Japan Update

  • Sumitomo Precision to exit, curtail profit-losing operations

    Japanese company sees communications, water treatment as too costly to revive

  • Mitsui to buy US biopesticide company

    Trading house sets sights on green alternatives to farm chemicals

  • Market Scramble: Foreigners buy Japan to play it safe

    Leery of the West, investors seek solid profits in slower-rising Tokyo stocks

  • Japan automakers reach for 40% American market share

    SUVs seen pulling up Japanese auto sales in U.S.

  • Osaka utility cutting power prices for first time since Fukushima

    Kansai Electric will pass on cost savings from restarting nuclear reactors

  • Japan plans summit with US, South Korea on G-20 sidelines

    Abe also to meet Putin and seeks Japan-China-South Korea talks

  • Japan's Ito En buying vending machines to cut lease costs

    Beverage maker will phase out leases in five years

  • Tokyo gov takes on the party that groomed her for the job

    Koike could further her national ambitions -- or fall flat on her face

  • Sony touches 9-year high, buoyed by the PS4

    'Spider-Man,' other announcements at industry expo spark investor interest

  • Times a-changin' in J-pop as ex-SMAP stars exit super-agency

    Johnny's disdain for internet could leave room for upstarts to flourish

  • Mitsubishi Regional Jet unveiling subdued as interest flags

    Rampant delays have scared off buyers, diminished appeal

  • Next share offering now uncertain for Japan Post

    Government faces tough choice as Nomura Real Estate acquisition goes sour

  • China regains top spot for Japanese exports from US

    But neither nation may prove long-term driver for Japan

  • Japanese hotel operator plans big increase in foreigner hires

    Daiwa House unit seeks to enhance customer service with more receptionists from abroad

  • Japan's Shimadzu looks to expand joint research in China

    Precision instrument maker will add more labs, customer training centers

  • EU weighs scrapping Japanese tea, sake duties

    Brand protection also on table in final stages of trade talks

  • Focus shifts to hows and whys of deadly US destroyer collision

    Navy's investigation may not provide quick answers

  • Labor market reform needed for Japan's sustained growth: IMF

    High-ranking official says government should maintain fiscal, monetary stimulus

  • Underlying trends cast doubt on chip boom's longevity

    Seasonally adjusted Japan trade stats paint darker picture for exports

  • Japan's May exports jump 14.9%

    Robust overseas' economies seen helping drive country's exports