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    1. July 2, 2015

      A veteran of the first smartwatch boom eyes the exit at Casio

      “I’ve never been satisfied with our business, not even once,” says Kazuo Kashio, one of the four brothers who founded Casio...

    2. July 1, 2015

      Toyota executive Julie Hamp resigns after drug arrest

      Toyota Motor’s push for greater diversity suffered a setback on Wednesday when the Japanese carmaker announced the...

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      The FT launches a global investigation into the mixture of innovation and focus that c...
    2. Special Report: Investing in Japan 2013

      The government is stirring hopes that it will adopt bold measures to deregulate indust...
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    1. July 1, 2015

      Tankan shows lift for Japanese business

      Business conditions in Japan strengthened during the second quarter as the Bank of Japan’s definitive Tankan survey beat...

    2. June 30, 2015

      Suzuki CEO names son as successor

      Osamu Suzuki, the 85-year-old chief executive of Suzuki Motor who has spent nearly four decades running the Japanese small...

    3. June 30, 2015

      Japan Post kicks off TSE listing process

      Japan Post has applied for approval to float on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, formally opening a process that could see Japan’s...

    4. June 30, 2015

      Sony to raise up to $3.6bn as growth engine revs up

      Sony has outlined plans to raise as much as Y440bn ($3.6bn) via a public share issuance — its first in more than a quarter...

    5. June 29, 2015

      Lady Judge takes her governance campaign to Japan

      Having led governance efforts in the UK and the US, Lady Barbara Judge is taking her campaign to Lixil, the Japanese...

    6. June 28, 2015

      TPP progress in Japan shakes up sake and crackers

      Jumping shares of Japan’s sake brewers, refrigerated warehouse operators and producers of granola breakfast cereals can mean...

    7. June 28, 2015

      Board equality is a struggle for Japan’s ‘womenomics’

      Two years ago, Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, announced an ambitious plan to improve the gender balance among...

    8. 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 past a...

    9. June 25, 2015

      Takata CEO apologises over airbag ruptures

      The reclusive chief executive of Takata issued his first personal apology for the faulty airbags that have led to one of the...

    10. June 25, 2015

      Japan does splits to woo Mrs Watanabe

      The Tokyo Stock Exchange is facing a surge of stock splits as the most expensive corners of corporate Japan entice retail...

    11. June 23, 2015

      Toyota’s latest model should be copied

      Change that is gradual, cumulative and consensual is often more durable than dramatic reforms imposed from above. Such is...

    12. June 23, 2015

      Itochu ends $1bn US shale foray with $1 stake sale

      Japan’s Itochu has quietly ended its botched $1bn foray into shale oil in the US, dumping its 25 per cent stake in...

    13. June 23, 2015

      Takata close to pinning down airbag explosion cause

      Takata came under fierce criticism from US senators even as the Japanese airbag manufacturer insisted it was close to...

    14. June 22, 2015

      Japan’s AGM season set for lively new era

      On paper at least, the season of annual meetings for companies in Japan beckons as being the liveliest in history. Plenty of...

    15. June 22, 2015

      Japan karaoke rivals compete for silver yen

      Japan’s golden era of karaoke may have passed, but the companies supplying the technology for this quintessentially Japanese...

    16. June 14, 2015

      Japanese mega-banks step up search for foreign targets

      Japan’s three mega-banks are stepping up their search for foreign acquisitions as they come under intensifying pressure to...

    17. June 11, 2015

      Japanese chat app Line hooks on to music streaming

      The Japanese messaging app Line has launched a music streaming service in a move that highlights the barely-tapped digital...

    18. June 10, 2015

      Toru Iwatani: Pac-Man and the real life of games design

      When the estimated size of the global games market in 2015 comes up in conversation, Toru Iwatani has to write the figure...

    19. June 9, 2015

      Japan and China enter era of vending machine diplomacy

      Japan and China may publicly snarl over disputed territory, naval brinkmanship and the interpretation of history, but for...

    20. May 31, 2015

      Japan Inc readies for new governance code

      Companies, shareholders and the Japanese government are girding themselves for clashes over a new corporate governance code...

    21. May 29, 2015

      Used handbags provide an unlikely barometer for Japan’s economy

      From currency arbitrage to game theory, consumer psychology to the fast-evolving tastes of Chinese tourists, the secrets of...

    22. May 28, 2015

      Tokyo stocks complete 10-day win streak

      Japanese stocks completed a tenth straight day of gains on Thursday, reprising a performance not seen since the 1980s equity...

    23. May 26, 2015

      Japan Inc lowers expectations after bumper run

      After a bumper year of record profits, large multinational Japanese companies are starting to feel the pressure of the...

    24. May 20, 2015

      Japan GDP data suggests struggle for momentum

      Japan’s economy grew at an annualised pace of 2.4 per cent in the first quarter but mainly due to a huge build-up in...

    25. May 19, 2015

      Rise in graduate jobs as Japan’s labour market tightens

      A near-record 96.7 per cent of Japan’s new university graduates have found jobs this year in a sign of the country’s...

    26. May 19, 2015

      Key questions in big week for Japan data

      Japan will get a progress report on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic stimulus in a big week for economic data, with the...

    27. May 18, 2015

      Obama’s Pacific trade deal will not tame China

      Why is Barack Obama so desperate to secure a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal? The long-winded official answer is that...

    28. May 18, 2015

      Japan Post to increase investment risk after listing

      Japan Post, the country’s largest bank and insurer, is in talks to shift more of its $1.7tn investment portfolio out of...

    29. May 17, 2015

      Private equity sees new era of opportunity in Japan

      They are grey-haired, ultraconservative and worry that their 45-year-old sons are not ready for leadership. Now, private...

    30. May 17, 2015

      Asian component makers take slice of Apple’s iPhone spoils

      As Apple basks in the unprecedented demand for its latest iPhones, suppliers from Tokyo to Taipei are sharing in the spoils....

    31. May 15, 2015

      Nikesh Arora: Tough player at SoftBank

      Sitting in a conference room seven years ago, Masayoshi Son was immediately drawn to the sharp-minded executive across the...

    32. May 15, 2015

      Toshiba widens accounting probe

      Toshiba has expanded its investigation of internal accounting irregularities to include Westinghouse Electric and all of its...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. May 11, 2015

      Abenomics is only a risk if it is allowed to fail

      Japan suffers from an ageing population, persistent deflation and knotty structural problems in its labour market and energy...

    36. 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 fell...

    37. May 10, 2015

      Japan’s tax plan to bet on better growth

      Japan’s government is leaning towards a long-term fiscal plan that relies heavily on economic growth in a high-stakes bet on...

    38. May 3, 2015

      Republicans push Barack Obama to rally Democrats for TPP vote

      The top Republican lawmaker on trade has called for US President Barack Obama to work even harder to build support among...

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