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  • Japan's Democratic Party chief Renho to step down

    TOKYO -- Democratic Party leader Renho said that she has decided to step down as party leader during a press conference in parliament on Thursday, presumably to take responsibility for the devastating defeat at the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly electi

    July 27, 2017 04:41 pm JST
  • Japan needs to be more aggressive in brain gain game

    TOKYO -- Japan's government might want to try a little harder to lure foreign talent. Especially now.In the U.S., perhaps the world's dominant player in the brain gain game, President Donald Trump's protectionist bent has given rise to tougher visa

    July 27, 2017 01:54 pm JST
  • Listed Japan turns its back on buybacks

    TOKYO -- Listed Japanese companies have slammed the brakes on share buybacks, with the total amount of such transactions nearly halving in the first half of 2017 on a year-on-year basis.Share buybacks had been growing as part of shareholder returns

    July 27, 2017 01:26 pm JST
  • Tokyo's Ginza Six can't get window shoppers to open wallets

    TOKYO -- It's been three months since Ginza Six debuted to much hoopla in one of Tokyo's glitziest districts. Before it opened, the multi-use development created anticipation by hailing the 241 luxury and other boutiques it was putting under its roo

    July 27, 2017 12:45 pm JST
  • Japanese hospitals seek secrets for staying disease-free

    TOKYO -- Six Japanese national medical institutions have launched a massive project to pinpoint lifestyle habits that reduce the risk of cancer, heart attacks and other serious health problems.Researchers will track the behaviors and medical conditi

    July 27, 2017 11:36 am JST
  • At 50, ASEAN is reaping the rewards of economic integration

    BANGKOK The Association of Southeast Asian Nations marks its 50th anniversary on Aug. 8. Over the decades, its purpose has shifted from fighting communism to fostering economic cooperation. ASEAN's rules and infrastructure facilitate trade and help

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Carmakers helped foster ASEAN's growth: Ex-Nissan COO

    TOKYO In the 1980s, fewer than 500,000 cars were sold in the ASEAN region annually. In 2016, the figure was more than six times higher, at 3.2 million. The initially modest size of the auto market in Southeast Asia led to a unique division of labor

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The future is vaporous for Philip Morris in Asia

    SEOUL The growing popularity of e-cigarettes in Japan and South Korea has Philip Morris International, the world's most valuable cigarette company, considering a future in which cigarettes are stubbed out completely in the two countries within five

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Abe gets a grilling over his vet school scandal

    TOKYO A scandal over alleged government favoritism is denting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's approval ratings and giving opposition parties ammunition to go after him in parliament.Abe was forced to defend himself before the lower house budget

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Hitachi AI wants you to be fitter, happier, more productive

    TOKYO Hitachi has some friendly advice for the workers of the world. Or to be precise, its new artificial intelligence system does.For years, the Japanese conglomerate has been compiling research on human happiness. Based on this trove of data -- an

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • AR windshields keep your eyes on the (augmented) road

    TOKYO Augmented reality, or AR, could show up on some car windshields later this year, providing a peek at a technology that is expected to really take off in a few years.AR systems can superimpose route indicators, pedestrian alerts and other graph

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Robots converge on Nagoya for 20th RoboCup

    NAGOYA -- Robots are converging here for the annual four-day RoboCup, a robot parallel to the humans-only World Cup of soccer, which kicks off Thursday. The event, which has attracted soccer-playing and rescue robots from around the globe, will feat

    July 27, 2017 07:10 am JST
  • Japan to tap unapproved drugs in emergencies abroad

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will allow unapproved yet promising drugs to be supplied to developing countries in Africa and elsewhere in an effort to combat infectious disease outbreaks more quickly.The move comes after the government's failure

    July 27, 2017 06:51 am JST
  • NEC, Sumitomo to aid Vietnam satellite project

    TOKYO -- NEC and Sumitomo Corp. will soon sign a contract worth 19 billion yen ($170 million) for a satellite launch project in Vietnam.The Japanese team will handle one of the two Earth observation satellites Vietnam plans to launch, and intends to

    July 27, 2017 06:42 am JST
  • Alibaba offering marketing tool to Japanese e-tailers

    TOKYO -- Alibaba Group Holding is offering Japanese companies a sales promotion tool to help them step up e-retailing in China.By analyzing user data for Alibaba services, the Uni Marketing tool identifies customer profiles more likely to positively

    July 27, 2017 06:21 am JST
  • Chanel, luxury peers setting posher prices in Japan

    TOKYO -- Shoppers hunting for bargains on fancy bags and watches in Japan are in for a disappointment. Starting next month, that 500,000 yen ($4,462) Chanel bag could cost 30,000 yen more.Top-shelf European brands like Chanel and French compatriot C

    July 27, 2017 06:17 am JST
  • AI, IoT top Japan R&D chiefs' priority lists

    TOKYO -- Japanese corporations hold the highest expectation for artificial intelligence and the internet of things when it comes to fields for investment, a Nikkei survey shows -- areas where many got off to a slow start.Research and development chi

    July 27, 2017 06:07 am JST
  • Itochu wins Indonesian coal-fired power plant project

    TOKYO -- Itochu will build two coal-fired power plants in Indonesia for about 45 billion yen ($404 million), as the Japanese trading house moves to capitalize on growing electricity demand in emerging economies.Indonesian utility PLN awarded the wor

    July 27, 2017 06:03 am JST
  • Earnings preview

    Machine tool builder Tsugami's Q1 profit seen jumping 150%

    TOKYO -- Tsugami's operating profit for the April-June period likely surged 150% on the year to about 1.5 billion yen ($13.3 million), buoyed by brisk demand for machine tools in China.Sales are estimated at a little over 12 billion yen, climbing ab

    July 27, 2017 06:01 am JST
  • Where's the frozen beef? Japan's emergency tariff stirs concern

    TOKYO -- Japan's decision to invoke an import safeguard on frozen beef has met with bewilderment and concern at home, as the move is certain to hit domestic restaurants hard and provoke backlash in the U.S.The action, designed to protect domestic fa

    July 27, 2017 05:35 am JST