May 19, 2006

Japan, China remain deadlocked over how to resolve gas row

Japan and China clarified their respective positions but were unable Thursday to agree on how to resolve their dispute over natural gas drilling in the East China Sea, where the two sides disagree over their exclusive economic zone boundaries. During the one-day talks in ...

Apr 28, 2006

MMC operating profit may signal end to dark days

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. reported Thursday it had an operating profit of 6.8 billion yen in fiscal 2005, its first profit in three years and a sign the firm may finally be coming out from under the weight of its defect coverup debacle. The results ...

More seniors opting for personalized wills

Apr 26, 2006

More seniors opting for personalized wills

It hardly seems likely a kit called “Let’s Write Our Will” would be a best-seller, but since its debut last year it has been a hit with elderly people. Kazuo Nebashi, 73, from Tatsunomachi, Nagano Prefecture, became interested in writing a will three years ...

Sweden's IKEA back in Japan after 20-year hiatus

Apr 25, 2006

Sweden's IKEA back in Japan after 20-year hiatus

Furniture giant IKEA marked its return to Japan with the opening of a store Monday in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, but some domestic rivals question whether the Swedish firm has learned enough about Japanese consumers to please them. With its 40,000-sq.-meter showroom and some 10,000 ...

Apr 18, 2006

METI's Asia-Oceania FTA pitch surprises but is predictable

Trade minister Toshihiro Nikai’s announcement earlier this month that Japan plans to start talks with 15 other nations in 2008 to create an Asia-Oceania free-trade zone took many by surprise — not only experts but also those within government — sparking speculation about the ...

Time for Japan to shut up and drill: energy expert

Apr 11, 2006

Time for Japan to shut up and drill: energy expert

A month has passed since Japan and China last held talks over the development of gas fields in a disputed area of the East China Sea, and both sides appear keen on keeping the issue out of the headlines for now. The most recent ...

Mar 30, 2006

U.S. agrees to beef precautions

The United States agreed Wednesday to train workers handling beef exports to Japan and to double its final checks on beef shipments headed here, according to government officials on both sides. But Tokyo is not completely satisfied. At a two-day technical meeting between the ...

Mar 25, 2006

New rules to doom used electrical goods shops?

The phones at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry have been ringing off the hook since early February when it suddenly and quietly changed its enforcement of a 2001 law on electrical appliance safety. The change has outraged the 300,000 businesses nationwide that ...

Veal blunder laid to bad communications

Mar 21, 2006

Veal blunder laid to bad communications

The veal shipment that arrived in January containing banned spinal cords was an isolated incident and “does not indicate weakness in the overall U.S. beef processing, inspection or export systems,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report released Monday. The report, which ...