Sharp needs Hon Hai ties, if only for Apple

Aug 7, 2012

Sharp needs Hon Hai ties, if only for Apple

Taiwan billionaire Terry Gou built a manufacturing empire that assembles iPhones and iPads. His Foxconn Technology Group may be key to ensuring Sharp Corp.’s survival and a stable supply of components for Apple Inc. Sharp’s shares collapsed to their lowest in 37 years in ...

May 22, 2012

DoCoMo targets 50% stake in smartphones

NTT DoCoMo Inc., the nation’s biggest mobile-phone company, expects to increase its smartphone sales to more than half of the national total this fiscal year as it introduces new models, the company’s finance chief said. The market share will rise from 46 percent in ...

K-pop stars luring Japan to buy Korean products

Jul 27, 2011

K-pop stars luring Japan to buy Korean products

Yuko Ishii, a 53-year-old factory worker in central Japan, used to feel reluctant about buying products made in South Korea. That changed after she became a fan of pop stars such as boy band TVXQ. “I used to rule out Korean products, but now ...

Solar-panel producers stand to benefit from nuke fears

Apr 26, 2011

Solar-panel producers stand to benefit from nuke fears

Akiko Hirai says the Hamaoka power station 3 km from her home evokes such dread of the crippled Fukushima plant that she would spend ¥500,000 installing solar panels if it helped make Japan nuclear-free. “Who can really guarantee that they’re 100 percent safe? I ...

Silver lining in sight for makers of solar panels

Apr 22, 2011

Silver lining in sight for makers of solar panels

Akiko Hirai says the Hamaoka power station 3 km from her home evokes such dread of the crippled Fukushima plant that she would spend ¥500,000 installing solar panels if it helped make Japan nuclear-free. “Who can really guarantee that they’re 100 percent safe? I ...

Porn stars in 3-D lure buyers to new TVs

Jun 3, 2010

Porn stars in 3-D lure buyers to new TVs

Porn star Mika Kayama is at the frontier of a push to develop videos and content in Japan that Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. need to lure customers for their new 3-D televisions. Kayama and Yuma Asami, the top actresses of adult-movie maker S1 ...

Sony head sees big things for 3-D

Nov 21, 2009

Sony head sees big things for 3-D

Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer forecast 3-D movies, pictures and games will be the electronics maker’s next $10 billion business, challenging investors and analysts who say the technology isn’t ready to become mainstream. The maker of Bravia televisions and PlayStation 3 game consoles said ...

Rich turn to solar power for latest status symbols

Oct 16, 2009

Rich turn to solar power for latest status symbols

Forget the 58-inch flat-panel TV, the new domestic status symbol for Japan’s rich is a cooker. Housewife Yasuyo Takizawa, whose husband runs a public relations company, spent as much as ¥4 million on systems that combine solar power with energy-efficient water and room heaters ...

Mar 20, 2008

Private equity deals still flow amid credit crisis

Japan’s private equity market will see a “steady flow” of transactions even as rising funding costs cripple deals elsewhere, said the cofounder of the nation’s largest buyout fund. “We’ve heard about the subprime effect in the United States and that leveraged buyouts have come ...