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  • Industry consolidation means high computer chip prices are here to stay

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Personal computer shipments are falling worldwide, but prices of memory chips and modules have stayed high this year. This is due to supply reductions, a lack of price wars and the dominance of only a handful of players caused by i

    November 26, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Treaty on nuclear tests by 2017 eyed

    TOKYO -- A treaty banning nuclear testing by 2017 is among the ambitions of the new chief of an organization for abolishing atomic weapons. Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-B

    November 26, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • CEO Casanova confident of turning around McDonald's Japan

    TOKYO -- Considering the country's prevailing corporate culture, Sarah Casanova -- a woman in her 40s and a foreigner -- may have been something of a surprise pick to become president and CEO of McDonald's Japan. But she was already a virtual sh

    November 26, 2013 03:00 pm JST
  • Aeon looks beyond Japan for promising leaders

    TOKYO -- Aeon has high hopes for employees like In Chandara. As the retail giant looks to accelerate its Asia-centered growth, it is recruiting and nurturing more non-Japanese talent with an eye toward grooming them for leadership positions. Cha

    November 26, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Kansai Airport's budget carrier dreams challenged by reality

    TOKYO -- Kansai Airport is staking much of its future on the success of budget carriers. The trick for now is getting them to set up base there. The airport, which sits on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, has been western Japan's premier air h

    November 26, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Senkaku showdown: US to send in drones

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. drones are heading to the Senkaku Islands. Japan and the U.S. will step up joint warning and surveillance activities over the islands in Okinawa and other parts of the East China Sea. The U.S. military's Global Hawk unmanned s

    November 26, 2013 12:45 pm JST
  • Japanese professor becomes scientific adviser to U.N. chief

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Tokyo University of Science Professor Reiko Kuroda has been appointed to a newly created U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Scientific Advisory Board. The 26-member board will give advice on science, technology, innovation and p

    November 26, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Budget airlines engage in fierce dogfight

    TOKYO (Nikkei) --Peach Aviation, the low-cost carrier based in Osaka's Kansai Airport, is winning favor among Taiwanese travelers by breaking the conventional wisdom that Japanese airlines are pricey. Earlier this month, Peach emailed subscriber

    November 26, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Uniqlo at crossroads with tax hike ahead

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Uniqlo finds itself at a crossroads ahead of a consumption tax hike that threatens to squeeze profits already under strain from swelling production costs. Will the chain stick with the promise of affordable apparel that made it No.

    November 26, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Suntory's new coffee puts health consciousness in a can

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Suntory Beverage & Food aims to grab a bigger slice of Japan's growing market for beverages recognized as having health benefits by rolling out its first canned coffee whose label denotes such properties. The market for drinks

    November 26, 2013 03:00 am JST
  • Takeda eyes Asia-Pacific markets for its vitamin products

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Takeda Pharmaceutical aims to double foreign sales of over-the-counter medicines over the next three years by introducing its vitamin products to Asia-Pacific markets. The Japanese company will release its Hicee brand of vitami

    November 26, 2013 02:45 am JST
  • Now with 300M users, messaging app Line sets sights on 500M

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Line, the instant-messaging application that lets users make calls and send messages for free, announced Monday that it now has more than 300 million worldwide users. The company hosted a countdown event at its headquarters in

    November 26, 2013 02:07 am JST
  • Mujirushi expects record 9-month profit

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The operator of minimalist decor and clothing chain Mujirushi Ryohin expects to book a record pretax profit for the March-November period, thanks to brisk sales of fall apparel and a rush to snatch up home goods before the consumpt

    November 26, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Tax relief eyed for maglev train project in Japan

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The Japanese government and ruling bloc are weighing tax breaks to help keep a magnetic-levitation train project chugging toward its scheduled completion. The proposed relief is being considered for real estate acquisition and

    November 26, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Japan to ease rules for individual investment accounts

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The Japanese government and ruling parties plan to make the NISA tax-free investment scheme launching in January more attractive by allowing users to invest in products offered by multiple financial institutions. Under the NISA

    November 26, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Yen primed to slide amid easy money, trade deficit

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The yen slid Monday to just short of 102 to the dollar on the Tokyo market, the weakest in six months, as a multitude of factors align to weigh on the Japanese currency while bolstering domestic stocks. The yen weakened against

    November 26, 2013 12:54 am JST
  • China on track to pass Japan as top robot market in 2015

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- China is poised to eclipse Japan and become the world's largest market for industrial robots in 2015, according to a trade organization. The International Federation of Robotics indicates that 2012 robot shipments in China surg

    November 26, 2013 12:32 am JST
  • Unresolved issues may prevent full TPP accord

    SALT LAKE CITY (Nikkei) -- With disputes over tariffs and other thorny issues unlikely to be settled by year-end, nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact may opt to sign a provisional agreement next month. "This evening

    November 26, 2013 12:07 am JST
  • Kawasaki Heavy, Epson target China for robot production

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Epson are among Japanese firms moving to produce more industrial robots in China to supply manufacturers there seeking to offset steeply rising labor costs. Kawasaki Heavy will invest just under 10

    November 25, 2013 10:34 pm JST
  • Tokyo's Olympic economic benefit -- not so fast, high or strong

    What I am about to say is more than just an objection, it is objectionable, at least to a good number of Japanese people. When I give public lectures about this topic, I often get heckles from the audience, usually of the refrain, "We don't want

    November 25, 2013 07:00 pm JST