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Akemi Nakamura
BUSINESS
Oct 11, 2003
Honda fuel cell can start at subzero temperatures
Honda Motor Co. said Friday that it has developed a fuel-cell power generator, known as a stack, that enables a hydrogen-powered vehicle to start up at temperatures below freezing.
BUSINESS
Oct 7, 2003
Fuji Heavy unveils powerful hybrid engine
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. unveiled a new gasoline-electric hybrid engine equipped with a more powerful motor at a technology workshop held Monday by the General Motors Corp. group in Tokyo.
BUSINESS
Oct 2, 2003
Vodafone chief looks for more subscribers
Vodafone President Darryl Green said Wednesday the company will take aggressive measures to increase the number of its mobile phone service subscribers.
BUSINESS
Oct 2, 2003
Ripplewood names Japan Telecom board
Ripplewood Holdings LLC announced Wednesday it has nominated four businessmen, including two former executives of U.S. telecom firm Sprint Corp., for Japan Telecom Co.'s board of directors.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 1, 2003
Exhaust curbs to sting truck operators
Hideaki Tsuchiya's small trucking firm in Tokyo's Meguro Ward faced a major headache earlier this year: Five of his 20 trucks did not meet new exhaust regulations that take effect in the metropolis Wednesday.
BUSINESS
Oct 1, 2003
Nissan Diesel restructuring plan calls for bailout worth 106 billion yen
Struggling truck maker Nissan Diesel Motor Co. announced Tuesday a new restructuring plan that calls on Nissan Motor Co. and its three main banks to provide a 106 billion yen bailout.
BUSINESS
Sep 30, 2003
Toyota launches minivan in bid for new customers
Toyota Motor Corp., hoping to carve a bigger share out of the expanding minivan market, on Monday released the new Sienta minivan in Japan.
BUSINESS
Sep 26, 2003
Business lobby looks to guide party donors
The Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren) unveiled a 10-point policy priority list Thursday for member firms to use to gauge how political parties pursue reforms, including a corporate tax cut and consumption tax hike.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / CABINET INTERVIEW
Sep 25, 2003
Aso questions Koizumi's timetable to privatize postal services entity
New home affairs minister Taro Aso expressed skepticism Wednesday over the timetable put forward by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to privatize the postal services entity.
BUSINESS
Sep 23, 2003
Big business groups expect Cabinet to produce
Leaders of the nation's three major business groups on Monday welcomed the new Cabinet of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, expressing their hope for accelerating structural reforms.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 17, 2003
New Mazda chief sets sights on U.S., China
Mazda Motor Corp. is gearing up to gain ground on rivals, especially in the United States and China, according to President Hisakazu Imaki.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 5, 2003
Carmakers aim for 'greater safety performance'
The catchphrase among Japanese automakers these days is "greater safety performance."
BUSINESS
Sep 2, 2003
Toyota puts new Prius hybrid on sale
Toyota Motor Corp. launched a redesigned Prius in Japan on Monday as part of a drive to spearhead the development of environmentally friendly technology.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 19, 2003
Online games offer users chance to communicate, slay dragons
In the medieval kingdom of Aden, thousands of princes, princesses, knights, elves and wizards hunt monsters and dragons and battle to take over each other's fortresses.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / INTERNATIONAL RATIONALE
Aug 15, 2003
Manufacturers shifting output abroad to compete -- at a cost
Honda makes cars in Thailand and imports them to Japan. Toyota produces pickup trucks in South Africa and Argentina.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 8, 2003
DoCoMo satisfied with profit in April-June term
NTT DoCoMo Inc. posted a group net profit of 196.82 billion yen for the April-June quarter on sales of 1.25 trillion yen, company officials said Thursday.
BUSINESS
Aug 6, 2003
Toyota profit down 9.7% year-on-year for quarter
Toyota Motor Corp. reported a consolidated net profit of 222.59 billion yen in the April-June quarter, down 9.7 percent from the same period last year.
BUSINESS
Jul 30, 2003
Honda saw net profit fall 5.4% in first quarter
Honda Motor Co. reported a consolidated net profit of 101.82 billion yen in the April-June quarter, down 5.4 percent from the same period last year, company officials said Monday.
BUSINESS
Jul 29, 2003
Carmakers see rise in global output
Japan's five major carmakers all increased global production in the January-June period, supported by strong overseas demand, according to reports released Monday by the firms.
BUSINESS
Jul 26, 2003
Keidanren to draft donation outline by end of September
OYAMA, Shizuoka Pref. -- The Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren) will draw up an outline by the end of September detailing how to proceed with its new system for promoting political donations, Chairman Hiroshi Okuda said Friday.

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