Sep 25, 2013

Toshiba to give wind power generation a whirl

Toshiba Corp. is planning a major push into the wind power business. One of its wholly owned subsidiaries plans to acquire Sigma Power Janex Co., a spinoff of wind power operator Japan New Energy Explorer Co., or Janex, in mid-November for billions of yen. ...

Sep 13, 2013

Toshiba chief urges Eco-point relaunch

The government should start another Eco-point subsidy program for energy-efficient products to help prevent any consumption tax hike from triggering an economic slowdown, Toshiba Corp. Vice Chairman Norio Sasaki said. Considering the anticipated surge in social security costs and the Japan’s steadily worsening fiscal ...

Panasonic churns out 100 millionth washing machine

Aug 30, 2013

Panasonic churns out 100 millionth washing machine

Panasonic Corp. has built its 100 millionth washing machine since starting production in 1951 under the leadership of founder Konosuke Matsushita. Its output of washing machines has accelerated since Panasonic started production in China in 1992, with the last 50 million being manufactured since ...

Aug 8, 2013

Top firms' classified info leaked on Baidu

Large amounts of confidential internal documents and materials of major Japanese companies from the past two years are currently available for viewing at China's Baidu Library document-sharing website.

Jul 3, 2013

Toshiba buys Austrian firm to up infrastructure sector

Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday it has acquired a 76 percent stake in an Austrian energy management software developer to expand its infrastructure business in Europe. While Toshiba didn’t clarify the amount paid for acquiring cyberGRID GmbH, an official said it was “hundreds of millions ...

Toshiba boss foresees TV rebound

Jun 27, 2013

Toshiba boss foresees TV rebound

New Toshiba Corp. President Hisao Tanaka is confident the company can rebuild its loss-making TV business by slashing fixed costs and taking other restructuring measures that will make it profitable in the second half. Tanaka, 62, who assumed his post Tuesday, succeeding Norio Sasaki, ...

Toshiba sees profit hike on chip demand

May 9, 2013

Toshiba sees profit hike on chip demand

Toshiba Corp. on Wednesday forecast a 29 percent gain in full-year profit on higher demand for semiconductors and power equipment. Net income may be ¥100 billion for the year ending March 31, compared with ¥77.5 billion a year earlier, the company said in a ...

TV firms' hopes ride on 4K shift to 'bigger, smarter'

Feb 21, 2013

TV firms' hopes ride on 4K shift to 'bigger, smarter'

by Kazuaki Nagata

Japanese TV makers are desperately seeking new strategies to revive their flagging operations, and some of the key points include expanding screen sizes, boosting image quality and making them “smarter” and more user-friendly. With midsize televisions barely turning a profit, the nation’s electronics giants ...

Toshiba decontamination bot to scrub No. 1 plant

Feb 16, 2013

Toshiba decontamination bot to scrub No. 1 plant

by Kazuaki Nagata

Toshiba Corp. on Friday unveiled a prototype of its remotely operated decontamination robot that it expects to help clean up the Fukushima No. 1 plant’s radiation-zapped reactor buildings as early as this summer. The robot — which can withstand radiation up to 100 sieverts, ...