Yasushi Azuma

For Yasushi Azuma's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Sep 28, 2005

MUFG, world's biggest bank group, set to debut

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., the world's largest banking group by assets, will be launched Saturday with the merger of Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group Inc. and UFJ Holdings Inc. amid growing optimism over the economy. With the integration of the two holdings firms, the number ...

Jan 1, 2004

Doldrums bring unlikely benefits for upstart Skynet Asia Airways

MIYAZAKI (Kyodo) It seems unusual that a small company would welcome the specter of an economic slump, but one newly born airline views the dreary business climate as a chance to fly high in the Japanese airline industry. "Under the economic downturn, companies are dropping ...

Nationwide HIV support network set up

Apr 24, 2002

Nationwide HIV support network set up

A nationwide network to support people infected with HIV and people with full-blown AIDS has been established by Hiroshi Hasegawa, who is HIV-positive. The Japanese Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (JaNP+) will help people suffering from HIV and AIDS receive medical treatment and will ...

May 1, 2001

Release of bilingual CD aims to soothe Tokyo-Seoul discord

Cultural exchanges between Japan and South Korea have made steady progress since the first deregulation of Japanese popular culture in South Korea in 1998, according to Kiyomi Kaneko, secretary general of the Foundation for Promotion of Music Industry and Culture (Promic). South Koreans are still ...

Jan 12, 2001

Traditional manufacturers embrace the Net

OSAKA -- Known for their resolute adherence to time-honored styles and techniques, the craftspeople and manufacturers of traditional products in the Kinki region are beginning to embrace the digital age. While still refusing to compromise on production processes or quality, they believe the use of ...