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Potential investors check out the booths of South Korean IT startups at the Japan Bootcamp event in Tokyo on July 9.

1st Japan, tomorrow the world for South Korean IT startups

TOKYO -- South Korean information-technology startups have set their sights on Japan, hoping to use the world's largest mobile app market as a springboard to global expansion. A delegation representing 19 such companies visited Tokyo recently to ...

  • Low license fees help Japan cartoon characters find fame abroad

    TOKYO/NEW YORK/SAPPORO -- Japanese companies that own rights to "anime" cartoon characters are working to popularize the franchises overseas by lowering or even waiving royalties. Take Doraemon, an animated series that has been a favorite of Japa...

  • Asean deregulating foreign investment in banks

    MANILA -- Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are increasingly easing rules on foreign investment in local lenders in preparation for wider financial deregulation to be ushered in under the slated 2015 creation of the Asean Economic...

  • Growing thirst for thermal power puts Japan in a jam

    TOKYO -- Japan is plodding through its first summer without nuclear power in nearly half a century. Its 48 usable reactors remain offline due to safety concerns after the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns of 2011, but there is growing unease about the coun...

  • Japan's vision for hydrogen cars lacks oomph

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government's road map for pushing the country's auto industry toward the hydrogen age lacks the powerful vision needed to fire up public interest in making that crucial shift. A set of policy measures to promote fuel-cell ve...

  • 80% of Japanese companies affected by targeted malware

    TOKYO -- A reported 80% of Japanese companies have already had their computer systems compromised as targeted malware becomes increasingly sophisticated. A growing number of these cyberattacks, which often result in the theft of trade secrets or ...

  • Fortune 500 shows how badly corporate Japan lags West

    TOKYO -- In Fortune magazine's latest ranking of the world's top 500 companies by revenue, 57 Japanese businesses made the cut, five fewer than last year. In 2000, the figure exceeded 100, meaning over 20% of the companies in the global elite were Ja...

  • To keep share prices up, keep investors informed

    TOKYO -- Failure to communicate effectively with investors can hit share prices hard, as more than a few companies have learned the hard way. On May 22, investor relations officers of Sanrio, best known for its Hello Kitty character, were busy an...

  • Fighter jet makers duel over emerging markets

    PARIS/LONDON -- At this year's Farnborough International Airshow, one of the world's largest aircraft exhibitions, Boeing and Airbus competed for passenger jet orders in spectacular fashion. But the sidelines of the show, which closed Sunday, doubled...

  • Carmakers in Turkey boost exports as domestic sales falter

    ISTANBUL -- Capitalizing on the depreciation of the lira, automakers operating in Turkey are stepping up exports to offset weak domestic demand. Ford Otosan, set up jointly by Ford Motor of the U.S. and Koc Holding, a leading industrial conglome...

  • Japan's listed companies go a-courting in SE Asia

    TOKYO -- Some 800 investors from around Asia gathered at the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, in early June for Nomura Investment Forum Asia 2014, an investor relations event hosted by brokerage house Nomura Securities and featuring more than 50 lea...

  • Vietnam-China tensions a boom for Japan

    HANOI -- China's aggressive maritime advance into the South China Sea has emerged as one of the biggest risks to Asian security. Tensions are running particularly high in waters near the Paracel Islands, called Hoang Sa in Vietnam, because of a t...

  • Shale gas boom squeezes petrochemical producers

    TOKYO -- Japanese petrochemical-related companies increasingly face the risk of losing their competitiveness as the U.S. shale gas boom changes the chemical and energy industry worldwide. One such business is Chuo Kagaku, a food container maker b...

  • Japanese employers learn to practice what Islam preaches

    A little past 3 p.m., the sparks stop flying at Sasakura Engineering's factory outside of central Jakarta. Workers shuffle off the shop floor into an adjacent prayer room. All but one of the plant's 90 local employees are Muslim. The company allo...

  • Nissan eyes marketing assist from Manchester City soccer club

    TOKYO -- Nissan Motor hopes that its global sponsorship deal with the owner of Manchester City and other soccer teams will boost the Japanese automaker's recognition around the world and enhance its brand. But the price tag is so high that the tie-up...

  • Japanese investor relation activities now focus on retail investments

    TOKYO -- Many listed Japanese companies are now wooing retail investors through aggressive investor relations activities as institutional change sweeps through the capital market. The new trend in IR activities comes as the country introduced the...

  • Soccer alive and well in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK -- No Southeast Asian country competed in this year's World Cup, but soccer is just as popular here as anywhere else. With incomes rising and fans starting to embrace local leagues, ticket and merchandise sales are skyrocketing and stadiums a...

  • Japanese traders buffing up used-car market in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies are cultivating the market for second-hand autos in Southeast Asia, holding auctions and expanding store networks in a bid to cash in on what they perceive as an area primed for growth. Japan Bike Auction, based in Ko...

  • Southeast Asia emerging as a new battlefield among credit card companies

    HANOI/YANGON -- Credit card companies are cultivating markets in Southeast Asia, where rising affluence is spurring the spread of electronic payment systems -- and allowing consumers to spend more than what they have in the bank. MasterCard in Ju...

  • Japanese banks to provide financing for Vietnamese power plants

    TOKYO -- The Japan Bank of International Cooperation and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ will sign a $338 million syndicated loan Thursday for Vietnam Electricity, which is constructing a pair of coal-fired thermal power plants in the country. JBIC ...