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    1. April 10, 2012

      Sony warns of worst ever full-year loss

      The scale of challenge of challenges facing Sony have underscored by a warning from the electronics and entertainment group...

    2. March 20, 2012

      Unlikely hero

      Last spring the Japanese highway authority received an unusual letter from Michael Woodford, a 50-year-old Briton who had...

    Special Reports

    1. Special Report: Boldness in Business 2012

      Seven success stories are honoured in this year’s awards...
    2. Investing in Japan 2012

      Inward investment: Japan’s skills and diligence prove their worth Architecture: Tokyo...
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    1. March 8, 2012

      Energy needs: Thinking small is new big idea

      After Japan’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake badly damaged his house in Sendai last year, Eiji Okuyama went weeks without gas,...

    2. February 13, 2012

      Olympus expects Y32bn full-year loss

      Olympus, the scandal-hit Japanese optical equipment maker, said it expected to suffer a Y32bn net loss this year owing to...

    3. January 11, 2012

      Olympus committees criticise executives

      In the wake of the accounting scandal at Olympus , the shrinking group of executives still running the Japanese company has...

    4. December 5, 2011

      Disasters put old approaches to stern test

      When Japanese technology executives this month attend their office bonenkai – boozy “forget-the-year parties” – they will...

    5. October 21, 2011

      Camera-maker obscurer

      On February 10, Olympus made a surprising announcement. The venerable Japanese manufacturer of optical equipment was...

    6. May 6, 2011

      How Fukushima failed

      Inside the nuclear exclusion zone in April. Visible on the horizon: the Fukushima Daini plant, about 15km from the Fukushima...

    7. April 7, 2011

      Tokyo companies face power shortages

      Big companies in the Tokyo area may be forced to cut electricity consumption by 25 per cent this summer as Japan grapples...

    8. March 18, 2011

      Fukushima teams ‘prepared for death’

      Explosions that blew the steel roofs off two nuclear reactors. Desperate water drops from military helicopters to try to...

    9. July 28, 2010

      Japanese tanker damaged in Strait of Hormuz

      A Japanese oil tanker was damaged on Wednesday by an explosion that may have been caused by an attack as it was travelling...

    10. June 29, 2010

      Japan feels the heat from nuclear rivals

      Beyond Brics (Jonathan Soble): It's not just cars and televisions any more: Japan is stepping up efforts to sell its nuclear...

    11. June 12, 2010

      Fujitsu, Toshiba in merger talks

      Fujitsu and Toshiba are negotiating to merge their mobile handset businesses, people familiar with the matter said yesterday...

    12. May 4, 2010

      The public image: Nike 'Music Shoe'

      Client: Nike Agency: Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo Territory: Japan Verdict: **Nike has always pitched itself to two audiences with...

    13. April 20, 2010

      Egyptian dealer sues Mitsubishi

      Mitsubishi Motors, the Japanese carmaker, has been sued by its Egyptian dealer over its decision to end its sales...

    14. March 20, 2010

      Japan finalises workers' bill

      Japan's Democratic-led government yesterday finalised a bill that would make it more difficult for companies to hire...

    15. March 6, 2010

      Tokyo delays carbon bill

      Japan is struggling over how to meet its ambitious promise to cut carbon emissions by a quarter from 1990 levels by 2020.The...

    16. March 2, 2010

      Production boost for solar panels

      Mitsubishi Electric, Toshiba and Showa Shell yesterday each unveiled plans to boost their solar panel production.Shigeaki...

    17. February 18, 2010

      Reaching breaking point

      Among the safety measures outlined by Toyota Motor yesterday was the addition of a computerised power-override system to all...

    18. February 17, 2010

      Dubai Metro work back on track

      Work has restarted on Dubai's Metro system after a settlement was reached with a Japanese-led consortium over disputed...

    19. February 15, 2010

      Subordinates kept Toyoda in the dark

      From Mr Brian Harrison.Sir, Jonathan Soble and John Reed (“Toyota’s stumbling scion”, February 6) find Toyota chief...

    20. February 7, 2010

      Krispy Kreme: Victory is sweet for doughnut venture

      If Japanese waistlines have grown a little bigger in the past few years, the failure of private equity to take off in the...

    21. February 7, 2010

      Airports: Aviation policy starts to spread its wings

      When Japan Airlines filed for bankruptcy protection last month, many blamed the government’s passion for building...

    22. December 5, 2009

      Carmaker takes full control of Canadian plant Ingersoll

      General Motors has agreed to take control of its Canadian manufacturing venture with Suzuki, buying the Japanese group's 50...

    23. November 9, 2009

      Japan Airlines braced for more losses

      Japan Airlines is expected to report another heavy loss on Friday when it announces second-quarter results, as it struggles...

    24. July 23, 2009

      Japan’s ‘failed’ strategy seems to be working admirably

      From Mr Eamonn Fingleton. Sir, Robin Harding and Jonathan Soble (“Not made in Japan”, July 21) have recycled a familiar...

    25. July 1, 2009

      Japan's struggle to care for the elderly

      Health blog (Jonathan Soble): In rapidly ageing Japan, a bit of black humour has it that the only profitable businesses will...

    26. July 1, 2009

      N Korea-Burma link suspected

      The arrest by Japanese police of three men over an alleged attempt to send high-tech arms-making equipment to Burma at the...

    27. April 27, 2009

      Corporate Diary

      TODAY Earnings First State Bancorp Q1 -$0.48 (0.19) Merck Q1 $0.77 ($0.89) Mitsubishi Motors FY -Y11.87 (Y6.30) Sharp FY...

    28. April 23, 2009

      Toyota cuts management bonuses

      Toyota, the world's biggest carmaker by sales, is to slash management bonuses by 60 per cent this summer following a dismal...

    29. March 28, 2009

      Mizuho to cut its portfolio by 30%

      Mizuho Financial has responded to the sharp fall in Japanese share prices with plans to sell Y900bn ($9.1bn) of shares in...

    30. January 30, 2009

      Nippon Steel slashes forecast

      Nippon Steel, the world's second largest steelmaker, slashed its full-year profit forecast by a third yesterday to reflect...

    31. January 28, 2009

      ANA and JAL to cut services

      Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, Japan's two leading carriers, are planning to suspend some international and...

    32. January 21, 2009

      Toyota looks to return of family values to tackle crisis

      When Japanese car sales plunged in the turbulence after the second world war, Toyota Motorturned to executives outside its...

    33. December 19, 2008

      Goldman agrees Sanyo stake sale

      Goldman Sachs has agreed to sell its stake in Sanyo, the Japanese electronics group, Panasonicafter Panasonic raised its...

    34. December 17, 2008

      Toshiba to cut Nand production

      Toshiba, the Japanese electronics and engineering group, is to cut production of Nand flash-memory chips by 30 per cent in...

    35. November 20, 2008

      Japan’s adopted talking heads

      There are two groups of people that westerners who spend time in Japan can broadly be counted on to loathe. The first are...

    36. October 11, 2008

      Mediceo Paltac in $2bn bid for rival

      Mediceo Paltac, Japan's largest pharmaceuticals wholesaler, is to buy its biggest domestic rival in a $2bn deal designed to...

    37. September 29, 2008

      Japan's transport minister resigns

      Cracks appeared in the five-day-old administration of Taro Aso, Japan's prime minister, as his transport minister quit...

    38. September 23, 2008

      Shinsei slashes its profits forecast after link with Lehman comes home to roost

      Shinsei Bank yesterday slashed its profit forecast by four-fifths as it wrote off unsecured credit it had extended to...

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