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CEO taps monk training to shine way for driverless taxis

Jun 28, 2016

CEO taps monk training to shine way for driverless taxis

Hisashi Taniguchi used a sabbatical from developing software for driverless taxis and drones to take a pilgrimage to a Buddhist temple in western Japan. He shaved his head, donned black robes and studied to become its leader. He passed the test, yet within a ...

Mitsubishi Motors scandal was an accident waiting to happen

| May 19, 2016

Mitsubishi Motors scandal was an accident waiting to happen

It’s a familiar Japanese corporate ritual: a deep bow before the cameras to atone for wrongdoing. And when it comes to the art of public mea culpa, few companies can top scandal-prone Mitsubishi Motors Corp. On Wednesday, President Tetsuro Aikawa announced his resignation effective ...

Abenomics seen stalling with Toyota pushback against raise

Mar 16, 2016

Abenomics seen stalling with Toyota pushback against raise

To understand what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is up against in trying to spring Japan from the deflationary trap stunting its economy, consider the pushback by its most prominent industrialist Akio Toyoda at the wage negotiating table this month. Toyota Motor Corp. had told ...

Dec 17, 2015

Yamaha CEO sees room to exceed targets on emerging markets

Yamaha Motor Co. may beat its profit forecasts if emerging markets hold up better than expected, according to Chief Executive Officer Hiroyuki Yanagi, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s interest rate hike in the United States. The motorcycle and boat manufacturer may achieve an operating profit ...