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 ...

Nov 28, 2007

Sumitomo Mitsui eyes income boost from investors

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. plans to increase income from individuals by ¥100 billion within three years by selling a wider array of financial products. “Sales of personal pensions and investment trusts will continue to be growth areas,” Osamu Endo, deputy president of Tokyo-based ...

Jul 6, 2007

Hostile bids likely to up MBOs: Carlyle exec

Management buyouts in Japan may increase as companies rush to fend off hostile takeovers, Carlyle Group’s top executive in the nation said. “More corporate managers are seriously wondering if it’s worthwhile for their companies to remain public,” Tamotsu Adachi, Washington-based Carlyle’s Japan representative, said ...