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  1. April 4, 2012

    US private sector adds 209,000 jobs

    By Robin Harding in Washington and Anjli Raval in New York The US is expected to post another solid month of jobs growth on...

  2. February 22, 2012

    Economics and society: Barrier to a breakthrough

    Ghaleb Ibrahim, a grizzled Jordanian immigrant with a mane of wavy grey hair, holds to a modest vision of the American...

  1. May 25, 2011

    Finance does not explain everything

    From Mr Daniel J. Aronoff. Sir, Robin Harding’s explanation of the relative stability of the Texas housing market is flawed...

  2. March 17, 2011

    Time to take oil price threat seriously

    From Ms Shruti Mehrotra. Sir, Robin Harding covers the macroeconomic impacts of high oil prices adequately (“Jump in oil...

  3. March 6, 2011

    US fiscal reality ignored by ‘starving the beast’

    The current debate on US fiscal policy has been shaped by two manoeuvres from the past decade: a dose of “starving the...

  4. January 3, 2011

    Rhetoric will not spur deal on US deficit

    If reality flows from rhetoric then 2011 should be the year of fiscal consolidation in the US. The US public tells pollsters...

  5. November 3, 2010

    Quantitative easing explained

    This interactive graphic explores what quantitative easing is and why a second round of QE is underway in the US. It also...

  6. October 18, 2010

    US midterm elections: The results

    This interactive graphic explores the results of the Congressional and gubernatorial races as they are declared, and the...

  7. June 2, 2010

    The grasshoppers and the ants - elucidating the fable

    Fables seek to illuminate reality. The goal of the one I told last week - concerning "the grasshoppers and the ants" - was...

  8. June 1, 2010

    The grasshoppers and the ants – elucidating the fable

    Fables seek to illuminate reality. The goal of the one I told last week – concerning “the grasshoppers and the ants” – was...

  9. May 18, 2010

    Japan leads way with coupons

    Consumers in Japan have used their mobile phones as shopping tools for the better part of a decade, and their experiences...

  10. May 10, 2010

    Backers hope for Sony optimism

    Investors are looking for Sony to slash its losses and forecast a strong return to profit when it reports full-year results...

  11. May 8, 2010

    Panasonic sets strategic goals

    Panasonic said yesterday it will take three more years to reach the strategic goals it set in 2007 as president Fumio...

  12. May 7, 2010

    Nintendo predicts continued decline

    Nintendo reported an 18 per cent drop in full-year net profits and forecast a continued decline in sales of its Wii consoles...

  13. April 23, 2010

    Ousted Fujitsu chief battles on

    Fujitsu's ousted former president Kuniaki Nozoe increased the pressure on his former employer yesterday by publicly sending...

  14. March 31, 2010

    Japan's output dips in February

    Japanese industrial production suffered its first fall in a year last month, but economists said the drop would be...

  15. March 1, 2010

    Rhetorical inflation in Japan

    Japan’s finance minister, Naoto Kan, wants to escape the country’s persistent deflation by the end of the year, according to...

  16. February 7, 2010

    Small companies: Under-rated stocks show rich promise

    Propose an investment in Japanese equities to most global fund managers and their response might be, at best, a weary sigh....

  17. February 7, 2010

    Design: Leaders in innovation are feeling the pressure

    From fashion to graphics, and architecture to furniture, the minimalist approach of Japanese designers, with its roots in...

  18. February 1, 2010

    Stakes set high for troubled Sony

    When Sony reports third-quarter results on Thursday the stakes will be higher than at any time since it warned of deep...

  19. January 30, 2010

    Consumer prices fall in Japan

    Japanese consumer prices in December fell at the fastest rate since records began in 1971, highlighting the risk of a...

  20. January 13, 2010

    JAL wins backing for pension cuts

    Japan Airlines yesterday finally won the required two-thirds support from its pensioners in order to sharply cut their...

  21. December 11, 2009

    Video: Japan hits the right note

    Some of Japan’s most famous companies are suffering from the strength of the yen and low-cost competition. But in its niche...

  22. December 9, 2009

    'Eco-points' extended

    One of the more crowd-pleasing aspects of Japan's economic stimulus package was an extension of "eco-points" subsidies on...

  23. November 20, 2009

    Sony evolves to keep rivals at bay

    Sony will create "evolving TVs" and other devices that can download and run third-party applications as part of its...

  24. November 17, 2009

    DPJ leak

    Japan's new Democratic party government was embarrassed yesterday when Masayuki Naoshima, the trade minister, leaked...

  25. November 7, 2009

    NEC announces new shares issue

    NEC has become the latest of Japan's large electronics companies to raise capital to shore up a recession-hit balance...

  26. October 28, 2009

    Canon and Ricoh find going tough

    Consumer spending on technology might be recovering , but businesses are still reluctant to invest in office equipment,...

  27. October 27, 2009

    Revived Hitachi boosts outlook

    Hitachi returned to operating profit in the second quarter, the group said yesterday as it upgraded its full-year earnings...

  28. October 26, 2009

    Sony investors await Christmas spirit

    Analysts expect another loss when Sony reports its second-quarter results on Friday , but the centre of attention will be...

  29. October 22, 2009

    Japan tech loses market share

    Japan has lost almost a third of its market share in the global technology industry this decade as the country has ceded...

  30. October 16, 2009

    Elpida recovery highlights rally in memory chip prices

    Japan's Elpida Memory yesterday unveiled its first quarterly operating profit for two years, highlighting the dramatic...

  31. September 26, 2009

    Sanyo Electric forecasts loss

    Sanyo Electric, the Japanese group in which Panasonic is buying a majority stake, said yesterday that it now expected to...

  32. September 26, 2009

    Sanyo Electric forecasts loss

    Sanyo Electric, the Japanese group in which Panasonic is buying a majority stake, said yesterday that it expected to lose...

  33. September 19, 2009

    Aiful eyes Y280bn debt deferral

    Aiful, Japan's second- largest consumer lender, is seeking to defer the repayment of Y280bn ($3bn) in debt as tough new...

  34. September 8, 2009

    Corporate activism: Companies start to take note of shareholders

    The global recession may have devastated profits, but corporate Japan has one reason to celebrate: it has also wreaked havoc...

  35. September 3, 2009

    Microsoft closes price gap with Sony in Japan

    Microsoft cut the price of its Xbox 360 games console in Japan yesterday, f ollowing similar moves in Europe and the US...

  36. July 31, 2009

    Japan earnings outlook brightens

    Japanese electronics groups reported improved trading and upgraded profit forecasts for the full year yesterday, Robin...

  37. July 30, 2009

    Toshiba unveils Y57.8bn loss

    Toshiba yesterday reported a Y57.8bn ($608m) net loss in the first quarter as low volumes and prices in its semiconductor...

  38. July 28, 2009

    Hitachi units hit daily shares limit

    Shares in five listed subsidiaries of Hitachi rose by their daily limit yesterday after Japan's Nikkei newspaper reported...

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