Japan Update

Officials from RCEP member states gather for negotiations in Kobe, Japan, on Feb 27. RCEP trade negotiating committee chief Iman Pambagyo of Indonesia is fourth from the left. © Kyodo

RCEP countries gather in Japan for trade talks

Negotiators seek agreement after Trump dumps TPP

  • SoftBank nears deal to invest $3 bln in US startup WeWork -- CNBC

  • Japan seeks balance with China in seas around Sri Lanka

    Tokyo's bilateral ties with Colombo grow as Beijing flexes maritime muscles

  • Mitsubishi Motors plots Southeast Asian expansion

    Automaker to beef up sales operations in key growth market

  • Sekisui Chemical bringing carbon fiber to infrastructure

    Japanese material maker aims to replace metals with stronger, lighter composites

  • Small geothermal plants gaining steam in Japan

    Higher power prices, less red tape encourage businesses to tap massive reserves

  • Abe's first summit with Trump draws wide public support

    Affirmation of Japan-US security ties seen behind 60% approval

  • Robots dish out ramen at Tokyo restaurant

    AI-based customer service system could find work at retailers too

  • Japan's coffee shop leader heads to China

    Doutor sees opening for low-price chain among frugal consumers

  • Japan wants to set international drone standards

    Requiring safety controls could help Japan makers gain market share

  • Japanese carmakers giving US dealers bigger incentives

    If sweet deals lead to more market share, criticism could follow

  • Japanese pop star perfection, served up digitally

    Producers and fans are finding that virtual idols can be better than the real thing

  • High hopes for heat-and-eat Japanese rice to reach Chinese tables

    Microwaveable product seen as solution to inspection, price issues

  • Japan Inc. turning labor crisis into opportunity

    Meeting demands of worker shortage generates new revenue flows

  • 'Astro Boy' to return (in physical and magazine form)

    Subscribers to Atom weekly will also get parts to assemble into a robot

  • Japan's @cosme ready to spread across Asia

    First overseas stores to open in Taiwan and Hong Kong

  • Foxconn, SoftBank plan tech investment venture

    Taiwanese firm to also set up medical equipment venture with Sharp

  • Good price for memory business key to Toshiba turnaround

    Company must keep cards close to chest despite desperate situation

  • Daiwa House has answer to those missing out on 'Premium Friday'

    Japanese homebuilder urges workers to take Monday afternoon off

  • Japan makes a toast to 'Premium Friday' spending drive

    Some events draw more homemakers than men in suits