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Microsoft Xbox One lands in Japan with a dull thud

Sep 4, 2014

Microsoft Xbox One lands in Japan with a dull thud

The Japan launch of the Microsoft Xbox One fell flat Thursday, with journalists covering the debut of the gaming console far outnumbering buyers. The console arrived here more than nine months after it hit shelves in North America, Europe and Australasia and half a ...

Sony unveils wearable SmartBand Talk in Berlin

Sep 4, 2014

Sony unveils wearable SmartBand Talk in Berlin

Sony Corp. has unveiled new wearable technologies including the SmartBand Talk, a wristwatch-style gadget with a curved display that allows hands-free calling and voice-controlled operation while recording your daily data, including exercise stats. Sony unveiled the product Wednesday at the IFA consumer electronics show ...

Sep 3, 2014

State-backed Renesas restructuring 60% complete, CEO says

Chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp. is more than halfway finished with its restructuring plan, according to chairman and chief executive officer Hisao Sakuta. “In financial terms, we have already passed our worst period,” Hisao Sakuta said in an interview Tuesday. The company has completed “about ...

ANA, Lufthansa to launch joint air shipping service

Sep 3, 2014

ANA, Lufthansa to launch joint air shipping service

All Nippon Airways Co. and Lufthansa Cargo AG of Germany will launch a joint air cargo venture on routes between Japan and Europe, the two companies said Wednesday. They aim to launch shipping services from Japan to Europe this coming winter and from Europe ...

Aston Martin appoints Nissan exec Andy Palmer as CEO

Sep 2, 2014

Aston Martin appoints Nissan exec Andy Palmer as CEO

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. has tapped Nissan Motor Co. executive Andy Palmer to run the 101-year-old U.K. sports car maker, ending almost nine months without a leader. Palmer, 51, will join Aston Martin as chief executive officer following a transition period from his current ...

Sep 2, 2014

Nikkei to invest in Monocle magazine publisher

Nikkei Inc. said Tuesday it has agreed on a capital and business alliance with Winkontent AG, the publisher of monthly global affairs and lifestyle magazine Monocle, in which Nikkei will take a stake in the London-based magazine. “Under Tyler Brûlé’s leadership, Monocle has grown ...

Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with 'Dragon Quest'

Sep 1, 2014

Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with 'Dragon Quest'

Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale last November in the U.S. and Europe but didn’t arrive at stores here until February. Atsushi Morita, appointed head of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Japan operations effective ...

AirAsia group launches Japan-Bangkok flights

Sep 1, 2014

AirAsia group launches Japan-Bangkok flights

The Thai affiliate of Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia launched flight services between Japan and Bangkok on Monday. Thai AirAsia X links Don Mueang International Airport in the Thai capital with Narita and Kansai airports using 377-seat A330 jets manufactured by Airbus SAS. There will ...

Lexus to expand lineup, with eye on German rivals

Aug 29, 2014

Lexus to expand lineup, with eye on German rivals

As Toyota Motor Corp. prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of the Lexus next month, the automaker is aiming to strengthen the luxury brand by keeping production mostly in Japan and expanding its modest lineup. While the Japanese brand keeps an eye on its ...

JAL orders 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jets

Aug 28, 2014

JAL orders 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jets

Japan Airlines Co. said Thursday it will buy 32 planes from Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. to make its fleet more fuel-efficient. JAL plans to begin using the regional jet in 2021 on domestic routes, the carrier and Mitsubishi Aircraft said Thursday in a statement. The ...