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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...

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  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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