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Panasonic eyes return to growth track in fiscal 2017

Business / Corporate May 30, 2017

Panasonic eyes return to growth track in fiscal 2017

Panasonic on Tuesday laid out its business strategy for fiscal 2017, seeking to return to a growth track by shoring up its home appliance and solutions businesses while pumping cash into high-potential automotive parts. The electronics maker expects operating profit in its solutions unit, which ...

TPP chief negotiators to meet in Japan in mid-July

Business May 30, 2017

TPP chief negotiators to meet in Japan in mid-July

The chief negotiators of 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries plan to meet on or around July 11 in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, to discuss the future of the free trade deal without the United States, according to a source close to the matter. The planned meeting comes ...

Robots may help defuse demographic time bomb in Japan and Germany

Business / Economy May 30, 2017

Robots may help defuse demographic time bomb in Japan and Germany

Japan and Germany may be sitting on a ticking demographic time bomb where aging populations begin to drag down economic growth. Good thing they're also prime candidates for robot revolutions. Increased automation and more use of robotic technology in these manufacturing powerhouses could help cushion ...

Abe adviser Ito touts minimum wage hike, taxing cash hoards

Business May 30, 2017

Abe adviser Ito touts minimum wage hike, taxing cash hoards

Targeted measures to push Japanese wages and inflation higher should be used instead of deploying additional monetary or fiscal stimulus, according to Takatoshi Ito, an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The tight labor market is bringing long-awaited pay increases to some workers, but the ...

A Leiter shade of New York

Art May 30, 2017

A Leiter shade of New York

by John L. Tran

Mix up Miles Davis, some French post-impressionism, Max Ernst, haiku by Matsuo Basho, experimental scores of Morton Feldman, Cubism, Utamaro shunga (erotic art) and Hokusai ukiyo-e, plus some Norman Rockwell, Mark Rothko and Franz Kline. Steep for 60-odd years. Saul Leiter's work is all ...

Finding the drama without words

Stage May 30, 2017

Finding the drama without words

by Nobuko Tanaka

"Not everything can be explained in words. Everyone draws a different nuance from the word 'love,' for example," says 50-year-old Shuji Onodera. "Yet through dance I've discovered a special beauty beyond words." Onodera, a leading mime artist and director, is talking about the language of ...

Venezuela eliminates Japan at Under-20 World Cup

Soccer May 30, 2017

Venezuela eliminates Japan at Under-20 World Cup

Japan's Under-20 World Cup campaign came to a halt in the round of 16 in a 1-0 loss to Venezuela after extra time on Wednesday. Captain Yangel Herrera scored the lone goal of an unrelenting match in the second half of extra time for Venezuela, ...