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    1. March 4, 2015

      Interview: Haruno Yoshida, Japan business lobby’s first female executive

      Haruno Yoshida, the first female head of BT’s Japanese unit, has always been on the side of “leaning in” when big job...

    2. February 27, 2015

      Japan flirts with return to deflation

      Japan is flirting with a return to deflation after the annual pace of price increases fell to just 0.2 per cent in January,...

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    1. 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. February 24, 2015

      Hitachi snaps up Finmeccanica’s rail business in €809m deal

      Hitachi has swooped on Finmeccanica’s rail assets in a €809m cash deal that will strengthen its position in the transport...

    2. February 23, 2015

      Takanobu Ito to step down as Honda chief executive after 6 years

      Honda is replacing its chief executive after a string of quality lapses that have dented sales at Japan’s third-largest...

    3. February 22, 2015

      Robots are not going to steal your job, says Yaskawa chairman

      A robot will not be stealing your job any time soon. Take it from the chief executive of one of the world’s largest robotics...

    4. February 18, 2015

      Japan wages: Manufacturing consent

      Shunto, the annual “spring offensive” by Japan’s trade unions, used to strike terror into the hearts of corporate managers....

    5. February 18, 2015

      An activist raid forces new logic on Fanuc robot factory

      On a wall in Fanuc’s secretive research laboratory at the foot of Mount Fuji is a clock set to run 10-times faster than...

    6. February 12, 2015

      Fanuc put under uncomfortable spotlight by Daniel Loeb’s campaign

      Long hidden behind a veil of secrecy, Fanuc, the world’s biggest maker of factory robots, has been thrust into an...

    7. February 12, 2015

      Japan affirms pledge to raise consumption tax in 2017

      Japan’s public finances are in an “extremely severe” condition, Taro Aso, the finance minister, warned as he made his...

    8. February 6, 2015

      Suntory chief fixes focus on Beam integration

      It took three years before Suntory, the Japanese owner of US spirits maker Beam, finally wooed Takeshi Niinami into joining...

    9. February 3, 2015

      Profit proves fleeting for Japan’s Sharp

      Sharp, the struggling supplier to Apple, has warned that it will once again become loss-making as its smartphone display...

    10. January 27, 2015

      Japan Inc shuns seniority in favour of merit-based pay

      Japanese companies including Toyota, Hitachi and Panasonic are moving away from seniority-based pay scales, boosting Prime...

    11. January 27, 2015

      Easy money cannot cure Japanese stagnation

      Even as financial markets greet the European Central Bank decision to embark on massive asset purchases with rapture, the...

    12. January 26, 2015

      Abe hits Japan’s fairways to pitch pay rises to corporate leaders

      Shinzo Abe has hit the golf course with top Japanese executives this year as he tries to slay deflation forever by...

    13. January 26, 2015

      Marubeni halves profit forecast on $1bn writedown

      Japan’s Marubeni has halved its annual profit forecast due to writedowns totalling $1bn, as a slump in oil and copper prices...

    14. January 19, 2015

      Shares sink as Sharp warns on earnings

      Investor confidence in Sharp was dented after the Japanese supplier to Apple warned it may fall short of full-year earnings...

    15. January 15, 2015

      Shinzo Abe boosts Japan defence spending

      Japan’s defence sector got a boost this week when Shinzo Abe’s government announced a record military budget. But making...

    16. January 12, 2015

      Japan puts secular stagnation thesis to the test

      Watch Japan. Such advice has long been rare, except on “lost decades” or the risks of nuclear power. But for the next 12...

    17. January 5, 2015

      Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market dishes up catch of the year

      Even for the world’s richest food connoisseurs, a price tag of $37,500 for a single frozen tuna appears outlandish. But for...

    18. January 1, 2015

      Japan’s female truckers move into the driving seat

      Rumi Yoshida manoeuvres her 10-tonne lorry to a halt and leans back in her cabin after nine hours delivering food and drink...

    19. December 30, 2014

      Restructuring costs weigh down Japan Inc

      Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe promised further economic stimulus measures after winning a new four-year term this month...

    20. December 24, 2014

      Japan’s SMFG defends culture of cross-shareholdings between groups

      The president of Japan’s second-biggest banking group has put up a defence of cross-shareholdings, which have been blamed by...

    21. December 23, 2014

      Japan stocks count on Abe’s third arrow hitting home

      Wahei Takeda likes what he sees of “Abenomics”. The 81-year-old biscuits baron, long known as Japan’s Warren Buffett,...

    22. December 19, 2014

      Amy Pascal: A studio boss caught in real-life thriller

      From Senate intelligence committee rebukes over factual inaccuracies in the film Zero Dark Thirty to stinging criticism from...

    23. December 18, 2014

      Retail investors snub ‘Abenomics’ savings

      The aggressive monetary easing of “Abenomics” may have charmed foreign investors but has so far failed to convince Japanese...

    24. December 15, 2014

      Abe’s limited window of opportunity to fix Japan

      Shinzo Abe’s re-election as Japanese prime minister is an important boost for his efforts to break the country’s long cycle...

    25. December 15, 2014

      Juki, the supreme sewing machine for the global rag trade

      Across factories in South China, millions of young Chinese spend their days churning out garments for consumers in Japan,...

    26. December 15, 2014

      Japan corporate gloom worsens

      Japanese companies are expecting a marked deterioration in business conditions, according to a central bank survey published...

    27. December 14, 2014

      Prepare for the coming Japanese boom

      If you’re thinking of coming to Japan for a spring break, you’d better book fast. Occupancy rates for Tokyo and Osaka hotels...

    28. December 11, 2014

      Chivalry holds Japanese women back

      Japan’s carmakers are gleaming symbols of industrial strength. But there is one area in which they are not so shiny yet:...

    29. December 11, 2014

      Weak yen divisive for Abe ahead of Japanese election

      In an unusual leak during a stump speech, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently revealed Apple’s plan to build its...

    30. December 8, 2014

      Japan recession worse than first reported

      The recession that struck Japan after a tax increase in April was deeper than first reported, the government said on Monday,...

    31. November 19, 2014

      Japan: Mirai, Mirai on the wall

      How many Japanese cars sell in the US under Japanese names? Not too many. So, give Toyota’s Mirai some credit when it...

    32. November 17, 2014

      Japan’s Toray signs $8.6bn Boeing deal

      Japan’s Toray Industries signed a Y1tn ($8.6bn) deal with Boeing, becoming the sole carbon-fibre supplier for the planned...

    33. November 16, 2014

      Corporate Japan keeps production abroad

      Aggressive monetary easing is undermining the yen, but that is not stopping Japanese companies from producing more of their...

    34. November 16, 2014

      Weak yen fuels Japan Inc

      The weak yen has revved up Toyota Motor. Announcing first-half results this month, the Aichi-based automaker lifted its...

    35. November 14, 2014

      Japanese markets unfazed by poll talk

      Financial markets in Japan defied fears that delaying a tax increase would send panicked investors rushing, instead ending...

    36. November 11, 2014

      Yen drop widens Japan’s current account surplus

      Japan posted its widest current account surplus for a year-and-a-half in September as the drop in its currency boosted...

    37. November 5, 2014

      Japan: dividends are not enough

      In Japan, dessert is rarely the best part of the meal. Diners prefer savoury stuff. Japanese shares have soared this past...

    38. November 5, 2014

      New push to ease Japan commodity trading rules

      A top Japanese politician is pushing for an overhaul of regulation governing exchanges, potentially opening the door to a...

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