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METI tells nation to stockpile toilet paper against next disaster

Aug 29, 2014

METI tells nation to stockpile toilet paper against next disaster

Bureaucrats don’t want Japan to get caught with its pants down the next time toilet paper supplies run short after a natural disaster. That’s why the government is rolling out its latest public-awareness campaign, titled “Let’s Stockpile Toilet Paper,” which involves an exhibition on ...

Contractors feeling impact of 'Abenomics'

Apr 30, 2014

Contractors feeling impact of 'Abenomics'

The construction industry is raising wages and selling bonds as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stimulus policies cause labor shortages and a need for funds. Obayashi Corp., the country’s second-largest contractor by market value, raised ¥10 billion in a sale last Friday of five-year bonds ...

BOJ misfire seen in regional banks' turn to aircraft loans

Jan 22, 2014

BOJ misfire seen in regional banks' turn to aircraft loans

Chugoku Bank Ltd. wants to get into the global airline debt market after loans to local businesses fell for a fourth straight year. “It’s the same everywhere: loans aren’t increasing and margins aren’t good,” Eriko Manabe, who works on the bank’s overseas lending, said ...

Lixil mulls another overseas takeover

Jan 8, 2014

Lixil mulls another overseas takeover

Lixil Group Corp., which agreed to buy bathroom-fixture makers American Standard Brands and Grohe Group last year, is studying another overseas acquisition to boost revenue from emerging markets. The planned deal will help Tokyo-based Lixil achieve its target of increasing sales from emerging markets ...

Dec 12, 2013

Top pension fund urged to buy airport concessions

New Kansai International Airport Co. is seeking to attract the state-run retirement fund to a sale of two airport concessions that could raise as much as ¥1.2 trillion. The Government Pension Investment Fund, the world’s largest, with $1.2 trillion under management, “is a strong ...

Cost to insure Tepco's debt soars on back of bad news

Aug 21, 2013

Cost to insure Tepco's debt soars on back of bad news

The bond risk for Tokyo Electric Power Co., from whose stricken Fukushima nuclear plant highly radioactive water is flowing into the sea, surged the most since June on concern delays in getting reactors started at another atomic plant will spoil its loans. The cost ...

Aug 1, 2013

Son reshaping Softbank seen in $20 billion loan

Softbank Corp.’s cost of refinancing debt from its purchase of Sprint Corp. will be less than half of what it paid seven years ago to acquire the Vodafone unit that launched its mobile phone operations. Now Japan’s third-largest mobile carrier, Softbank expects to pay ...

Sanrio to cut reliance on Hello Kitty

Jul 14, 2011

Sanrio to cut reliance on Hello Kitty

Sanrio Co. aims to spend as much as ¥30 billion to buy the rights to a character for the first time and cut its reliance on Hello Kitty. “We want to diversify our character portfolio instead of spending time to boost recognition of our ...