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  • Earnings preview

    Seven & i seen ringing up record operating profit

    TOKYO -- Seven & i Holdings' operating profit apparently rose 2% to around 360 billion yen ($3.25 billion) for the year ended February, as private-brand goods flourished at its convenience stores and costs were cut at superstore unit Ito-Yokado.This

    March 24, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Panasonic buys into US startup Drivemode

    OSAKA -- Panasonic has invested in Drivemode and will explore technological partnerships with the U.S. developer of a hands-free smartphone app for drivers, part of a push to open up new fronts in its automotive business.The Osaka-based manufacturer

    March 24, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Nintendo chases more than profit with 'Super Mario Run'

    OSAKA -- Though "Super Mario Run" has lifted Nintendo's profits less than many had hoped, Mario remains the protagonist of the company's mobile strategy, with a jump to a new smartphone platform highlighting the game producer's main goal of expandin

    March 24, 2017 01:00 am JST
  • New JGB auction rules could smooth exit from easing

    TOKYO -- Proposed changes to the way Japanese government bonds are auctioned could make it easier for the Bank of Japan to keep interest rates near the target of zero for now -- and to draw down monetary easing when the time comes.The Ministry of Fi

    March 24, 2017 12:39 am JST
  • Freetel operator leading Japan's smartphone makers into Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan's Plus One Marketing is plunging into the competitive Asian smartphone market with extremely inexpensive models, learning from compatriots' failed attempts to win over foreign customers through the quality of their products alone."I l

    March 23, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Peter Tasker

    In 'year of the scandal,' Abe's woes could shake Asia

    It is increasingly hard to keep up with this year's bumper crop of scandals. U.S. President Donald Trump continues to generate fresh controversy on an almost a daily basis. In France, the old-school "family values" presidential candidate Francois Fi

    March 23, 2017 06:30 pm JST
  • Tianyu Zhang

    A Chinese shareholder revolt against communist control

    Shareholders of low-profile Chinese property developer Tianjin Realty Development recently made news by voting to keep party politics out of the Shanghai-listed company's organizational structure. Such action has never been heard of before at any st

    March 23, 2017 06:10 pm JST
  • Cross-border Labor Race

    Foreign trainees face tough road in Japan

    HANOI -- At 6:30 a.m., trainees line up for calisthenics set to music at a boarding school in the capital that offers Japanese language courses.Some 600 people, mostly in their 20s and hailing from rural areas of Vietnam, are students at the school.

    March 23, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Eric Ritter

    Home sharing can boost more than tourism in Japan

    Home-sharing services such as Airbnb are illegal in Japan, except in Osaka and Ota Ward of Tokyo. A move is now afoot to change the law and advocates should persevere as such services could provide a needed support to the country's growing tourism s

    March 23, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • 'Mrs. Abe gave me cash in an envelope'

    TOKYO -- In a sworn testimony to the Japanese Diet on Thursday, nationalist educator Yasunori Kagoike described in colorful detail how he received cash in an envelope from Akie Abe, the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe."She told her aide to leave u

    March 23, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Is it the end of the motorcycle as we know it?

    TOKYO -- Japanese motorcycle producers have a problem -- governments around the world are tightening emissions regulations.Actually, that is only one of their problems, but the one that is forcing them to discard some old models and introduce new on

    March 23, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Japan's affluent once again drawing global wealth managers

    TOKYO -- Asset managers here and abroad are scrambling to capture Japanese high-net-worth clients looking for alternatives to their conventional investment strategies amid rock-bottom bond yields.The charge is being led by two Swiss private banking

    March 23, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Trump's shifting China views raise specter of Asian turmoil

    TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump's tough talk on China before taking office has softened of late, a development whose genesis has worrying implications for Asian security.American and Chinese VIPs have jetted back and forth more often lately. St

    March 23, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Smartphone demand buoys Japan's electronic parts makers

    TOKYO -- Consumers, it seems, still love their smartphones. At least they love their new smartphones, demand for which seems to be lifting Japanese electronics parts makers out of a prolonged slump.Shigenao Ishiguro, TDK's president and CEO, is upbe

    March 23, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Insurance promises Asia much more than peace of mind

    TOKYO Trinh Pham, a 25-year-old office worker in Ho Chi Minh City, vividly remembers the day she decided to join an insurance program."My colleague suddenly passed away three months ago with colorectal cancer," she said. "I felt so sorry for him and

    March 23, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Toshiba ponders asset sales as it fights to stay alive

    TOKYO On March 14, Toshiba announced that it will sell its majority stake in U.S. nuclear power subsidiary Westinghouse Electric, pulling out of an overseas business that had made huge losses. The industrial conglomerate also plans to offload its me

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • GE shows where Toshiba went off track

    TOKYO The links and parallels between General Electric and Toshiba go way back. Today, however, it is their glaring differences that stand out most.Thomas Edison, the American inventor who founded GE, used to say "make money" a lot. Ichisuke Fujioka

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Necessity is the mother of invention for Asia's insurers

    BANGKOK When Pathom Indarodom crashed his new car into a telephone pole in central Bangkok, he was daunted by the thought of spending days, if not months, filing a claim with his car insurer.But he soon remembered hearing about an app from a friend.

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Insurers help to pay for Asia's infrastructure needs

    BANGKOK A recent $150 million refurbishment of two decades-old geothermal power plants on the Philippine island of Luzon may sound like just another project aimed at overcoming the country's severe electricity shortages. But, for Asia's insurance co

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Insurance promises Asia much more than peace of mind

    TOKYO Trinh Pham, a 25-year-old office worker in Ho Chi Minh City, vividly remembers the day she decided to join an insurance program."My colleague suddenly passed away three months ago with colorectal cancer," she said. "I felt so sorry for him and

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST