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

    TOKYO -- Japanese publisher Kodansha, mobile service provider NTT Docomo and three other companies on Wednesday announced a weekly magazine that will come with robot parts.The magazine, Atom, makes its debut on April 4.The name comes from Osamu Tezu

    February 25, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Japan's @cosme ready to spread across Asia

    TOKYO -- Get ready, Taiwan, a brick-and-mortar @cosme store is coming your way.In fact, istyle, the operator of the well-regarded cosmetics review website and retail chain in Japan, is planning to open stores across Asia.The Taiwan store opens in Ma

    February 25, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Tokyo studio fulfills every samurai-to-be's dreams

    TOKYO -- Have you ever imagined yourself as a swashbuckling samurai decked out in full armor and topknot just so? A Tokyo studio can fulfill your dream, at least for a day, and make a video of it with the assistance of a professional fight scene cho

    February 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Foxconn, SoftBank plan tech investment venture

    TOKYO/OSAKA -- Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry will soon take a majority stake in a SoftBank Group asset management company in Singapore, furthering cooperation with the Japanese telecom giant known for its venture capital investments in the inf

    February 25, 2017 07:50 am JST
  • Good price for memory business key to Toshiba turnaround

    TOKYO -- Now that Toshiba has detailed plans to split off its semiconductor memory operations into a distinct company, its next challenge will be securing a price for the business that will offset heavy losses elsewhere and propel its turnaround.The

    February 25, 2017 05:55 am JST
  • Daiwa House has answer to those missing out on 'Premium Friday'

    OSAKA -- Daiwa House Industry will offer alternative time off to workers who are too busy to join the rest of Japan to enjoy shopping and eating out on "Premium Friday."The homebuilder has introduced paid time off for the afternoon of the last Frida

    February 25, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Japan makes a toast to 'Premium Friday' spending drive

    TOKYO -- The government-led Premium Friday initiative -- letting people out of work early on the last Friday of the month to spur consumption -- has officially rolled out, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe himself exploring the capital city to enjoy it

    February 25, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Japan, China play for 'swing states' in regional trade game

    TOKYO -- Top negotiators from 16 Asia-Pacific countries representing roughly half the world's population and around a third of global trade will meet in Kobe next week to discuss a trade deal that some, like Japan, hope will bear fruit amid the grow

    February 25, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • Japan's leading oil refiners to cut capacity 10%

    TOKYO -- Five major Japanese oil wholesalers will cut their aggregate domestic refining capacity by nearly 10% by the end of March to comply with government regulations forcing them to respond to dwindling demand.The refiners have been working to tr

    February 25, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • Market Scramble: Looming protectionist wave shadows Tokyo stocks

    TOKYO -- The watchword during Friday's third straight losing session in the stock market here was "protectionism," particularly the possibility of a U.S. border tax, with the rise of far-right parties in Europe also causing alarm.The Nikkei Stock Av

    February 25, 2017 02:40 am JST
  • China taps nonexpert for office on Japan policy

    BEIJING -- China's Foreign Ministry has picked a bureaucrat who is not a Japan specialist to lead a division in charge of Japanese policy for the first time since bilateral relations were normalized in 1972.Fang Kun, a Korean specialist, will head t

    February 25, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Big in Asia but World Baseball Classic still seeks US home run

    The 2017 World Baseball Classic -- a popular international sporting event created by U.S.-based Major League Baseball -- will get underway in March amid its struggles to achieve the same worldwide recognition as the annual American World Series.The

    February 24, 2017 07:00 pm JST
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    Emerging-market demand yet to bottom out -- Komatsu CFO

    TOKYO -- Shares of Japan's Komatsu have risen fairly consistently since mid-2016, and the price is now 60% higher than the level a year ago. The investor enthusiasm was prompted by data showing the operating hours of its machinery in China have been

    February 24, 2017 06:40 pm JST
  • Nissan's next challenge: grow beyond US, China

    TOKYO -- Although Nissan Motor is in much better shape than when Carlos Ghosn took over 18 years ago, even the celebrated revival architect could not accomplish everything. The imminent challenge for his successor is to reduce heavy reliance on the

    February 24, 2017 01:15 pm JST
  • Japan's push for longer weekend butts with cultural norms

    TOKYO -- Ayumi Kobayashi, a 32-year-old information technology consultant, had mixed feelings when she opened an email from her company last month. It was an announcement urging employees to leave work early on the last Friday of every month as part

    February 24, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Trump calls Chinese 'grand champions' of currency manipulation

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Donald Trump declared China the "grand champions" of currency manipulation on Thursday, just hours after his new Treasury secretary pledged a more methodical approach to analyzing Beijing's foreign exchange practice

    February 24, 2017 11:40 am JST
  • Toshiba may put Westinghouse into bankruptcy

    TOKYO -- Toshiba is thinking about having U.S. unit Westinghouse Electric file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a company official said on Friday morning.The source said the troubled Japanese conglomerate sees this as one option as it reviews i

    February 24, 2017 10:14 am JST
  • Japan pays more for bigeye tuna as boats make beeline for China

    TOKYO -- An affordable variety of tuna is increasingly expensive in Japan because of supply disruptions, while a premium species is becoming cheaper.January's wholesale price for frozen bigeye -- a type of tuna often sold at supermarkets and served

    February 24, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Corporate Japan's earnings at a record high

    TOKYO -- Listed Japan is swimming in record profits.As resource prices recover and a formerly strengthening yen has regained some of its weakness, the combined net profit of Japan's major listed companies is poised to hit a record this fiscal year f

    February 24, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Morinaga combination takes hints from rival snack and dairy maker

    TOKYO -- The integration of Morinaga & Co. and Morinaga Milk Industry aims to replicate the success that rival Meiji Holdings' snack and dairy units found with a similar combination in 2009, where teaming up on product development improved profitabi

    February 24, 2017 07:15 am JST