Jun 24, 2016

Activist short-seller Glaucus ready to take on Japan

Activist short-seller Glaucus Research Group says it’s planning to target Japan Inc. The U.S.-based investor is investigating a couple of Japanese companies and plans to publish reports on them in about four or five weeks, Soren Aandahl, director of research, said in an interview ...

Putin heads to China to cement ties, but obstacles remain

Jun 23, 2016

Putin heads to China to cement ties, but obstacles remain

With President Vladimir Putin heading to China this weekend, officials in both countries extoll a blossoming “strategic partnership” between the two former communist rivals. But despite Moscow’s push to strengthen ties with Beijing amid a bitter strain in relations with the West, Russia-China trade ...

Jun 2, 2016

Japan's firms investing more in ASEAN, skipping China

Japanese investment in Southeast Asia continues to grow because of the region’s potential and low labor costs and amid simmering tensions that have reduced the appeal of China for some businesses. For a third straight year, in 2015 the amount of foreign direct investment ...

Jun 1, 2016

Business investment rose 4.2% in first quarter

Capital spending by Japanese firms climbed 4.2 percent in the January to March period from a year earlier for the 12th straight quarterly increase, but declining profits dampened prospects for business expenditure, government data showed Wednesday. Business investment by all nonfinancial sectors for purposes ...

Jun 1, 2016

Crisis management driving Japan Inc. deals as firms divest

The nation’s companies are targeting mergers and acquisitions abroad as the third-largest economy stagnates, yet it is crisis management that is driving deal volume in the country this year, not international expansion. Announced acquisitions involving Japanese firms as the target or asset seller in ...

May 17, 2016

Japan household savings hit record ¥18 million in 2015

The average savings at households in 2015 rose 0.4 percent to ¥18.05 million, the highest level since officials began compiling comparable data in 2002, the internal affairs ministry said. The balance grew for the third consecutive year, thanks chiefly to a rise in the ...