At 200,000 yen a bag, this is the world's costliest tea

Mar 5, 2003

At 200,000 yen a bag, this is the world's costliest tea

Forget Starbucks, Tully’s and Doutor. If you’re after a real quality brew, perhaps it’s time to enjoy Chinese tea at its best. So says Kazuo Kodera, a Tokyo-based importer of Chinese food and tea who made the winning bid at an auction last September ...

Ex-BOJ man hopes to wield LDP clout as reformer

| Feb 28, 2003

Ex-BOJ man hopes to wield LDP clout as reformer

A glance at his Web site can tell you quite a lot about his position. In a recent “Yasuhisa’s monologue” on the site, Yasuhisa Shiozaki, 52, a lawmaker in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, bashed the Financial Service Agency’s proposal to let ailing insurance ...

Toray Industries chief puts faith in technological research

Feb 14, 2003

Toray Industries chief puts faith in technological research

Sadayuki Sakakibara, president of Toray Industries Inc., is confident there are researchers at his company who have the potential to win a Nobel Prize, just like Shimadzu Corp.’s Koichi Tanaka. “I think it’s possible,” said Sakakibara, who is also chief operating officer of Toray. ...

U.S. alliance least served by genuflecting: expert

Sep 4, 2002

U.S. alliance least served by genuflecting: expert

Japan needs to think strategically and hold dialogue with the United States in that light if it wants to be a true ally, according to a former deputy chief of the Defense Agency. “Would the U.S. even think of asking Japan’s opinion about its ...

Tourism industry courts Koizumi, Bush to boost international travel

Apr 23, 2002

Tourism industry courts Koizumi, Bush to boost international travel

The newly signed U.S.-Japan tourism promotion pact shows the United States is greatly aware of just how much Japanese tourists mean to its economy, according to U.S. tourism industry leaders who visited Japan last week to attend the agreement’s signing ceremony. U.S. Commerce Secretary ...

Apr 17, 2002

Japan, United States to sign tourism pact

Japan and the United States will sign a tourism promotion pact Friday in an effort to promote travel and revitalize their sagging tourism industries, which are still reeling from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The pact will set a numerical target of 4 percent ...

Mar 28, 2002

MMC president-to-be leaves no stone unturned

When he arrived in Tokyo more than a year ago from the Railsystem Unit of the DaimlerChrysler Group, Rolf Eckrodt, vice president and chief operating officer of Mitsubishi Motors Corp., gave each MMC executive a piece of the Berlin Wall encased in clear plastic. ...

Mar 26, 2002

MMC to break even this business year: COO

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will break even in the current business year, which ends Sunday, chief operating officer of the automaker said Monday. “I’m quite satisfied with the progress we made after one year working hard,” Rolf Eckrodt, MMC’s executive vice president and COO, said ...