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At U.S. Open, Japanese brands leave Nike, Adidas in the dust

Sep 12, 2016

At U.S. Open, Japanese brands leave Nike, Adidas in the dust

It’s called the U.S. Open, and the crowd is definitely from New York, but the clothing on the court is decidedly Japanese. Stan Wawrinka, wearing Yonex, thrilled fans with a four-set victory over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, sponsored by Uniqlo. The semifinals featured ...

With Brexit, Japan Inc. gets acquisition bargains

Jun 25, 2016

With Brexit, Japan Inc. gets acquisition bargains

Japanese companies, which have embarked on a $210 billion global acquisition spree over the past three years, are getting a surprise bargain out of Brexit. The yen soared Friday to its highest in more than two years, boosting local firms’ purchasing power for deals ...

Hirai predecessor Stringer sees Sony turnaround taking hold

May 20, 2015

Hirai predecessor Stringer sees Sony turnaround taking hold

Sony Corp. President and CEO Kazuo Hirai is getting a vote of confidence from predecessor Howard Stringer in his effort to turn around the electronics maker. The latest incarnation of the PlayStation and restructuring are helping fuel a comeback, Stringer told Bloomberg TV. Sony ...

Japanese companies using the weak yen to beat profit targets

Apr 27, 2015

Japanese companies using the weak yen to beat profit targets

If you’re searching for Japanese companies likely to beat earnings forecasts this quarter, one good place to start is the currency assumptions. Take Mitsubishi Electric Corp., the industrial giant that makes everything from rice cookers to satellites. In February, the company gave a profit ...