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    1. June 26, 2015

      Sony chief Hirai re-elected after year of challenges

      Kazuo Hirai, Sony chief executive, won a solid vote of confidence in his turnround strategy, as shareholders looked...

    2. May 15, 2015

      Sharp under fire over restructuring plan

      Sharp undertakes another restructuring Three years ago when Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi merged their struggling display...

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    1. Japan: Technology & Innovation

      Among investors, Japan is often still seen as the spiritual home of the flabby conglom...
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    1. May 14, 2015

      Sharp: die another day

      Surely it would be hard to disappoint a market already expecting the worst. And yet, on Thursday, Sharp redefined the...

    2. May 14, 2015

      Sharp warns on ability to stay afloat after $1.9bn loss

      Sharp undertakes another restructuring Sharp, a century-old stalwart of corporate Japan, has unveiled an annual loss of...

    3. 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....

    4. May 11, 2015

      Sharp lines up measures to regain its edge

      Less than three years after its last bailout, Sharp is in deep trouble yet again. Shares in the Japanese panel maker...

    5. April 6, 2015

      Japan tech: the sun rises again

      Olympus has fallen. So have Canon, Sharp and various other former giants. Japanese consumer electronics once dominated....

    6. March 3, 2015

      Japanese electronics: beauty and the beast

      In the short run, the market is a beauty contest. In the long run, victory goes to those who can win ugly. The contrast...

    7. March 3, 2015

      Threat of losses takes edge off Sharp shares

      Fears of ballooning losses sent shares in Sharp down nearly 10 per cent as the troubled Japanese display maker...

    8. February 3, 2015

      Profit proves fleeting for Japan’s Sharp

      Sharp, the struggling supplier to Apple, has warned that it will once again become loss-making as its smartphone...

    9. January 19, 2015

      Shares sink as Sharp warns on earnings

      Investor confidence in Sharp was dented after the Japanese supplier to Apple warned it may fall short of full-year...

    10. January 7, 2015

      Currency swings pose challenges for Asian groups

      Viewed from the South Korean port of Ulsan, home to the world’s largest shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, it is...

    11. 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...

    12. May 14, 2014

      Sony dismays investors with sombre results

      Sony once again gave investors cause for dismay after the Japanese electronics and entertainment company said it...

    13. April 14, 2014

      Sharp shares blunted as it considers raising more capital

      Shares in Sharp fell on Monday after it emerged that the heavily indebted Japanese group was considering a second...

    14. 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...

    15. October 7, 2013

      Sharp: slicing expectations

      Something is better than nothing, at least when desperate. Sharp must know the feeling. On Monday, the Japanese...

    16. October 7, 2013

      Sharp issue priced to raise Y137bn

      Sharp is set to raise Y136.6bn ($1.4bn) in the next month after its share offering was priced on Monday, as the...

    17. October 7, 2013

      Asia’s TV manufacturers change channel on strategy

      Taipei café owner Wei Peng-Jeng is an avid viewer of television series, but the small screen that he watches them on is...

    18. September 26, 2013

      Lixil / Grohe: home improvements

      This is how home improvement bills can mount up. Last week Lixil, the Japanese building materials group, spent Y5bn...

    19. September 18, 2013

      Sharp: missing the point

      Everyone has friends cooler than them, and friends who aren’t. Basking in an A-list glow helps anyone’s image. So kudos...

    20. September 18, 2013

      Sharp to raise $1.7bn in fresh capital

      Sharp is to raise as much as Y166.4bn ($1.7bn) through a share offering and tie-ups with fellow Japanese manufacturers...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. June 13, 2013

      Equity rout gives Japan bulls sharp reality check

      Just a few weeks ago Japan specialists were walking on air. After six months of almost uninterrupted gains in stock...

    25. May 23, 2013

      Appeal for calm after Japan share plunge

      Japanese stocks posted their steepest one-day decline in more than two years on Thursday amid record trading values, as...

    26. 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...

    27. March 18, 2013

      Sharp hit by delay in Qualcomm investment

      Sharp is to receive the second tranche of a Y9.9bn ($104m) investment from Qualcomm three months later than expected...

    28. March 6, 2013

      Sharp deal puts tie-up benefits in focus

      When Sharp built its pioneering LCD plant in Kameyama nine years ago, its main concern was to keep its state-of-the-art...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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,...

    32. February 14, 2013

      Decline boosts Japan’s case ahead of G20

      The first time Taro Aso appeared at a meeting of the Group of 20 leading economies, shortly after the Lehman crisis in...

    33. 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,...

    34. 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...

    35. January 9, 2013

      Qualcomm takes centre stage in Las Vegas

      Qualcomm’s “Born Mobile” sign towers over other billboards; its booth is one of the biggest and its chief executive...

    36. January 8, 2013

      Tide of change could engulf Asia’s banks

      In its most recent regulatory filing late last year, Focus Media, a Chinese advertising company listed in New York,...

    37. December 28, 2012

      US budget impasse curbs Asia markets

      Friday 03:20 GMT. Asian markets were higher as Japanese shares extended gains to hit a high for 2012 on the back of a...

    38. December 4, 2012

      Sharp / Qualcomm – when the chips are down

      Sit in the corner looking miserable for long enough and someone will eventually ask you to dance. That is what Qualcomm...

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