Feb 4, 2013

Yen fall likely to pose hurdle to restructuring

The yen’s recent plunge may help the nation’s struggling electronics makers recover from massive losses, but it could also hamper their restructuring efforts in the long run. After reporting huge group net losses for the April to December period on Friday, senior officials of ...

Elderly providing business opportunities in unexpected fields

Jan 9, 2013

Elderly providing business opportunities in unexpected fields

In graying Japan, game arcades are no longer the preserves of young people, with operators seeking out new customers among the rapidly growing number of elderly people. Capcom Co. is one such operator finding business opportunities in the senior market. The game company since ...

Jul 7, 2012

Renesas survives for now; future remains cloudy

By drafting drastic restructuring measures, ailing chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp. has for the time being avoided the fate of Elpida Memory Inc., which filed for bankruptcy protection in February. But merely implementing the measures, which include a reduction in the number of domestic plants ...

May 17, 2012

Tieups best hope to keep TV business alive

As Japanese electronics makers step up restructuring in their efforts to bounce back from massive losses in the business year that ended in March, they are seeking to team up with others to continue their television businesses. The nation’s three top TV manufacturers — ...

Apr 3, 2012

Struggling electronics makers hit reset button

Some of the nation’s biggest electronics firms are seeking fresh starts this spring under new presidents brought in to tackle the difficult task of re-establishing their slumping TV businesses in the competitive global market. Sony Corp., now headed by Executive Deputy President Kazuo Hirai, ...

| Mar 29, 2012

Elpida failure to hasten industry consolidation

Elpida Memory Inc., the last domestic maker of DRAM chips, was delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange Wednesday in the biggest corporate failure in Japanese manufacturing history. Elpida’s failure has shed light on the severe environment facing domestic semiconductor manufacturers, which could accelerate moves ...

Console games expected to stage comeback thanks to 3DS, Vita

Jan 11, 2012

Console games expected to stage comeback thanks to 3DS, Vita

Despite the growth in 2011 of social network games for mobile phones and smartphones from companies such as Gree Inc. and DeNA Co., console games are poised for a comeback with Nintendo Co.’s 3DS portable device selling strongly in recent weeks and Sony Corp. ...

Olympus has way to go before it's out of the woods

Dec 10, 2011

Olympus has way to go before it's out of the woods

A third-party panel appointed by Olympus Corp. to investigate its loss-hiding scandal this week claimed the company had no ties with organized crime, but its future path hinges on resolving a battle with its former president and remaining listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. ...

Nov 3, 2011

Slump forces TV manufacturers to change strategies

Once hailed as “the king of home appliances,” the television has become a headache for Japanese electronics makers, which have been forced to shift their business strategies. On Monday, Panasonic Corp., known for its Viera brand TV sets, said it will scale down its ...

Sony TV woes spell more red ink ahead

May 28, 2011

Sony TV woes spell more red ink ahead

After three straight years in the red, Sony Corp. faces another rough year ahead as the electronics giant struggles to make its mainstay television business profitable amid a host of challenges. Like its Japanese peers, Sony’s business performance was affected by the March 11 ...