Disaster prep to be 2020 focus: Masuzoe

Feb 20, 2014

Disaster prep to be 2020 focus: Masuzoe

by Masaaki Kameda

To help ensure that foreign visitors can enjoy the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics without concern, Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe says he will focus on making the city safer from disasters, improve access to public transportation and even encourage residents to brush up on their ...

Assad expects to run again, rejects power deal, mocks opposition

Jan 20, 2014

Assad expects to run again, rejects power deal, mocks opposition

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said there is a “significant” chance he will seek a new term and ruled out sharing power with the opposition seeking his ouster, in an exclusive interview before the Geneva II peace talks. Speaking on Sunday at his presidential palace ...

Dec 17, 2013

Osaka Gas eyes Tepco thermal plant renovation

Osaka Gas Co. is eager to capitalize on the expected renovation of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s old gas-fired power facilities in the Tokyo Bay area, President Hiroshi Ozaki said in a recent interview. Because the facilities are aging, they will need to be renovated ...

Nomura to hire 20 U.S. bankers for M&A push

Dec 10, 2013

Nomura to hire 20 U.S. bankers for M&A push

Nomura Holdings Inc. plans to hire about 20 bankers in the U.S. to help regain lost share of the world’s largest mergers and acquisitions advisory market. The nation’s biggest brokerage will seek people to work on leveraged lending and building relationships with private-equity firms ...

Nov 28, 2013

Resona to lend more to help small firms grow

Major banking group Resona Holdings Inc. will concentrate more on lending to support the growth of small and midsize firms in line with the economic recovery, President Kazuhiro Higashi said in a recent interview. “With the lending environment having changed substantially, the situation small ...

Jul 15, 2013

G-20 to take up negative economic signs worldwide

Finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies will focus on negative signs in the global economy when their two-day meeting in Moscow kicks off Friday, financial expert Takatoshi Kato says. “A change has occurred in the ...

Tourism goal within reach, JTA chief says

Jun 22, 2013

Tourism goal within reach, JTA chief says

by Kazuaki Nagata

The rapid drop in the yen helped lure a record 3.17 million tourists to Japan from January to April, but achieving the government’s goal of 10 million this year will require more work, Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Norifumi Ide said. The first quarter was ...