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  • Dollar moves in mid-102 yen range in early Tokyo deals

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The U.S. dollar traded in the mid-102 yen range early Monday in Tokyo after the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies agreed the previous day to strengthen global growth. At 9 a.m., the dollar fetched 102.53-55 yen com

    February 24, 2014 09:20 am JST
  • Japan helping Myanmar reduce blackouts

    YANGON -- Myanmar is getting financial and technical support from Japan to make its creaking power grid more reliable. The power distribution authority here in Myanmar's most populous city has installed blackout-limiting equipment made by Kyoto-

    February 24, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Tokyo Gas to set up cogeneration joint venture in Malaysia

    TOKYO -- Tokyo Gas will establish a joint venture in Malaysia to provide electricity to plants and commercial facilities via a cogeneration system. The major Japanese natural gas provider positions Southeast Asia as a key market for boosting ove

    February 24, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Firefox hot, Tizen not in mobile operating system race

    BARCELONA, Spain -- Can one of a number of marginal mobile operating systems make a serious dent in the duopoly of Apple and Google? That question will be on minds at this year's Mobile World Congress, which kicks off here Monday. Nearly 96%

    February 24, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Japan to pitch Abenomics in United Arab Emirates

    TOKYO -- Seeking to attract investment from the United Arab Emirates, the Japanese government will send a delegation consisting of officials from the economy and finance ministries as well as the Bank of Japan and the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The t

    February 24, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • 44% of Japanese favor corporate tax cut: poll

    TOKYO -- More Japanese support lowering the corporate tax than oppose it, while a slim majority still want to phase out nuclear power, a Nikkei Inc. poll finds. Out of 1,035 households responding to the weekend poll, 44% approve of cutting the e

    February 24, 2014 01:27 am JST
  • Power to the perovskites: the next solar tech

    TOKYO -- A new kind of solar cell is about to change the way we draw energy from the sun. The cells, called perovskites, have a unique crystal structure. The production process is relatively simple. And their conversion efficiency -- the amount

    February 23, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Licensing businesses battle in Asia

    The world was in attendance at the 12th Hong Kong International Licensing Show, which took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre early last month. Asia's largest licensing exhibition, the event, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Dev

    February 23, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Fading Japan

    TOKYO -- Time was when Japan was so much more economically powerful than any other Asian nation that many reports on the region's economy excluded the Land of the Rising Sun. This was the only way to ensure accurate analyses. But the term "Asia exce

    February 23, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • South Korea wants to wean itself from dependence on Chinese tourists

    South Korea saw a significant jump in the number of Chinese tourists last year. Though this is welcome news in many ways, Seoul would also like to welcome more visitors from other countries to balance out the dominance of tourism from China. The

    February 23, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Nerds can dance: anime culture infiltrates nightclubs

    TOKYO -- As a generation who grew up steeped in anime, J-pop and video games comes of age, nerd culture is leaving its mark on Japanese society in ever more diverse ways. One of the latest developments in the nerdverse: nightclubs blasting dance-mix

    February 23, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • 'Mature creditor nation' optimism threatens Japan economy

    TOKYO -- Delusions about Japan's economy need to be corrected. The country's status as a creditor nation does not mean the deteriorating external account is nothing to worry about. Japan could be on a slippery slope to debtor nation because of its f

    February 23, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Weak emerging economy currencies hit Japan Inc.

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies are being affected by the declining value of some emerging economy currencies. Unicharm anticipates a profit fall of 5 billion yen ($48.31 million) in fiscal 2013 through March 31, because of the depreciation of the I

    February 23, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Japan to relax arms exports rules

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government aims to allow exports of arms and related technologies to countries and entities that can help it maintain national security or contribute to peace. The current three principles on arms exports prohibit such sales.

    February 23, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Japan's travel agencies increase overseas package tours from Haneda

    TOKYO -- Travel agencies will offer significantly more overseas package tours flying out of Tokyo's Haneda airport, once international slots at the airport increase March 30. Wider availability of air packages from Haneda is expected encourage m

    February 23, 2014 12:30 am JST
  • 'Dream sand' opens up new possibilities for desert farming

    TOKYO -- Panasonic is currently carrying out research on proprietary technology for water-repellent sand, together with Kyoto University, with the aim of commercializing it for farming in deserts in fiscal 2016. The basic aim of the project

    February 22, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Young laborer shortage growing dire on Japan's construction sites

    TOKYO -- Unless some action is taken, the skills and know-how of experienced construction workers in Japan could disappear, as fewer young Japanese are willing to work in the industry and acquire them. Amid increasing demand for construction wor

    February 22, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Banana artist's work gains global audience

    I've always liked to draw, but I never thought I'd be sculpting bananas. I've been called a "banana sculptor" and a "banana craftsman," and some people may have seen my work on the Internet. I sculpt fine details on peeled bananas. Recently, I s

    February 22, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Soaring Chinese-down prices hit Japanese apparel industry

    TOKYO -- Chinese down is selling for significantly more than a year ago, prompting Japanese companies to hunt for alternatives or raise prices on products like jackets and bedding. Japan imports about 40-50% of its down from China. But at $80 pe

    February 22, 2014 06:11 am JST
  • Cold snap heats up LNG spot prices in Japan

    TOKYO -- Spot prices of liquefied natural gas bound for Japan are soaring as power companies scramble to meet rising electricity demand caused by chilly weather. The spot LNG price has risen to record highs, climbing 30% from its most recent low

    February 22, 2014 05:51 am JST