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For Anna Mukai's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

SoftBank to Dentsu, firms start to court gays

Jan 24, 2014

SoftBank to Dentsu, firms start to court gays

With less than a 0.1 percent share of Japan’s car market, Alfa Romeo knew it couldn’t match the marketing muscle of the local giants like Toyota Motor Corp., which together make nine out of every 10 vehicles sold in the country. So Tiziana Alamprese, ...

Japan Inc. doubles profit on quick cost-cutting moves

Nov 18, 2013

Japan Inc. doubles profit on quick cost-cutting moves

Companies that made tough decisions about exiting businesses, closing factories and revamping management led to a doubling of corporate earnings last quarter, now at the highest level since 2007. Net income jumped to about ¥5.5 trillion at more than 1,280 of the largest listed ...

Lamborghini eyes first SUV since '90s

Sep 24, 2013

Lamborghini eyes first SUV since '90s

Lamborghini expects the concept Urus vehicle, its first SUV since the Rambo Lambo of the 1990s, to get cleared for production, the supercar-maker’s chief executive officer said. “We’re working on it and it will come, which will be good for the brand,” Stephan Winkelmann ...

Ferrari: Japan growth market as China, EU slump

Apr 6, 2013

Ferrari: Japan growth market as China, EU slump

Japan is becoming Ferrari’s next growth market. Registrations of Fiat SpA’s ultra-luxury brand surged 40 percent to 144 vehicles in Japan last quarter, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said Thursday. That’s more than twice the growth in the larger U.S. market, while demand is ...

May 26, 2012

Subaru maker Fuji goes against grain with local output hike

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is making a contrarian bet: The maker of Subaru cars is cranking up domestic manufacturing at a time when its domestic rivals are expanding overseas to escape the strong yen. The carmaker said this month it plans to increase domestic ...