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  • Overseas profits increasingly important to big Japanese companies

    TOKYO -- Big Japanese companies are becoming more reliant on overseas profits. Their combined April-June overseas operating profit hit its highest point for that particular quarter since the 2008 global financial crisis, exceeding their combined

    September 13, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan sees space as next frontier in regional security

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed cabinet ministers Friday to update basic plans for incorporating outer space into regional security strategies. Abe met with a task force for space development and urged Shunichi Yamaguchi,

    September 13, 2014 06:20 am JST
  • Executives debate women's workplace participation at Tokyo forum

    TOKYO -- For female talent to truly shine in the workplace, a change in workers' mindset and strong leadership from top management are important, said participants in a discussion held Friday in Tokyo as part of a three-day international symposium o

    September 13, 2014 05:58 am JST
  • Sharp betting on next-gen displays as new growth path

    OSAKA -- Sharp is set to launch a new type of display that not only consumes little power but also works in extreme heat and cold, seeking new applications in vehicles, industrial machinery and other equipment. The Japanese electronics company s

    September 13, 2014 05:08 am JST
  • US supports rapprochement between Japan, neighbors: Kennedy

    TOKYO -- The U.S. wants Japan, China and South Korea to work together more closely, U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy told The Nikkei in an exclusive interview earlier this month, calling strong ties vital to regional peace, prosperity and efforts to

    September 13, 2014 03:30 am JST
  • US market excited, anxious about massive Alibaba IPO

    NEW YORK -- China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding is getting closer to public flotation. The entry of a new giant on the market is stirring much excitement, but also some concerns. The company unveiled on Sept. 5 a provisional price ran

    September 12, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • War on terror could weaken Obama's pivot to Asia

    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's decision to begin airstrikes in Syria may negatively impact Asia, as the resurgent focus on the war on terror could divert the U.S. attention at a time when the region needs more American engagement. Obama o

    September 12, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Empowering women can lead to economic prosperity: Clinton

    TOKYO -- Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state, emphasized the importance of women's participation in economic activities in a video message at a forum titled, "Women's Power as the Source of Growth" here on Friday. "Increasing wom

    September 12, 2014 05:50 pm JST
  • Woman power can add to Japan's growth: Lagarde

    TOKYO -- By helping women participate more in the workplace, Japan can add 0.25% to its economic growth rate each year, Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said in Tokyo on Friday. Speaking at a forum titled

    September 12, 2014 02:25 pm JST
  • Smartphone-related shares drop in Taiwan after Apple announcement

    HONG KONG -- Apple's announcement Tuesday of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has sparked a variety of reactions throughout Asia, such as profit-taking in related Taiwanese stocks. Taiwanese manufacturers will continue to play key roles in the new

    September 12, 2014 05:32 am JST
  • US sees wider defense role making Japan a better ally

    TOKYO -- U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pursuit of broader defense powers will make the bilateral security alliance -- criticized by some as placing a lopsided burden on the American side -- "more balanced

    September 12, 2014 04:26 am JST
  • Citibank Japan seen attracting 6 suitors for retail ops

    TOKYO -- Six large Japanese banks are expected to participate in the first round of bidding for Citibank Japan's retail banking business Friday, drawn to the company's strength in foreign-currency deposits. The megabank trio of Bank of Tokyo-Mit

    September 12, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • China's auto sales rose 4% in August

    SHANGHAI -- Sales of new automobiles in China climbed 4% from a year earlier in August, with weak demand for trucks almost erasing an increase in sales of passenger cars, according to data released on Thursday. The China Association of Automobil

    September 11, 2014 11:41 pm JST
  • Pricey Apple gadgets face uphill battle in Asia against cheaper rivals

    CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The launch of new, larger iPhones, the versatile Apple Watch and wireless Apple Pay system will attract more users to Apple's universe of gadgets and apps, but the world's most highly valued company still has an uphill climb ahe

    September 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Yen hits nearly 6-year low of 107 to dollar

    TOKYO -- The yen fell to 107.02 against the dollar in Tokyo on Thursday afternoon, its weakest level in five years and 11 months. Selling of the Japanese currency has been encouraged by expectations of a widening gap in interest rates between Ja

    September 11, 2014 04:40 pm JST
  • With new Apples on tree, Japanese wireless carriers gear up for harvest

    TOKYO -- The two new iPhones that Apple unveiled Tuesday in the U.S. will be available for order Friday in Japan and delivered into people's hands here starting Sept. 19. The Apple handsets are already hugely popular in Japan, accounting for hal

    September 11, 2014 02:43 am JST
  • Amano to see 20% profit boost overseas in fiscal 2014

    TOKYO -- Time-management equipment maker Amano will likely see operating profit abroad jump almost 20% to just under 1.3 billion yen ($12.1 million) in fiscal 2014 on strong sales of parking and environmental systems in Asia. Overseas sales are

    September 11, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Security risks spreading as extremists regain power, take to Internet

    TOKYO -- It has been 13 years since the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is dead, but amid the political turmoil after the Arab Spring, Islamic extremists have begun expanding their activities again. T

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Nissan continues losing executives to 'younger' rivals

    TOKYO -- Nissan Motor has lost yet another top executive, this time a vice president working directly under President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. Rival companies have now poached three leaders from Ghosn's Renault-Nissan alliance in the past year. But int

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Aloha shirts have Japanese roots

    TOKYO -- It was in late December 1997 when Ryoichi Kobayashi discovered a holy grail for clothes collectors in Kyoto. The silk shirt he found featured Mount Fuji, goldfish and Japanese folklore characters. It was as colorful as a kimono. Kobayas

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST