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Toyota unveiled the concept car for its China-exclusive hybrid at last year's Shanghai motor show.

Japanese hybrids going local in China

TOKYO -- Government subsidies for hybrid cars in China would be a boon for Japanese automakers, which are already moving to lower their prices by shifting production there. At its research and development center in Changshu in eastern China, Toyo...

  • Japanese companies seeking nuclear business abroad

    TOKYO -- Japan's approval Friday of nuclear energy agreements with Turkey and the United Arab Emirates was good news for Japanese companies in the nuclear business, where minimal domestic demand has forced a pivot overseas. The agreements are exp...

  • Next big battle in China auto market is over 50,000-yuan cars

    GUANGZHOU, China -- Competition is heating up in China's market for low-end cars. And both Chinese and foreign carmakers are racing to expand lineups. These cars are mostly entry-level vehicles priced at around 50,000 yuan ($8,033). More than...

  • Ex-Google Japan staff test their entrepreneurial flair

    TOKYO -- Google Japan has turned out a number of entrepreneurs since being founded in 2001. Many have launched startups that feature multilingual online services capable of fast expansion in the case of increased demand. Hiroshi Kuraoka, 31, pres...

  • It's South Korea vs. Sony in 4K content market

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics of South Korea, the world's largest and second largest TV makers, are helping to create 4K content in a bid to vie with Japan's Sony for control over the market. Ultrahigh-definition 4K TVs hit the ...

  • Taiwan companies ready for solar power market to rise again

    TAIPEI -- Major solar cell companies in Taiwan are going on the offensive now that the market appears to be emerging from the doldrums. Business was slow from 2012 through last year. The European debt crisis and global oversupply took a toll on t...

  • Japanese companies hand out biggest raises in 16 years

    TOKYO -- Monthly pay at major Japanese companies will grow an average of more than 7,000 yen ($67.90) for the first time since 1998, bolstered by base pay hikes in particularly prosperous industries. The average of 2.39%, or 7,697 yen, trounced l...

  • China, West learning team play in African investment

    TOKYO -- Chinese companies are showing they can work alongside their Western peers in Africa, not just vie with them for the continent's plentiful resources. Last month, South Africa's biggest-ever infrastructure contract went to an East-West qua...

  • Carmakers rush to meet demand for automatic brake systems

    TOKYO -- Automatic braking systems are rapidly becoming a must for safety-conscious drivers, and the pressure is on for automakers and parts manufacturers to deliver. Fuji Heavy Industries, the manufacturer of Subaru-brand vehicles, said Tuesday ...

  • China's elderly explosion -- a massive market in the making

    SHANGHAI -- The rapid aging of China's population is creating problems for Beijing, but it is also opening up potentially lucrative business opportunities for domestic and foreign companies alike. With the number of Chinese age 60 or older toppin...

  • Japan's factory staffing firms speed up operations in Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese manufacturing staffing firms are boosting their supply of local staff in the rest of Asia to Japanese factories operating there as corporate Japan expands overseas production. Major Japanese manufacturing contractor Outsourcing ...

  • Japanese carmakers turning Asia into global factory

    TOKYO -- Japan's six major automakers, including Toyota, Nissan and Honda, plan to increase total production in Asia by about 30%, aiming to churn out over 10 million vehicles a year there as early as 2017. The addition of 2.38 million units in c...

  • Japan's megabanks quadrupled green energy loans last fiscal year

    TOKYO -- Financing for renewable energy projects in Japan has swelled, with Japan's three megabanks more than quadrupling loans to such operations in fiscal 2013. Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. and Mizuho Bank arrange...

  • Amid price war, Japan's auto companies make made-in-China cars more Chinese

    SHANGHAI -- Japan's leading carmakers are changing the way they produce cars in and for China. The companies are stuck in a rut in the world's largest vehicle market. They hope to hoist themselves out of it by using more locally sourced parts and des...

  • Japanese defense contractors' new challenge: battling for business

    TOKYO -- Everyone seems to want a piece of Japan's defense industry these days. Now that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has adopted a less-restrictive set of principles on arms exports -- effectively ending a decades-old, self-imposed ban on such sales --...

  • New-car sales in China slow as economic uncertainty grows

    GUANGZHOU/BEIJING -- Sales of new automobiles in China are losing steam, reflecting a slowdown in demand for commercial vehicles and other cars as the nation's economy decelerates. New-car sales in March rose 6.6% on the year to around 2.16 milli...

  • Less wary of takeovers, Japan Inc. packing up shark repellent

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies are starting to do away with defensive measures aimed at warding off acquisitions, as their higher market capitalizations render hostile takeovers more difficult to stage. The Nikkei examined information disclosed by 2...

  • Chinese steel traders at breaking point

    BEIJING - Xiao Jiashou once inspired thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs from his hometown in Fujian Province to come to Shanghai to try their hand at trading steel. Now many of the steel traders from Zhouning are following him into financial ruin. ...

  • Number of in-house lawyers surging in Japan

    TOKYO -- The number of in-house lawyers at Japanese companies has risen above 1,000 for the first time, reflecting the companies' growing need to cope with buyouts and other legal issues arising from their accelerating moves to expand overseas. T...

  • Nuclear reactors on the rise in Asia

    TOKYO -- Three years after the Fukushima disaster, the future role of nuclear power in Japan remains unclear, but in many other countries, the importance of atomic energy is only increasing. With no prospect of major new projects in the domestic ...