Japan Update

Chairman Mao Zedong and U.S. President Richard Nixon shake hands in Beijing in February 1972. The diplomatic drama left Japan traumatized. © AP


Sudden trade deal between US and China could be new 'Nixon shock'

Japan must prepare for nightmare scenario of being left out of bilateral pact

  • Three Toshiba presidents paved road to near-ruin

    One man's stalled promotion in 2003 may have been the starting point

  • Company in focus

    How Sony saved itself, as seen from the trenches

    Insiders cite three reasons the once-ailing giant is set for a record profit

  • Sony's Hirai eschewed Band-Aid solutions to heal earnings

    The former president forced a reality check with drastic restructuring

  • Bank of Japan governor keeps up the fight against deflation

    Kuroda faces market distortions and trade war risks as his second term begins

  • Chip equipment sales soar to record levels

    South Korean and Chinese semiconductor makers ramp up investments

  • BOJ's Kuroda rules out tapering, aims for inflation 'overshoot'

    Reappointed central bank chief will monitor impact on private banks' profitability

  • Women save Japan's old family businesses with new ideas

    A 260-year-old paint maker now sells nail polish thanks to female heir

  • Samurai entrepreneur matches global corporations with local influencers

    His Singapore startup expects to have 400 employees by year-end

  • Japan's Sumitomo Corp. bets on offshore LNG refueling

    Tighter emission standards to sharpen battle to berth new and greener ships

  • Tokyo Disney conjures unmagical fixes for overcrowded parks

    Official app and more affordable passes will aim to put guests at ease

  • ArcelorMittal renews bid for India's Essar with Nippon Steel

    CEO of world's top steelmaker 'confident' after initial offer was disqualified

  • Advanced medical care for pets catches on fast in Japan

    Country unleashes regenerative medicine, MRIs and surgery on its ailing animals

  • Megabanks favor peace over digital currency format war

    Mizuho, seeking unified Japanese standard, starts cashless payments in Fukushima

  • AI-based boarding bridge inches closer to full automation

    ShinMaywa's latest version moves to 10cm of plane doors without human assistance

  • 'VR of sound' works for entertainment and surveillance alike

    KDDI tech lets you listen to one singer in a group, or a person in a crowd

  • Toshiba memory unit sale goes into extra time

    US-China trade troubles hang over Beijing's antitrust approval of deal

  • Sony's new boss seeks to inject entrepreneurial spirit

    Yoshida shelves cost-cutter title for now and will focus on creating new businesses

  • In Hokkaido resort town, condos have central Tokyo prices

    Foreign buyers and tourism boom push up land prices across Japan

  • Japan Display to raise $500m to supply key customer Apple

    iPhone maker's shifting screen demands whipsaw LCD company