Sentiment for big corporations turns positive in July-September

Sep 11, 2015

Sentiment for big corporations turns positive in July-September

Business sentiment for major companies turned positive for the first time in two quarters in July-September, thanks primarily to a recovery by manufacturers such as automakers, a government survey showed Friday. The business sentiment index for companies with capital of ¥1 billion or more ...

Ambition and ego: Inside Nagamori's Nidec

Jul 17, 2015

Ambition and ego: Inside Nagamori's Nidec

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Ambition matters more than brains in Shigenobu Nagamori’s world. As chief executive officer of Japanese motor maker Nidec, Nagamori is known for his eccentric management style. Prospective employees have faced off against each other in eating and shouting competitions; new hires at headquarters in ...

Jun 9, 2015

Japan manufacturers lagging in use of IT, report says

Japan’s manufacturing sector is lagging behind other countries in utilizing information technology, according to an annual government report that called for improvements. The report, released Tuesday, also urged the industry, which accounts for some 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, to take ...

Apr 21, 2014

Firms shifting production back to Japan

Manufacturers appear to be moving production back to Japan while the yen remains weak and labor costs rise abroad. If the trend results in an increase in domestic capital spending, it will benefit the economy, which is taking a blow from the first stage ...

Jan 31, 2014

Firms that made No. 1 plant sued


Some 1,400 people file a joint lawsuit against three companies that manufactured the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, saying they should be financially liable for damage caused by its 2011 meltdowns.

Jan 30, 2014

Fukoku also warns of wilting yen

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s weakening of the yen through stimulus measures may be in danger of becoming too much of a good thing, according to Fukoku Capital Management Inc. “There’s the potential for a bad kind of yen depreciation if the Bank of Japan ...

Jan 30, 2014

Japan Inc. profit boom masks fading export gains from yen

Soaring profits among Japanese manufacturers are masking weakness in exports as the yen’s slide against the dollar fails to deliver the boost seen after previous bouts of currency depreciation. Export volumes fell 1.5 percent in 2013 from the previous year, Finance Ministry data show, ...

Outlook for industrial production improves on domestic demand

Oct 30, 2013

Outlook for industrial production improves on domestic demand

Manufacturers forecast the biggest jump in industrial production in more than two years this month as domestic demand strengthens, adding to signs that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can drive a sustained recovery. Output is projected to rise 4.7 percent from September, the Ministry of ...