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  • Obama trip lights fire under Japan on Futenma, China relations

    WASHINGTON (Nikkei) -- With U.S. President Barack Obama due to visit Japan next April, Tokyo is expected to face added pressure to sort out pending issues, including the stalled relocation of an American military base in Okinawa and the frosty stand

    November 22, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Sony develops iPS cell analyzer

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Sony has created technology for analyzing the movements of induced pluripotent stem cells, aiming to make a full-scale entry into the promising medical equipment market by applying its digital electronics expertise. The advanta

    November 22, 2013 05:00 am JST
  • Third Point buys 1% of Japan's SoftBank

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- U.S. hedge fund Third Point has invested $1 billion in SoftBank, according to a person familiar with the matter, taking what amounts to a roughly 1% stake in the Japanese telecom group. The bet on SoftBank, which has a market ca

    November 22, 2013 04:49 am JST
  • Monetary easing hopes drag down yen, buoy Japan stocks

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The yen weakened Thursday while Tokyo stocks rallied amid growing speculation that the Bank of Japan will offer more easing measures. The Nikkei Stock Average rose 289 points on the day to finish at 15,365, inching closer to th

    November 22, 2013 03:20 am JST
  • Japan to draft big-data regulations

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The government will set rules for businesses to collect and use a vast amount of online information, seeking to encourage big-data analysis while adopting safeguards to eliminate privacy concerns. Under current law, personal da

    November 22, 2013 02:06 am JST
  • Japan going light on tanks in new defense plan

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japan will shrink its battle tank force by more than half and cluster them on its northernmost and southernmost main islands, while fielding lighter, faster new combat vehicles able to be airlifted to the far corners of the archipe

    November 22, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Mitsubishi to build massive power plant in Myanmar

    BANGKOK (Nikkei) -- Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp. will build a large fossil-fuel-fired power station in Myanmar's Dawei special economic zone via a joint venture with two Thai companies. Mitsubishi will team up with Electricity Generat

    November 22, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Existing-condo prices keep inching up in Japan

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Prices of pre-owned condominiums continue to rise as sellers bullishly bet that demand will stay strong. In greater Tokyo, prices climbed 0.2% on the year to an average of 28.2 million yen ($277,913) in October for 70-sq.-meter

    November 21, 2013 11:47 pm JST
  • Asean investment a priority for Daiwa House

    OSAKA (Nikkei) -- Daiwa House Industry will invest heavily in emerging markets of Asia as part of a broader push to boost overseas sales 40% by fiscal 2015. In Japan, the housing market has benefited from a rush of purchases ahead of next April'

    November 21, 2013 10:23 pm JST
  • Japan train standards push looks derailed

    TOKYO -- China is getting in the way of Japan's efforts to lead talks potentially worth billions of dollars on common global technical standards for railway systems. Japan is trying to take the initiative in negotiations under the International

    November 21, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Gold bullion regains shine in Japan

    TOKYO -- Sales of gold bullion are increasing again in Japan as money flows out of dollar-dominated exchange-traded funds and futures. The popularity of gold bullion stems from investors' recent preference for liquid assets and the belief that y

    November 21, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Honda aims to become Japan's 3rd minivehicle powerhouse

    TOKYO -- Honda Motor is the third largest minivehicle maker in Japan, but trails far behind the undisputed kings of the minicar market, Suzuki Motor and Daihatsu Motor. Honda is determined to change this. Minivehicles, which are classified as c

    November 21, 2013 04:30 pm JST
  • Benefit One expands employee welfare service in Asia

    TOKYO -- Benefit One, a major provider of employee welfare services for corporate customers, is stepping up its operations in Asia outside Japan. On Oct. 29 it set up a subsidiary in Singapore which will oversee the Asian operations, in partnership

    November 21, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Eyeing Cambodia's oil and gas market, Japan firm starts with hospitals

    TOKYO -- Japanese engineering giant JGC plans to launch hospital operations in Cambodia in 2015 to build on its domestic experience constructing medical facilities and boost its core industrial plant business. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

    November 21, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • There is no steering wheel so just lean left or right to turn, or hire a robot chauffeur

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Going easier on the environment and making cars safer were themes at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013, which on Wednesday welcomed journalists at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center in Koto Ward. Toyota Motor displayed its FCV

    November 21, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Seven-Eleven Japan, now 40, embraced data analysis before it was hip

    TOKYO -- Seven-Eleven Japan does not exactly fly under the radar. The Seven & i Holdings unit, which turned 40 years old on Wednesday, is the nation's largest retailer, with 16,000 domestic outlets. It conducts 5.4 billion customer transactions a ye

    November 21, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Fun-driving hybrids take Tokyo Motor Show spotlight

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japanese automakers grappling with young consumers uninterested in owning cars think they might have found the answer in high-performance hybrids that run just like their gas-guzzling cousins. And the companies are taking the wraps

    November 21, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Japanese trading houses adding factory rentals in SE Asia

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japanese trading companies are expanding the amount of factory space available for rent in Southeast Asia, anticipating demand from small and midsize businesses eager to set up shop there. Major automakers such as Suzuki Motor

    November 21, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Japan's big banks dump JGBs as yields tumble

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Major Japanese banks are jettisoning government bonds as the Bank of Japan's monetary easing program continues to force interest rates downward. The yield on newly issued 10-year Japanese government bonds dropped from the upper

    November 21, 2013 06:00 am JST
  • Sharp nixes China plans with Hon Hai

    OSAKA (Nikkei) -- Sharp has decided to reassess its partnership with Hon Hai Precision Industry, scrapping plans to provide cutting-edge LCD technology to one of the Taiwanese company's factories in China. Sharp had previously agreed to provide

    November 21, 2013 02:32 am JST