| Jan 29, 2015

Carmakers face rosy quarter as commodity prices slump

Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. are benefiting from a decline in the price of commodities like steel and rubber, which will make it cheaper to produce cars and give an extra boost to profits. Seven analysts who cover the industry said in ...

Jan 6, 2015

China replaces rare earth quotas with export permits

China has instituted a system of export permits for rare earth metals, used in high-tech goods such as mobile phones, the government said, with state-run media describing the move as an abolition of export quotas. China accounts for over 90 percent of global production ...

Imports declined in November on plunging crude oil prices

Dec 17, 2014

Imports declined in November on plunging crude oil prices

Imports dropped 1.7 percent in November from the year before to ¥7.08 trillion, declining for the first time in three months as crude oil prices plunged across the globe, government data showed Wednesday. The balance in goods trade remained in the red for the ...

Sagging yen saps South Korean export muscle

| Nov 23, 2014

Sagging yen saps South Korean export muscle

by Jung Ha-Won

As Japan slips into recession, South Korea is keeping an increasingly wary eye on its export rival’s free-falling currency, which is honing a lasting competitive edge over Korean products in a number of key markets. The massive fiscal stimulus and flood of easy money ...

October trade deficit narrows on 10% surge in exports

Nov 20, 2014

October trade deficit narrows on 10% surge in exports

The trade deficit narrowed sharply in October, data showed Thursday, as a weaker yen boosted exports while lower oil prices brought down Japan’s massive energy bill. The figures marked a bright spot among otherwise gloomy recent data, including GDP figures earlier this week that ...

Japan recession will hurt some U.S. companies

Nov 19, 2014

Japan recession will hurt some U.S. companies

Japan’s slip back into a recession for the second time in two years could mean more trouble for a range of U.S. companies and industries that count on the country for sales. Best known as an exporter of cars, gadgets and comic books, Japan ...

Japanese promoters give Brussels a taste of 'wagyu' beef

Nov 11, 2014

Japanese promoters give Brussels a taste of 'wagyu' beef

Japanese meat industry officials held an event in Brussels on Monday to promote Japanese “wagyu” beef in Europe. With exports of wagyu from Japan to the European Union starting last June, the officials are hoping the event will enhance consumer and industry recognition of ...