G-20 to be given explanation on monetary easing

Apr 18, 2013

G-20 to be given explanation on monetary easing

Japan aims to seek global understanding of its aggressive monetary easing at this week’s meeting of Group of 20 finance chiefs to ease possible concerns about the yen’s recent steep fall and negative effects that could spill over to other economies. Bank of Japan ...

BOJ easing options limited

| Mar 1, 2013

BOJ easing options limited

The Bank of Japan’s options to reinforce its monetary easing grip will probably be limited even if Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda, a strong advocate of aggressive easing, takes the BOJ helm in March. The government’s nomination of Kuroda, 68, apparently reflects its ...

Sony aims at special client base with PS4

Feb 26, 2013

Sony aims at special client base with PS4

The new PlayStation 4 reflects Sony Corp.’s renewed focus on value-added products to attract selected customers rather than the general public, as the company struggles to turn its slumping electronics business around. In unveiling the successor to the PlayStation 3 launched in 2006, Sony ...

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 ...