Jul 20, 2014

Abe to offer Rousseff offshore oil know-how

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are expected to discuss how Japanese technology can help the Latin American country to build a massive offshore logistics hub for deep-sea oil field development, according to a draft of a statement to be released ...

The thrill of the job won't pay the rent

| Jun 14, 2014

The thrill of the job won't pay the rent

by Philip Brasor

“If your work isn’t what you love, then something isn’t right.” — Talking Heads Last January, NHK’s nightly in-depth news series, “Closeup Gendai,” ran a feature about the practice of “poeticizing” (poemu-ka) the harsher aspects of life. It’s not a trend that’s easy to ...

With eye on corporate tax cut, Keidanren OKs new chief

Jun 3, 2014

With eye on corporate tax cut, Keidanren OKs new chief

Keidanren appointed Sadayuki Sakakibara as the new chairman of the country’s most powerful business lobby on Tuesday. The business lobby, also known as the Japan Business Federation, approved the nomination of Sakakibara, chairman of fiber and textile maker Toray Industries Inc., at a general ...

May 29, 2014

Flurry of contacts with China takes positive swing toward commerce

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and the head of the Keidanren business lobby agreed Wednesday to expand bilateral economic cooperation despite continuing political tensions. “Although China and Japan are currently fighting about historical issues” and over which country controls a group of islands in ...

May 4, 2014

A call for more female execs

The influential Keidanren business lobby asks member firms to compile plans for promoting women to executive posts so it can put them on its website.

Feb 10, 2014

Anti-nuke candidates' loss elates biz chiefs

Business leaders welcomed former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe’s victory Sunday in the Tokyo gubernatorial election, which represented a victory in their efforts to prevent the anti-nuclear lobby from harming their interests. “We are hoping that the new governor will work well with the state ...

Feb 9, 2014

Wages of an economic upturn

Indications are that Japan may finally be on its way out of deflation, but prices are rising faster than workers' wages and the consumption tax hike in April will add to the burden on households.

New boss to steer Keidanren back to politics?

Feb 6, 2014

New boss to steer Keidanren back to politics?

by Atsushi Kodera

Sadayuki Sakakibara, the incoming chairman of Keidanren, says his priority in leading the nation’s top business lobby is to help get Japan back on a growth track, but observers say he may also try to re-establish the organization’s influence in politics. In his first ...

Feb 5, 2014

Biz chiefs, unions start payroll talks

Base pay is the focus of this year’s “shunto” spring wage negotiations, as managers and labor leaders met Wednesday. The Japanese Trade Union Confederation, or Rengo, is demanding a 1 percent or more hike in base pay to help the nation beat deflation. Meanwhile, ...

Jan 29, 2014

Wage hikes can help end deflation

This year's wage negotiations have started, and for the first time in five years, Japan's largest labor organization will demand across-the-board raises in wage bases. The Japan Business Federation concurs but in more evasive language.

Jan 26, 2014

Leadership change at Keidanren

Keidanren has selected a new leader just as its clout declines and it faces challenges to its role as the nation's most powerful business lobby.