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    1. February 5, 2016

      Hon Hai/Sharp: badly screened

      Sharp move. This week, struggling Japanese electronics company Sharp promoted Hon Hai to the front of the queue in its...

    2. February 4, 2016

      Hon Hai ahead in race to acquire Sharp

      Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry has emerged as a surprise frontrunner in the takeover battle over Sharp that has...

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    1. January 29, 2016

      Foxconn set to raise Sharp bid to Y700bn

      The battle to acquire Sharp is set to rumble on as Hon Hai Precision Industry — better known as Foxconn — plans to...

    2. January 27, 2016

      Foxconn’s Terry Gou appeals to Tokyo over $5.1bn Sharp bid

      The takeover battle over troubled electronics maker Sharp has intensified after Terry Gou, founder and chairman of...

    3. January 26, 2016

      Protectionism at play in Sharp takeover drama

      For the first time in a long while, it looked like investors in Sharp had reason to cheer. Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision...

    4. January 22, 2016

      Foxconn bid for Sharp is part of strategy to diversify

      A clue to the logic behind Hon Hai Precision Industry’s Y600bn ($5.1bn) bid for Sharp, the struggling Japanese...

    5. January 21, 2016

      Sharp is the target of $5.1bn bidding war

      Struggling electronics group Sharp has become the object of a bidding war between Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry...

    6. January 4, 2016

      Japan Inc: new year, old habits

      In Japan, ailing companies die as hard as old habits. On Monday, shares in Japanese airbag maker Takata jumped as much...

    7. December 28, 2015

      Sharp shares rally after interest from Foxconn founder

      Sharp’s share price jumped 7 per cent in Tokyo on Monday after the chief executive of Foxconn said he could turn the...

    8. November 18, 2015

      Sharp tells workers to buy company goods

      First it cut wages but Sharp has a new demand for long-suffering employees: the struggling electronics group has set...

    9. October 20, 2015

      Government fund urges Japan auto industry shake-up

      The head of a Japanese government investment fund and a shareholder in a key Apple supplier is looking to trigger a...

    10. September 25, 2015

      Sharp shares nosedive on profit warning despite Foxconn rumours

      Shares in Sharp nosedived to a four-decade low after the supplier of screens to Apple and other smartphone makers...

    11. September 21, 2015

      Hon Hai: the point of Sharp

      It is hard to be profitable supplying to Apple, no matter how superior one’s technology. Japan’s Sharp, maker of device...

    12. July 31, 2015

      Japan’s Sharp to quit North America TV market

      Sharp is to pull out of the North American television market and will consider spinning off its display business as a...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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....

    18. 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...

    19. 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....

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. October 7, 2013

      Sharp: slicing expectations

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

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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