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  1. 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 expected to...

  2. 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 capital...

  1. 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...

  2. October 7, 2013

    Sharp: slicing expectations

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

  3. 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 Japanese...

  4. 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 far...

  5. 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 ($50m)...

  6. 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 to...

  7. 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 as...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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....

  11. 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 prices,...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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 after...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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,...

  19. 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 2008,...

  20. 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...

  21. January 27, 2013

    Is Japan about to come in from the cold?

    Since the collapse of the great stock market and property bubble in 1990, Japan has been financially semi-detached from the...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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,...

  25. 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 weaker...

  26. December 5, 2012

    Abe can turn round Japan’s fortunes

    No sooner has a new leader been appointed in China, than Japan faces change at the top too. When it comes to transitions of...

  27. 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 is...

  28. December 4, 2012

    Qualcomm agrees Y9.9bn Sharp investment

    Qualcomm, the US technology group that makes microchips for Apple’s iPhone and other mobile devices, has moved to expand its...

  29. November 15, 2012

    Sony – group bonding

    Oh, James. Bonds of two kinds have produced good things for Sony. Mr Bond’s latest outing in Skyfall, on course to be the...

  30. November 14, 2012

    Property and banks lift Hang Seng

    Asian shares were broadly higher, ending a five-session losing streak, led by a strong performance in Hong Kong as property...

  31. November 2, 2012

    Japan tech groups confront past mistakes

    You know that Japanese companies are worried when they stop complaining about the yen. In earnings presentations this week...

  32. November 1, 2012

    Japan electronics – fuses blown

    It has taken Japan’s electronics giants just five years to wipe out the profits of nearly two decades. If Panasonic, Sharp...

  33. November 1, 2012

    Sharp admits ‘material doubt’ on survival

    Sharp has admitted there is “material doubt” about its ability to stay in business as it warned of a second year of record...

  34. 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...

  35. October 25, 2012

    Tokyo exporters climb on yen weakness

    Tokyo stocks climbed on Thursday, led by metals groups and other exporters after the yen weakened on speculation of monetary...

  36. October 15, 2012

    Nanoco strives to join up the ‘quantum dots’

    While showing a visitor around his company’s premises, Michael Edelman pauses in front of a piece of equipment that lies...

  37. October 3, 2012

    Japan beats path to renewable energy

    First it was Europe and then it was China, but as the world absorbs the impact of Tokyo’s decision to phase out nuclear...

  38. 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...

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