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  • Job availability best in over 26 years in March

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's job availability in March improved to a level last seen more than 26 years ago, government data showed Friday, with companies hunting for workers in a tight labor market.The jobless rate was unchanged at 2.8 percent in March

    April 28, 2017 09:37 am JST
  • Green cars make their way to Indonesian auto show

    JAKARTA -- Japanese and South Korean automakers are pushing eco-friendly models at an auto show that kicked off here Thursday amid Indonesia's growing interest in fuel-saving technologies.Toyota Motor is displaying hybrid versions of the Camry and t

    April 28, 2017 06:30 am JST
  • Earnings preview

    Itochu Enex seen hiking dividend for fiscal 2016

    TOKYO -- Japanese energy company Itochu Enex is expected to pay a 32 yen (29 cents) dividend for the year ended March, up from its standing forecast of 27 yen and the previous year's 24 yen.Group operating profit is likely to come in 500 million yen

    April 28, 2017 06:30 am JST
  • Japan, Russia call for calm as North Korean tensions heat up

    MOSCOW -- Japan and Russia agreed Thursday to urge North Korea to refrain from further military provocations, with Russian President Vladimir Putin stressing the need to resume a long-stalled regional dialogue on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons developm

    April 28, 2017 06:18 am JST
  • Sony's other pledge to investors

    TOKYO -- As brisk sales of the PlayStation 4 and smartphone image sensors set the stage for Sony's full comeback this fiscal year, investors are also watching another key indicator of a corporate recovery.The Japanese giant targets a group operating

    April 28, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Earnings preview

    Japan's trading houses rebound sharply on resource rally

    TOKYO -- Japan's big five trading houses are seeing their bottom lines pick up, with net profit likely totaling 1.4 trillion yen ($12.5 billion) for the year ended last month, thanks to an upsurge in resource prices.Combined net profit appears to be

    April 28, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Japan's Aso holds out hope for US return to TPP

    TOKYO -- Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso remains confident that the U.S. still might rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and he suggested that Tokyo would make any bilateral agreement a far worse deal than Washington could get with the broader trad

    April 28, 2017 05:21 am JST
  • BOJ's Kuroda stands by upbeat view

    TOKYO -- Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda expressed optimism for the Japanese economy through fiscal 2018 after a monetary policy meeting Thursday, when the BOJ decided to stay the course."A virtuous cycle originating with exports and production i

    April 28, 2017 05:15 am JST
  • Sharp to boost output of smartphone camera parts

    OSAKA -- Sharp will boost output of smartphone camera modules by adding production in Japan and acquiring a controlling stake in a Vietnamese manufacturing partner, with the aim of eventually doubling segment sales.The Japanese electronics company w

    April 28, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Japan pursues currency swaps with ASEAN members

    TOKYO -- Japan seeks to establish bilateral currency swap frameworks with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as a hedge against tight fund supplies in a financial crisis and also as a counter to the growing influence of the yuan.T

    April 28, 2017 04:50 am JST
  • Fanuc to spend $566m to lift robot output in Japan

    TOKYO -- Fanuc will build a new plant for industrial robots in Ibaraki Prefecture to respond to voracious demand from Chinese manufacturers.The Japanese company announced the roughly 63 billion yen ($566 million) investment Thursday. The facility, s

    April 28, 2017 04:30 am JST
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    Aso stresses leading role of Japan, US in rule-making

    TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. should use their economic dialogue to develop trade and investment rules that can be applied effectively to the rest of Asia, Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso told The Nikkei on Thursday.Aso, who also serves as fin

    April 28, 2017 04:30 am JST
  • Hitachi enters Europe elevator market with UK acquisition

    TOKYO -- Hitachi announced Thursday the acquisition of British elevator vendor Temple Lifts, marking the Japanese multinational's expansion into the European elevator market in the face of slowing business at home and in China.Temple's shareholders

    April 28, 2017 03:59 am JST
  • Sony unit eyes 8 new music halls across Asia

    TOKYO -- Sony Music Entertainment plans to open performance halls in eight major Asian cities by 2023, with an eye on tapping demand from Japanese artists for high-quality venues to stage concerts for their growing legions of fans.Zepp Hall Network,

    April 28, 2017 03:30 am JST
  • SoftBank plans vast new Japan solar farm, batteries included

    TOKYO -- SoftBank Group plans to build another large solar power plant in northern Japan, this time equipped with ample battery storage to better integrate the renewable energy output into the local grid.SoftBank unit SB Energy will work with Mitsub

    April 28, 2017 03:15 am JST
  • Docomo eyes pivot to services as 'peak smartphone' looms

    TOKYO -- NTT Docomo will focus on realizing the potential of fifth-generation mobile technology beyond smartphones with new services under a four-year strategy unveiled Thursday."We want to innovate for our customers' lifestyles by making the most o

    April 28, 2017 02:20 am JST
  • Toshiba woes dent financial sector's profits by nearly $2bn

    TOKYO -- Six major Japanese financial institutions are expected to book Toshiba-related losses totaling more than 200 billion yen ($1.79 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31 amid the conglomerate's struggles.The list includes four financial g

    April 28, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Market Scramble: China's auto venture deregulation may hurt Japan

    TOKYO -- Beijing's plan to let foreign companies hold majority stakes in auto manufacturing ventures sent shares sliding for several Japanese carmakers here Thursday, as cultural friction may lead China to favor Western partners.The stock price dipp

    April 28, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Nitori to put its furniture into preowned homes for sale

    TOKYO -- Nitori Holdings, a big name in furniture retailing, seeks to turn its renovation business into another driver of growth by forming a partnership that generates synergies from both operations.Tokyo-based Nitori is set to invest more than 20

    April 28, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Denuclearization before talks, South Korea's Ahn says

    SEOUL -- North Korea needs to take action toward giving up its nuclear weapons before any dialogue with the South takes place, Ahn Cheol-soo, the centrist People's Party candidate in the presidential election, told The Nikkei in a written interview.

    April 28, 2017 02:00 am JST