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Toyota to offer anti-collision, safe-driving packages from 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. will start offering anti-collision, safe-driving packages for its cars next year, aiming to make them available for most of its passenger models by 2017 in Japan, North America and Europe. The packages, one for compact cars and another for midsize and luxury vehicles, combine a camera and ...

Shareholders OK Daiei's plan to become fully owned Aeon unit

Nov 26, 2014

Shareholders OK Daiei's plan to become fully owned Aeon unit

During an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday, shareholders of Daiei Inc. approved the struggling supermarket chain’s plan to become a wholly owned unit of major retailer Aeon Co. through equity swaps in January next year. Through the Aeon group’s realignment, the trade name of Daiei ...

AMEX looks to double Japan profit

Nov 26, 2014

AMEX looks to double Japan profit

by Minoru Matsutani

The Japanese unit of American Express Co. wants to double its profit and market share by attracting owners of small companies as customers and increasing partnerships with other card issuers, its president said Wednesday. “We don’t have a time frame, but we want to ...

Hackers reportedly attack Sony Pictures, threaten to release data

Nov 26, 2014

Hackers reportedly attack Sony Pictures, threaten to release data

Sony Pictures’ computer network has reportedly come under cyberattack, with hackers threatening to release key information from the group’s entertainment division. Sony did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday. But the news site The Next Web reported that all Sony employees at ...

Sony's mobile business wants to reduce costs 30% by March 2017

Nov 25, 2014

Sony's mobile business wants to reduce costs 30% by March 2017

Sony Corp.’s mobile communication business aims to cut costs by 30 percent over the next two years to meet its goal of reversing the division’s losses. Hiroki Totoki, the newly appointed head of the mobile division, said Tuesday that key reform measures will include ...

Nov 22, 2014

EU Parliament mulls breaking up Google to curb its dominance in search

The European Parliament is preparing a nonbinding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc.’s search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned ...

Transport ministry tells Takata to investigate air bag problems

Nov 21, 2014

Transport ministry tells Takata to investigate air bag problems

Transport minister Akihiro Ota said Friday he has directed Takata Corp. to investigate its defective air bags and that the ministry is directly in touch with the firm over the issue. The ministry usually relies on automakers themselves to report incidents and announce recalls, ...

Nov 21, 2014

Suntory mulls sale of gym chain Tipness to NTV

Suntory Holdings Ltd. is considering selling health club unit Tipness Ltd. to Nippon Television Holdings Inc. as it tires to unload noncore businesses to help pay for its buyout of U.S. distiller Beam Inc. earlier this year, sources said Friday. Suntory is expected to ...