Nissan tests its limits with GT-R

Oct 25, 2007

Nissan tests its limits with GT-R

CHIBA — Nissan Motor Co. unveiled its much-anticipated GT-R supercar Wednesday at the Tokyo Motor Show in Chiba, hoping to win the hearts of serious drivers in and outside Japan. The new GT-R, scheduled to debut in Japan in December, features a newly designed ...

After Chrysler flop, Daimler focuses on quality, not quantity

Oct 25, 2007

After Chrysler flop, Daimler focuses on quality, not quantity

CHIBA — The recent breakup of Daimler and Chrysler, whose stunning marriage in 1998 was intended to achieve economies of scale, resulted instead in reduced production on both sides. Annual production at Daimler, which completed the separation in August and officially dropped Chrysler from ...

Oct 23, 2007

Wal-Mart set to pay ¥100 billion to take over ailing Seiyu

U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday it will launch a ¥100 billion takeover bid to make its struggling Japan unit Seiyu Ltd. a wholly owned subsidiary and speed up its turnaround drive. The tender offer will run Tuesday through Dec. 4 with ...

Carmakers look to emerging India to drive sales

Oct 23, 2007

Carmakers look to emerging India to drive sales

With the 40th Tokyo Motor Show officially opening Saturday, Japanese automakers are hoping the biennial event will encourage visitors to buy new cars and help curb the domestic sales slump. The show, however, is expected to do little to stimulate the sluggish market, which ...

Florist brings affordable flowers to the masses

| Oct 17, 2007

Florist brings affordable flowers to the masses

Hideaki Inoue, president of the company that runs the Aoyama Flower Market chain, earlier in life had no particular interest in flowers. But today, the former accountant cannot live without them. “Flowers enrich people’s spiritual lives,” said Inoue, 44, who surrounds himself at home ...

Oct 12, 2007

Fast posts 21% profit drop for year

Fast Retailing Co.’s profit declined for the business year that ended Aug. 31, due mainly to a warm winter and rising personnel, advertising and promotional costs, the company said Thursday. Money-losing subsidiaries also put a dent in its bottom line. The operator of the ...

Oct 11, 2007

Reuters boss upbeat on bid from Thomson

Reuters Chief Executive Officer Thomas Glocer said in Tokyo Wednesday he is optimistic that European Union antitrust regulators will clear Canada-based Thomson Corp.’s $17.6 billion bid to acquire the British news agency. Now that the initial probe is finished, the European Commission said Monday ...

Oct 10, 2007

Pratt & Whitney picked by MHI for new jetliner

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said Tuesday it has chosen Pratt & Whitney of the U.S. to supply the engines for its planned regional jets, taking Japan a step closer to building its first domestic commercial aircraft in about four decades. The 70- to 90-seat ...

Oct 4, 2007

McDonald's to set up Tokyo test kitchen

Fast-food titan McDonald’s is opening a one-of-a-kind research and training facility in Tokyo later this month to streamline the operation of its 3,800 outlets nationwide, the company said Wednesday. At 770 sq. meters, Studio M in Shinjuku Ward is big enough to seat 114 ...