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

by Takahiko Hyuga

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.

May 31, 2009

Necessary evil in dangerous times

The May 15 AP article “Britain overzealous in terrorism arrests” was critical of the fact that Britons of South Asian descent are more likely to be detained in antiterrorism raids than any other ethnic groups. I agree that this is unfortunate and discriminatory, but ...