Akemi Nakamura
Dec 17, 2003
MMC, Chrysler to team up on pickup
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. announced Tuesday it will jointly develop and manufacture a midsize pickup truck for the North American market with the Chrysler Group of German-American automotive giant DaimlerChrysler AG.
Japan Times
Dec 4, 2003
Game-console makers cut prices ahead of yearend showdown
Makers of video game consoles are gearing up for the all-important yearend shopping season.
Dec 2, 2003
Contest gets kids to use cell phones for school projects
High school students have found that camera-integrated mobile phones are not only good for exchanging e-mail messages and snapshots but also for carrying out their school projects.
Nov 21, 2003
Isuzu improves but Nissan Diesel bleeds more red
Two truck makers saw their consolidated earnings go in opposite directions in the first half of fiscal 2003, with Isuzu Motors Ltd. returning to profitability and Nissan Diesel Motor Co. widening losses.
Nov 19, 2003
Japan Telecom Holdings sees red
Japan Telecom Holdings Co. sank into the red in the fiscal first half of 2003 due to share evaluation losses related to the sale of its land-line telephone service unit Japan Telecom Co.
Nov 18, 2003
Fuji Heavy reports 50% decline in operating profit
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. said Monday its consolidated operating profit in the first half of fiscal 2003 tumbled 50.4 percent from the same period last year to 18.31 billion yen.
Nov 15, 2003
Business lobby pursues foreign workforce boost
The Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren) said Friday that foreign workers should be allowed to stay longer in Japan and that the government should establish a green card system in a bid to increase the foreign workforce here.
Japan Times
Nov 7, 2003
Cutting costs helps Mazda double profit
Mazda Motor Corp. said Thursday its consolidated net profit in the first half of fiscal 2003 doubled from a year earlier to 11.15 billion yen.
Nov 6, 2003
Toyota enjoys record first half
Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday its group net profit logged a year-on-year surge of 23 percent in the first half, hitting a best-ever 524.46 billion yen, on record sales.
Oct 31, 2003
KDDI profit up 320% to 86 billion yen
KDDI Corp. said Thursday its group net profit for the first half soared 320 percent from a year earlier to 85.86 billion yen.
Oct 29, 2003
Honda profit down in first half as yen, operating costs rise
Honda Motor Co. said Tuesday its consolidated operating profit fell 6.8 percent to 301.87 billion yen during the fiscal first half, marking the first year-on-year decrease in three years.
Oct 28, 2003
Daihatsu first-half net profit almost triples to 3.8 billion yen
Daihatsu Motor Co. said Monday its consolidated net profit nearly tripled to 3.78 billion yen in the first half of fiscal 2003 from the previous year.
Oct 25, 2003
Auto giants increase production in first half
Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. increased global vehicle production in the first half of fiscal 2003 to meet growing overseas demand.
Oct 24, 2003
Nissan, Renault say alliance is producing results
MAKUHARI, Chiba Pref. -- Nissan Motor Co. and French automaker Renault SA are reaping the benefits of their partnership in technological development and businesses in overseas markets, officials of the two companies said Thursday.
Japan Times
Oct 23, 2003
37th Tokyo Motor Show revs up for the media
MAKUHARI, Chiba Pref. -- The 37th Tokyo Motor Show opened to the media Wednesday at the Makuhari Messe convention center, showcasing futuristic, environmentally friendly and concept vehicles, motorcycles and the latest technology.
Japan Times
Oct 23, 2003
Ford sees Mazda as key to energizing worldwide operations
MAKUHARI, Chiba Pref. -- Ford Motor Co., which has suffered losses the past two years, said Wednesday it will take advantage of its Japanese partner, Mazda Motor Corp., to bolster its global presence.
Oct 22, 2003
Auto firms hope Tokyo Motor Show can kick-start demand
The 37th Tokyo Motor Show opens to the public Saturday in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture, and the auto industry hopes the 12-day event will help stimulate the Japanese market.
Japan Times
Oct 21, 2003
GM chasing bigger slice of Asia mart
General Motors Corp. wants a bigger piece of rapidly growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region and will strongly promote cooperation with its three Japanese partners, a top GM executive said Monday in Tokyo.
Oct 17, 2003
Nissan poised to report record operating profit
Nissan Motor Co. said Thursday it expects to report a record consolidated operating profit of 401.1 billion yen for the first half of fiscal 2003, up 15.2 percent from the same period last year.
Oct 15, 2003
37th Tokyo Motor Show to feature hybrid, concept cars
Concept models of advanced hydrogen-powered vehicles and gasoline-electric hybrid cars are expected to dazzle visitors to the 37th Tokyo Motor Show beginning Oct. 25, Japanese carmakers said Tuesday.


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