Nov 19, 2015

Mitsubishi Regional Jet takes flight

The debut flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet is welcome news for Japan's long-dormant aircraft manufacturing industry, but ensuring its success will require considerable effort.

Sep 7, 2015

July composite economic index down on weak industrial output, shipments

Japan’s key composite index of economic indicators, reflecting the current state of the economy, fell in July for the first time in two months, the government said Monday, reflecting a slowdown in manufacturing activity. The index of coincident indicators, such as industrial output, retail ...

Sep 6, 2015

Chinese build factories in U.S., creating jobs and tensions


When Chen Mingxu was a boy, U.S. businessmen poured into rural China, welcomed with tax breaks and steamed turtle. Thirty years later, in a kind of reverse migration, Chen finds himself in southwestern Alabama smiling wanly over bacon-wrapped meatloaf and banana pudding. Chen, who ...

Aug 20, 2015

Toyota, steel makers agree to cut sheet prices

Toyota Motor Corp. and major steel makers have agreed to lower prices for steel sheet for the April-September period from the previous six months, marking the first price cut in a year, industry sources said Thursday. Toyota and the steel makers, including Nippon Steel ...

Jun 12, 2015

Industrial output revised upward to 1.2% rise in April

Industrial output rose a seasonally adjusted 1.2 percent in April from the previous month, revised upward from a preliminary 1.0 percent growth, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Friday. The index of output at factories and mines stood at 99.3 against the ...

May 17, 2015

Aluminum cans in wider use for canned coffee

Aluminum cans are increasingly being used for canned coffee in Japan, grabbing market share from steel, the conventional material for containers of the ubiquitous beverage. According to data from the Japan Soft Drink Association, the market share of steel cans fell to 45.7 percent ...

China's incredible shrinking factories

| Apr 17, 2015

China's incredible shrinking factories


Eight years ago, Pascal Lighting employed about 2,000 workers on a leafy campus in southern China. Today, the Taiwanese light manufacturer has winnowed its workforce to just 200 and leased most of its space to other companies: lamp workshops, a mobile phone-maker, a logistics ...

Apr 13, 2015

Core machinery orders edge lower amid bleary economic outlook

Japan’s core machinery orders edged down 0.4 percent from a month earlier to ¥835.6 billion in February, the government said Monday, indicating that some companies are reluctant to beef up investment as the economic outlook remains unclear. The private-sector orders, excluding those for ships ...

Sharp mulls ending overseas TV output except for China

Mar 6, 2015

Sharp mulls ending overseas TV output except for China

Sharp Corp. is considering ceasing all overseas production of LCD televisions with the exception of operations in China as it tries to improve the picture for its flickering TV business, sources close to the matter said. The ailing electronics maker has suffered multiple years ...