    When artist Maria Rud presented her first AniMotion Show in St Giles’ Cathedral two years ago, her captivating images,...

  7. 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...

  8. 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:...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. November 7, 2013

    New Japan index vaunts return on equity and investor friendliness

    Farewell Panasonic, Mazda Motor and Tokyo Electric Power. All are stalwarts of the Nikkei 225 stock average and the Topix,...

  12. November 4, 2013

    High-tech cars spark fears of auto patent wars

    An arms race between manufacturers to dominate the future market for green cars has sent patent activity to record highs and...

  13. October 31, 2013

    Dollar up as markets ponder taper timing

    Thursday 20:10 GMT. Action in the currency markets grabbed the headlines as expectations for central bank policy on both...

  14. October 30, 2013

    Japan’s former export giants try to bounce back

    The two pillars of the electronics and automobile industries defined postwar Japan. Raising living standards for ordinary...

  15. September 27, 2013

    KKR takes majority stake in Panasonic Healthcare for $1.7bn

    Panasonic has agreed to sell a majority stake in its healthcare business to private equity group KKR for about Y165bn...

  16. beyondbrics

    September 27, 2013

    New York headlines

    * US and Iran set date for nuclear talks * Shanghai gambles on new free trade zone * Attacks in Kashmir kill 12 ahead of...

  17. September 11, 2013

    DoCoMo iPhone move set to dial up competition

    NTT DoCoMo, the last iPhone holdout in Japan’s $200bn telecoms market, has caved in and joined the Apple party, setting the...

  18. August 13, 2013

    Whirlpool to buy Hefei Sanyo stake in effort for China foothold

    Whirlpool of the US has agreed on a $552m proposal to take control of a Chinese maker of fridges and washing machines as it...

  19. August 1, 2013

    Yen helps Japanese electronics makers turn a profit

    Japan’s struggling consumer electronics sector won a measure of relief from a weaker yen last quarter, earnings reports...

  20. July 18, 2013

    Consolidation key to revival of Japan Inc

    The dismissal last month of Satoshi Hasegawa, president of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, came as a shock to corporate Japan....

  21. FT Alphaville

    May 30, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian stocks fell, with the Nikkei declining more than 3% and the yen trading around 101.2, close to a three-week high. The...

  22. May 28, 2013

    Intellectual protection gets global overhaul

    The world of patents has had a momentous year. The 40-year dream of a unified European patent is coming to fruition and the...

  23. May 24, 2013

    Whirlpool in talks to buy 30% Sanyo stake from Panasonic

    Whirlpool of the US is in talks to buy a 30 per cent stake in a Chinese maker of fridges and washing machines from Panasonic...

  24. May 19, 2013

    Loeb’s vision for Sony draped in risk

    It takes a special breed of financier to see a drowning man’s life vest as an obstacle to his swimming practice. But that,...

  25. May 15, 2013

    ‘Abenomics’ yet to convince Japanese business of long-term merits

    The architects of Japan’s assault on the yen could be forgiven for thinking Osamu Suzuki, the grand old man of the country’s...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. April 19, 2013

    Abe pushes for more women in senior roles

    The request was polite and the scale was hardly European in ambition, but Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, moved on...

  29. April 3, 2013

    India benefits from Japan Inc shift

    As Indian finance minister Palaniappan Chidambaram wraps up an investment promotion trip to Tokyo on Wednesday, he has...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. March 27, 2013

    Asian brands: Outsiders try to get a grip on high demands and local loyalty

    Until recently, Asian consumer brands were all but invisible in Japan, despite the rising popularity of Korean electronics...

  33. March 20, 2013

    Budget 2013: ‘We need to be ahead of the curve’

    When George Osborne delivers his Budget, his face will be plastered across 25 television screens in Taz Hossain’s Panasonic...

  34. 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...

  35. February 15, 2013

    Japanese air purifiers are big in China

    Even as Japanese officials wring their hands about the harmful effects of China’s air pollution drifting over to Japan,...

  36. February 13, 2013

    Stocks up on optimism over global economy

    Wednesday 21:05 GMT. Global stock indices edged higher as investor optimism over prospects for the global economy and...

  37. February 7, 2013

    Japan electronics: inspecting gadgets

    So near, Sony, yet so far. The market logic was clear enough: if Panasonic and Sharp, its two lossmaking rivals, managed to...

  38. January 30, 2013

    LG Electronics posts loss after EU fine

    LG Electronics, the world’s second-largest television maker by revenue, reported an unexpected loss for the fourth quarter...

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