Aug 4, 2015

Major Japanese firms post robust profit growth in April-June

Major Japanese firms posted robust year-on-year profit rises in the April-June quarter due to the yen’s decline, an oil price plunge and fading adverse effects of the consumption tax hike in April 2014, according to data compiled by a major brokerage. The combined pretax ...

Aug 6, 2014

Major firms to boost capital spending in Japan by 15% this year

Major firms plan to boost capital spending at home by 15.1 percent this business year, according to a recent survey. Domestic corporate capital expenditure is set to expand for the third straight year and outpace the fiscal 2013 growth of 3.0 percent, reflecting expectations ...

Goldman's Japan M&A chief sees hunger for more deals

Jul 9, 2014

Goldman's Japan M&A chief sees hunger for more deals


When a 210-year-old vinegar company bought Unilever’s Ragu and Bertolli pasta sauce business last month, it showed that Japanese firms are becoming more adventurous in their search for growth, said Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s national head of mergers and acquisitions. “Japan M&A is breaking ...

Jun 20, 2014

Foreigners set record for shares

Foreign investors owned a record 30.8 percent of listed companies’ shares at the end of fiscal 2013, up 2.8 points from a year before, according to stock exchange data. The percentage of shares held by foreigners hit a record high for the second year ...

Mar 5, 2014

Ukraine crisis worries firms tied to Russia

Companies with business ties to Russia are concerned about the crisis in Ukraine at a time when Japan has become more dependent on Russia, mainly in imports of natural resources such as crude oil and liquefied natural gas. Some energy-related firms and automakers have ...

Oct 20, 2013

Firms hiring more foreign students

Japanese companies surveyed are increasingly looking to hire foreign students from China, South Korea and other Asian countries despite the less-than-rosy political relationships.

Jun 2, 2013

Database for female executives

The government wrongly assumes that creating a database of successful women for companies searching for executives will somehow benefit all female workers.