Jun 11, 2016

Japan mulling cut in minimum interest on 'zaito' fiscal loans

The Finance Ministry is considering cutting the minimum interest rate on its lending for infrastructure and other major projects under the zaito fiscal investment and loan program, according to officials. The move comes amid falling interest rates following the Bank of Japan’s introduction of ...

May 18, 2016

Sony invests in U.S. artificial intelligence venture

Sony Corp. said Wednesday it has invested in U.S. artificial intelligence startup Cogitai, aiming to develop new AI technologies and release products within the next three years. Sony is believed to have obtained a roughly 20 percent stake in the company that was founded ...

A Tokyo stock picker watches his nation age

May 11, 2016

A Tokyo stock picker watches his nation age

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It’s an early weekday morning in Tokyo and the Japanese pub is already filled with a boisterous clientele, mostly pensioners. Sitting among them is Kengo Kuzuhara, taking notes. The 41-year-old wants to know how his elders spend their cash, as he runs a stock ...

May 11, 2016

Tokio Marine to up stake in Vietnamese insurer to 51%

Tokio Marine Holdings Inc. announced Wednesday that it will raise its equity stake in Vietnam’s Bao Viet Tokio Marine Insurance Co. to 51 percent from 49 percent. The company said it has reached a definitive agreement with Vietnam’s largest insurance group to buy the ...

Kishida reaffirms economic focus on Thailand

May 2, 2016

Kishida reaffirms economic focus on Thailand

Japan will launch a new initiative to support economic development in nations along the Mekong corridor, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday. It will form part of ¥750 billion in Japanese aid to the region over three years, announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ...