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  • AI now and tomorrow

    Is your job robot-ready?

    TOKYO -- Robots are making people redundant, and you may be next.Once a flight of fancy, we are now in an age where workers of all stripes, including professionals and white-collar workers, could be on the receiving end of pink slips thanks to robot

    April 22, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • AI now and tomorrow

    Robots can handle a third of our workplace tasks, study finds

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Human workers are far from obsolete, but robots are ready to give us a run for our money.Amid the global proliferation of artificial intelligence, research compiled by The Nikkei and the Financial Times has found that machines are c

    April 22, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • Seven-Eleven Japan partners up to deliver the goods

    TOKYO -- Seven-Eleven Japan and Seino Holdings on Friday announced they have joined forces on a home delivery service, potentially making life a little easier for the convenience store chain's staff.Employees of the delivery company will help 7-Elev

    April 22, 2017 09:45 pm JST
  • US aircraft carrier to arrive in Sea of Japan by month end, Pence says

    SYDNEY (Kyodo) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday that the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson would be in the Sea of Japan before the end of April, in what is seen as a display of force aimed at North Korea.Pence was speaking in Sydney at a j

    April 22, 2017 09:00 pm JST
  • 2017 Shanghai motor show cuts a more modest figure

    SHANGHAI -- The 17th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition kicked off on April 19, with more than 1,000 automakers and other industry players showcasing their latest products.This year's event, the world's largest auto show, strikes

    April 22, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan's labor shortage imperils economic growth

    TOKYO -- Construction companies in Japan are scrambling to hire site managers as the industry is gearing up for a surge in building projects ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A website operated by C4, a specialized job placement service for construc

    April 22, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • G-20 finance chiefs fret over protectionism, seek inclusive growth

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Financial chiefs from the Group of 20 major economies on Friday voiced concern over protectionism and agreed to work together in seeking more sustainable and inclusive growth amid geopolitical risks. After two days of talks in

    April 22, 2017 02:58 pm JST
  • Indian elevator market ascending quickly

    TOKYO -- The Indian elevator market is growing fast as the government pushes to increase the supply of apartments for the rising middle class. To capture the robust demand in the world's second most populous country, domestic and foreign elevator co

    April 22, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Corporate Japan's acquisition costs hit 11-year high

    TOKYO -- Acquisitions ended up costing Japanese companies more in fiscal 2016 than at any other time in the past decade, with rising stock prices and intense bidding wars giving targets' valuations a boost.Including the price of acquired shares and

    April 22, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Aso: Do not expect G20 to lean toward protectionism

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday he does not think the Group of 20 debate will lean toward favoring protectionism over free trade ahead of the group's summit in July, even as the new U.S. administration threa

    April 22, 2017 11:50 am JST
  • New pick for BOJ board brings bond dilemma to fore

    TOKYO -- The appointment of Goshi Kataoka, a proponent of "reflation theory," to the Bank of Japan's board has underscored the institution's dilemma over its purchases of long-term Japanese government bonds.The central bank's commitment to expand it

    April 22, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Exchange rates, price increases hold key to profit growth in Japan

    TOKYO -- With earning season set to go into full swing next week, investors are paying attention to guidance for the current year. The following is what you should focus on to figure out if a company is expected to see net profits continue to grow i

    April 22, 2017 07:45 am JST
  • Toll write-down exposes cracks in Japan Post's global strategy

    TOKYO -- Japan Post Holdings aims to leave past mistakes behind and prepare for a coming share sale with a multibillion-dollar write-down on an Australian logistics unit, but investors may not be able to look past such a huge loss.Japan Post's board

    April 22, 2017 07:20 am JST
  • Japan grapples with evacuation plans for nationals in South Korea

    TOKYO -- Japan's government is reckoning with the challenge of ensuring that its nearly 60,000 citizens in South Korea can escape in the event of a crisis on the Korean Peninsula.Tokyo is "preparing various responses" and seeking mutual understandin

    April 22, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Panel stresses clean break once emperor steps down

    TOKYO -- A report submitted Friday by a Japanese government panel on abdication emphasized the need to transfer all the emperor's duties to his successor to ensure that only the sitting monarch serves as symbol of the state.The panel advised using t

    April 22, 2017 06:33 am JST
  • Mitsubishi Heavy to deliver last of ill-fated cruise ships early

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will move up the delivery of the last of a pair of large cruise ships that have caused huge losses.Germany's Aida Cruises, part of cruise giant Carnival, intends to place the ship into service in late June. The d

    April 22, 2017 06:30 am JST
  • Finance leaders reaffirm commitment to stable currencies

    WASHINGTON -- Finance chiefs and central bank governors of the Group of 20 major economies wrapped up a two-day meeting Friday after reaffirming their commitment to stable currency markets.Because the meeting was conducted only a month after the las

    April 22, 2017 06:30 am JST
  • Japan moving toward 2018 abdication for emperor

    TOKYO -- A government panel submitted a final report Friday recommending a one-off law to let Emperor Akihito step down, paving the way for the throne to change hands as early as next year.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would do all he could to s

    April 22, 2017 05:54 am JST
  • Asian container shipments to US hit record

    TOKYO -- U.S.-bound shipping containers from Asia are on the rise, as manufacturers in China and Southeast Asia deliver their wares to a market where consumer spending and housing investment are robust.Shipping volume for the January-March quarter c

    April 22, 2017 04:56 am JST
  • Japan Post mulling $3.66bn write-off for fiscal 2016

    TOKYO -- Japan Post Holdings is discussing a write-down of as much as 400 billion yen ($3.66 billion) for the year ended March 31 to remove goodwill stemming from the acquisition of an Australian logistics unit from its balance sheet.Japan Post snap

    April 22, 2017 04:20 am JST