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  • The big promises of the nano world

    These days, the buzzword "nano" is widely used by scientists, engineers, medical practitioners, technocrats and industrialists. The concept was originally proposed by Nobel laureate Richard Feynman in 1959. Later, it was professor Norio Taniguchi wh

    May 1, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Red tape helped push Docomo from India

    MUMBAI -- NTT Docomo has lost a two-front war in India: against cutthroat competitors in the country's cellphone service industry and against a notorious, growth-stifling bureaucracy. After a long swim in red ink, Japan's top mobile carrier will

    May 1, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Fast-fashion emporium H&M proves its commitment to fresh selections

    TOKYO -- Swedish fast-fashion brand Hennes & Mauritz is known for pushing the limits. Founded in 1947, it now operates 3,200 stores in 54 countries. What sets the company apart is its habit of making sure there are new items in its shops every d

    May 1, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Fuji Heavy, Suzuki on track to solid fiscal 2014 earnings

    TOKYO -- Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. and Suzuki Motor Corp., both midtier Japanese carmakers, are expected to enjoy another year of robust earnings in fiscal 2014, helped by their focus on strong suits such as SUVs. Subaru maker Fuji Heavy is exp

    April 29, 2014 06:08 am JST
  • Mitsubishi-Tata Consultancy IT merger jolts Japanese sector

    TOKYO -- A gust of change is blowing through Japan's IT industry. Mitsubishi Corp., the major trading house, and India's Tata Consultancy Services have decided to integrate their Japanese information technology operations in July. Further sector con

    April 28, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Toshiba-Mitsubishi Electric to buy Indian heavy machinery maker

    TOKYO -- Toshiba-Mitsubishi Electric Industrial Systems will acquire an Indian heavy machinery manufacturer, aiming to locally produce power converters, a core component of large-scale photovoltaic installations, in a growing market. The Japanes

    April 28, 2014 02:32 am JST
  • India's underdeveloped infrastructure offers unique opportunities

    MUMBAI -- Once the darling of global investors because of its seemingly brilliant economic future, India is losing its power to attract foreign capital. Foreign direct investment in India in the year through March 2014 appears to have fallen bel

    April 27, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Telecom industry's unique barriers again hamper Docomo abroad

    TOKYO -- NTT Docomo's latest in a string of failures abroad was partly caused by obstacles unique to the telecommunications industry, including restrictions that governments place on a sector vital to national security. Docomo announced on Frida

    April 26, 2014 02:44 am JST
  • India's BJP makes strong showing in ongoing election

    MUMBAI -- India's largest opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian People's Party) is prevailing in the country's ongoing general election. Polls show that the BJP and its partners are supported by a majority of voters. They have high expectati

    April 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Competition, red tape drove Docomo from India

    MUMBAI -- In short, NTT Docomo lost the war on two fronts: cutthroat competition in India's cell phone market and notorious bureaucracy that stifles growth. Japan's top mobile carrier will retreat from the Indian market by selling off its stake

    April 25, 2014 06:13 am JST
  • Japan's Docomo to retreat from India

    TOKYO -- NTT Docomo will unload its 26% interest in Indian telecommunications carrier Tata Teleservices, withdrawing from cell phone operations in that country after a long struggle with red ink. The Japanese mobile carrier is in talks to sell i

    April 25, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • India's BJP-led coalition looks set to take power

    TOKYO -- India's 814.5 million voters took to the nation's 930,000 polling stations from April 7, as the world's largest democracy set out to choose a new government. Three weeks will pass before they start counting of votes on May 16. A hazy pi

    April 24, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • India again stingy with bank licenses but hints at change

    MUMBAI -- India has awarded its first new licenses for private banks in 11 years but has held back from long-discussed plans to allow in companies from outside the financial sector amid opposition in parliament and from bank-employee unions. The

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Without action today, Asia's future will be a dry one

    Asia is the world's largest and most economically dynamic continent. But it is also the driest, and its future may depend on how well it deals with what a U.N. panel on climate change is calling a growing risk of drought-related water and food short

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asia's growth just good enough to be dangerous

    It's been quite a ride for Asia over the past year. A nice rally in the first few months of 2013, then a relentless sell-off as investors threw their "taper tantrum," and subsequently another solid market recovery. The question remains, however:

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • India's Modi may be two-edged sword for China

    BEIJING -- If there is one Indian politician who has exhibited a total lack of inhibition in doing business with China, it is Narendra Modi. The chief minister of the western state of Gujarat is now the front-runner for the post of prime minister, w

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Mahindra & Mahindra bets India will love electric cars -- eventually

    MUMBAI -- Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra has made a name for itself as a pioneer in the country's SUV market. But now, looking to cultivate new demand in one of the world's most populous countries, the company is aiming to outpace its rivals i

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Panasonic's chief looks to Asia expansion, less central control

    TOKYO -- After salvaging his company from the sea of red ink, Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga is pushing for a new management strategy for overseas expansion, especially in Asia. The aim is to decentralize electronics giant's decision-making proc

    April 22, 2014 01:30 pm JST
  • Japanese corporate buyers find India's rumor mill costly

    TOKYO --"India is a world of rumors." So said Tsutomu Une in a conversation at a New Delhi hotel in September 2011. At that time, Une was serving as chairman of Ranbaxy, the Indian subsidiary of Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo, where he was also

    April 22, 2014 01:01 pm JST
  • Pitfalls lie ahead for emerging-market investors

    TOKYO -- Some investors are returning to sluggish emerging-market stocks, but this may prove dangerous without real improvement in the economic climate. The Nikkei Stock Average retreated slightly Monday, but the mood is not bad after last week'

    April 22, 2014 05:44 am JST