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  • Japan's newly opened LNG market faces many challenges

    TOKYO -- Many challenges remain for Japan's first liquefied natural gas exchange, which began trading last Friday. The most important of these is attracting more participants to the market. For now, however, electricity and gas utilities and other L

    September 21, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • University of Tokyo to offer foreigners cheap living quarters

    TOKYO -- The University of Tokyo will build one of Japan's largest dormitory complexes, to house about 1,200 mostly foreign students in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward. Costs in Japan's capital make the university, known domestically as Todai, less competit

    September 21, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Foreign investors to create guidelines for dialogue with Japanese companies

    TOKYO -- A group of major foreign asset management companies, including FIL Investments (Japan), will work together to draw up guidelines for active dialogue with investee Japanese companies. The guidelines will show what foreign institutional i

    September 21, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Japan to increase intelligence staff by one-third

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government plans to boost the number of employees at its Public Security Intelligence Agency from the current 1,500 to 2,000 by 2020 to step up antiterrorism measures ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. As the first step towa

    September 21, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Algeria rejects arbitration in row with Japanese construction venture

    TOKYO -- A dispute between a joint venture made up of five Japanese companies and Algeria over a huge highway project is deepening, as the African country refuses international arbitration. The joint venture, which includes Kajima and Taisei, as

    September 21, 2014 12:40 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley: Scottish vote holds lessons for Asia

    The United Kingdom has survived; it remains a single sovereign state comprising the three nations of England, Scotland and Wales, and the province of Northern Ireland. But Scotland's referendum vote on Sept. 18 was so tense, and the result so close

    September 20, 2014 09:30 pm JST
  • G-20 mulls fiscal steps to underpin growth amid slowdown jitters

    CAIRNS, Australia (Kyodo) -- Finance chiefs of the Group of 20 leading economies Saturday discussed whether they can launch fiscal measures to underpin the global economy amid increasing concerns over an economic slowdown. The finance ministers a

    September 20, 2014 08:47 pm JST
  • SoftBank to book Y500bn profit through Alibaba listing

    TOKYO -- SoftBank said on Saturday that it expects to book an extraordinary group profit of about 500 billion yen ($4.55 billion) related to Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding's listing in the U.S. in the first half of fiscal 2014, which

    September 20, 2014 07:42 pm JST
  • Japanese research has carbon nanotubes marching to market

    TOKYO -- Japanese researchers are working hard to find new applications for carbon nanotubes -- tiny molecular structures whose plethora of special properties have earned them the sobriquet of "dream material." Much of their latest efforts cente

    September 20, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Head of zipper maker YKK sees the end of production shift in Asia

    TOKYO -- Manufacturers are moving production bases from country to country in search of lower labor costs, and the garment industry, which faces some of the world's stiffest price competition, is no exception. But while a growing number of cloth

    September 20, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Global money props up dollar, highlighting weakness elsewhere

    TOKYO -- Global funds are flowing into the dollar as a U.S. interest rate hike looms on the horizon, helping to underpin the country's economy and ushering the end of monetary easing there, but the galloping greenback also underlines weaknesses in t

    September 20, 2014 06:45 am JST
  • Scottish stocks up after voters turn down independence

    LONDON -- Scotland-based companies rose Friday on the London Stock Exchange, with Royal Bank of Scotland temporarily gaining 4.6%, after the region voted to remain in the U.K. The pound also strengthened in Tokyo, touching $1.65 at one point. Th

    September 20, 2014 06:43 am JST
  • Corporate Japan aggressively issuing long bonds before rates rise

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies are stepping up their issuance of long-term bonds to get their hands on cheap money while interest rates are still low. ANA Holdings issued 15 billion yen ($136 million) in 12-year bonds Thursday to roll over debt. Th

    September 20, 2014 06:33 am JST
  • SoftBank won't sell Alibaba stake: Son

    TOKYO -- SoftBank has no intention of selling its Alibaba shareholdings, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son said, even with their value up by a factor of 4,000 from what it paid for them thanks to Friday's initial public offering.

    September 20, 2014 06:19 am JST
  • Canon, outsiders reanimating diagnostic imaging to lift exports

    OSAKA -- A world-class diagnostic imaging device under development by Canon is just one of the many projects that cross industry boundaries as the Japanese government continues its push to boost medical exports. Doctors need a clear view of tiny

    September 20, 2014 05:44 am JST
  • Japan mulls fact-finding mission to cagey North Korea

    TOKYO -- With North Korea failing to deliver new information on past kidnappings as expected this week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government must now rethink its strategy for holding the secretive state to its word. Cabinet member Eri

    September 20, 2014 05:27 am JST
  • Japan restaurant chains foster skills of foreign workers

    TOKYO -- Faced with growing shortages of labor, some Japanese restaurant operators are turning to foreign part-time workers, hoping some of them can one day help with the companies' overseas expansion. Eat & Co., which operates Chinese eatery ch

    September 20, 2014 05:13 am JST
  • Toyota official raises specter of ending Vietnamese output

    HANOI -- As the looming end of import tariffs stokes fears of cheap cars from abroad, Toyota Motor is urging the government to provide tax incentives for keeping production in Vietnam, with an executive warning that the automaker might otherwise lea

    September 20, 2014 03:42 am JST
  • Ex-Japanese prime minister Mori meets with South Korea's Park

    SEOUL -- Acting as a goodwill envoy, former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Friday to deliver a personal message from Japan's current leader calling for top-level talks. According to South Ko

    September 20, 2014 03:14 am JST
  • Alps adds eye, finger motions to latest driver assist system

    TOKYO -- Alps Electric's new driver assist system incorporates sensor technologies that allow a car's heads-up display to be controlled with the driver's eyes and the door locks with a mere wag of a finger. The company will unveil this latest ve

    September 20, 2014 02:27 am JST