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Takeda gains first foreign chief as Weber is appointed CEO

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. has named Christophe Weber chief executive officer as part of a planned succession that makes the French national one of the few international executives to lead a Japanese company. Weber, currently the chief operating officer, takes the new position effective April 1, the drugmaker said in a ...

Sony total-vision headset will be reality in 2016

Mar 5, 2015

Sony total-vision headset will be reality in 2016

Sony Corp. was at a major game developers’ gathering Wednesday showing off a prototype of its Morpheus virtual reality headgear set for release next year. The consumer electronics titan did not disclose how much it plans to charge for the virtual reality, or VR, ...

Mar 5, 2015

Growth in Japan uneven, tied to population size: poll

Despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s focus on revitalizing regional economies, growth remains uneven across Japan — with the pace of recovery slow the past year in municipalities with smaller populations, a Kyodo News survey showed Wednesday. Nearly 80 percent of local leaders who responded ...

| Mar 4, 2015

Bout of caution sends Nikkei lower

Stocks retreated Wednesday, weighed down by selling amid a sense of caution over the recent rapid pace of advance. The Nikkei 225 average fell 111.56 points to end at 18,703.60. On Tuesday, the key market gauge lost 11.72 points. The Topix slumped 9.82 points ...

Mar 4, 2015

Competition to grow in Japan's ¥10 trillion energy markets

Competition within Japan’s ¥10 trillion electricity and gas retail markets looks certain to increase under full liberalization being pushed by the Cabinet. At a meeting Tuesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s team approved bills that would promote electricity and gas industry reforms aimed at liberalization. ...