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 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 ...

Economy grew 5.5% in quarter

Feb 18, 2006

Economy grew 5.5% in quarter

The economy grew at a robust annualized rate of 5.5 percent in real terms in the October-December period for the fourth-straight quarter of growth, the Cabinet Office said Friday. The economy grew a real 1.4 percent in the quarter as companies and the public ...

Dec 7, 2004

Males more prone to commit crimes but whys elude

As in other advanced countries, statistics show that most crimes in Japan are committed by males, especially violent offenses. But explanations for this can be as varied as the crimes, and range from the sociological, environmental and childhood imprinting, to physiological, biological and genetic ...

Suzuki fined, handed two-year term

Nov 6, 2004

Suzuki fined, handed two-year term

The Tokyo District Court on Friday sentenced former House of Representatives lawmaker Muneo Suzuki to two years in prison and fined him 11 million yen for accepting bribes, falsifying a political funds report and perjury. Lawyers for Suzuki, once a senior member of the ...