Sony hopes organic EL TVs put it back on tech offensive

Oct 2, 2007

Sony hopes organic EL TVs put it back on tech offensive

Sony Corp. will debut the world’s first organic electroluminescent televisions on the domestic market Dec. 1, hoping to take the lead in development of the next-generation flat-panel TVs, the electronics giant said Monday. The 11-inch model, only 3 mm thick and weighing 2 kg, ...

Sep 26, 2007

Fukuda team built for reform but short of time

Analysts shrugged off any speculation Tuesday that Yasuo Fukuda’s election as prime minister will have a major impact on the stock market because his Cabinet’s economic policies are likely to be virtually the same as his predecessor’s. Ever since the Democratic Party of Japan ...

Pachinko seeks to shed shady image as market shrinks

| Sep 25, 2007

Pachinko seeks to shed shady image as market shrinks

Filled with noise, bright lights and cigarette smoke, the attraction of the pachinko parlor is hard for many to fathom. Seemingly oblivious to their surroundings, the players — mostly males — sit transfixed as the metal balls cascade down the front of the machines, ...

Motor show to ease way for visitors

Sep 21, 2007

Motor show to ease way for visitors

As automakers struggle with a shrinking domestic market, participants in the 40th Tokyo Motor Show this fall hope to remind people just how much fun it is to get behind the wheel. “One of the attractions of this year’s show is that visitors can ...

Sep 13, 2007

Stocks fall on Abe's decision to step down

Stock prices closed lower Wednesday following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s surprise announcement of his decision to resign. The political doubt his decision raises, analysts say, adds to the sense of economic uncertainty in Japan and may delay a central bank decision to hike rates. ...

Aug 29, 2007

Peninsula poised to enter luxury inn fray

The opening Saturday of The Peninsula Tokyo in Yurakucho, Chiyoda Ward, marks yet another top foreign luxury hotel chain’s foray into the capital of the world’s second-largest economy. Located near the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park, The Peninsula Tokyo, with 314 rooms, including 47 ...

Aug 22, 2007

Rakuten reaffirms intention to grab bigger stake in TBS

Rakuten Inc., already embroiled in a prolonged takeover battle with Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc., reaffirmed Tuesday its intention to boost its stake in the broadcaster to about 21 percent. Speaking in Tokyo at a news conference to announce the online shopping mall operator’s earnings ...

Frozen food makers seek ways to stay cool with consumers

Aug 16, 2007

Frozen food makers seek ways to stay cool with consumers

Meatballs, hamburger steaks, Chinese-style meat dumplings, fried rice, gratin, tempura and fish boiled with soy sauce — these are just some of the hundreds of frozen food items stocked by the nation’s supermarkets. Frozen dishes have long been a favorite with busy people looking ...