Sep 7, 2009

Do nation's new leaders lack economic vision?

Now that the electorate has overthrown the old guard, worries are growing that the nation’s new leaders lack a long-term vision to turn around the hobbled economy. The Democratic Party of Japan promised in the recent election to expand the social safety net with ...

Aug 22, 2009

Director of 'Titanic' signs on for Panasonic 3-D TV ad campaign

Panasonic Corp. has signed on “Titanic” director James Cameron and his upcoming film in an advertising blitz for its televisions equipped with 3-D technology, both sides said Friday. The deal between the major electronics maker and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.’s “Avatar” — the ...

Jul 24, 2009

'Last' homage to Suzushi Hanayagi

During the 1960s, Suzushi Hanayagi ventured alone to New York in an unusual act of courage for a Japanese woman of her generation and armed only with training in traditional dance to forge a new form of Western-style modern dance. Now 80, she sits ...

Angry Whopper adds spice to burger wars

Jul 23, 2009

Angry Whopper adds spice to burger wars

The Angry Whopper is arriving in Japan, a nation where the competition over hamburgers is as sizzling hot as the new spicy offering from U.S. fast-food chain Burger King. To make sure people got the message, Burger King Corp. hosted an “angry shouting challenge” ...

Jackson enjoyed loyal following in Japan

Jun 28, 2009

Jackson enjoyed loyal following in Japan

Despite years of child molestation accusations and deep financial difficulties, Michael Jackson could always count on one nation for unquestioning fan loyalty and lucrative advertising deals — Japan. His death in Los Angeles on Thursday at age 50 shook the country. Many Japanese TV ...

Eco-points credited with sales boost

Jun 16, 2009

Eco-points credited with sales boost

People are snatching up hybrid cars, solar panels and energy-efficient TVs, wooed by government incentives designed to battle a recession while conserving energy. Tax breaks and rebates on low-emission cars have helped two hybrid vehicles, Toyota’s Prius and Honda Motor Co.’s Insight, become the ...

As slump bites deeper, shoppers warm to no-name foreign gadgets

Mar 27, 2009

As slump bites deeper, shoppers warm to no-name foreign gadgets

The recession is causing a massive consumer shift: No longer do Japan’s famously finicky and brand-conscious shoppers assume imported and no-name electronics are as cheap in quality as they are in price. As products from toasters to laptops carry increasingly similar components and special ...

DS sales top 100 million in record time

Mar 13, 2009

DS sales top 100 million in record time

Global sales of the Nintendo DS hand-held topped 100 million in four years and three months — a milestone reached at the quickest pace for any video game console — the manufacturer said Thursday. Worldwide sales of the DS, which hit stores in November ...

Nissan rethinking designs as elderly flourish

Mar 1, 2009

Nissan rethinking designs as elderly flourish

ATSUGI, Kanagawa Pref. — To understand what it’s like for a 70-year-old person to get around, Nissan designers are donning an “aging suit,” complete with a 1-kg vest, uneven shoes that make walking a precarious hobble and belts that strap knees so they can’t ...

'Temp' protests warp face of egalitarian Japan Inc.

Feb 27, 2009

'Temp' protests warp face of egalitarian Japan Inc.

Fired engine plant worker Kouichirou Fukudome shouts slogans with dozens of protesters outside truck maker Isuzu’s towering headquarters, all demanding they get their jobs back. Once unheard-of in Japan, such protests are becoming more common as thousands of “temporary” workers — who often had ...