Mitsubishi Heavy eyes closer steel ties with Siemens

Aug 14, 2014

Mitsubishi Heavy eyes closer steel ties with Siemens

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. is keen to build a closer partnership with German partner Siemens AG so it can compete better against global rivals, President Shunichi Miyanaga said in a recent interview. Miyanaga said he hopes to explore stronger relations in a business field ...

Indonesia's president-elect urges Japan to invest more

Aug 12, 2014

Indonesia's president-elect urges Japan to invest more

Indonesia’s President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is calling for more investment from Japan, saying it is “very important for Indonesia” to create jobs, solve energy problems and build infrastructure. In an interview in Jakarta, Jokowi, who will take office in October, noted that Japan has ...

Aug 11, 2014

JCB targets ¥22 trillion in billings in three years

JCB Co. plans to boost annual billings, including for shopping and loans, to some ¥22 trillion by the end of the 2016 business year, Ichiro Hamakawa, president of the major credit card company, said in a recent interview. JCB had ¥18.93 trillion in billings ...

Aug 5, 2014

Tax deductions for 'hometown donations' to be simplified

The Abe administration plans to simplify procedures for income and residential tax deductions for donations to municipalities of the taxpayer’s choice, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. “We (want to) simplify the procedures as we hear people say the procedures are difficult,” Suga said ...

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 ...