Akemi Nakamura
Jul 25, 2003
Keidanren chief seeks reform ideas
OYAMA, Shizuoka Pref. -- Business leaders should take the initiative in pushing structural reforms aimed at reinvigorating the stagnant economy, Hiroshi Okuda, chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren), said Thursday.
Japan Times
Jul 25, 2003
Rainy season pours cold water on recovery
The rain clouds hovering over most of Japan are not just drenching people -- they are also blighting the earnings outlook for corporate Japan.
Japan Times
Jul 23, 2003
Top lobby set to restart party donations
The Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren) hopes to restore its political influence by encouraging member firms to pay donations to parties and by evaluating how the parties measure up.
Jul 19, 2003
Honda looks to shape brighter future by remodeling the past
Honda Motor Co. hopes to recover from a slump in domestic car sales by launching redesigned models of popular vehicles, according to Honda President Takeo Fukui.
Japan Times
Jun 27, 2003
Nissan enters luxury minivan fray with remodeled Presage
Nissan Motor Co. said Thursday it will debut a remodeled version of the Presage luxury minivan on the domestic market July 24 in a bid to win the intensifying competition in that vehicle category.
Jun 24, 2003
Suzuki cars to use Nissan wireless info terminals
Suzuki Motor Corp. will install wireless information terminals made by Nissan Motor Co. in some of its cars this fall, the firms said Monday.
Japan Times
Jun 19, 2003
Honda says new car will prevent accidents
Honda Motor Co. unveiled a luxury sedan Wednesday equipped with what the carmaker boasts as the world's first precrash safety system using automatic braking and radar.
Jun 17, 2003
Toyota network to assess cars' environmental impact
In response to mounting pressure on industries to cope with environmental problems, Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will introduce an environment-assessment system in 2004 to produce cleaner vehicles.
Japan Times
Jun 14, 2003
Domestic auto retailers revamping sales channels
Domestic automobile retailers find themselves in a state of flux as intensified competition due to structural and demographic changes in the market lead many Japanese automakers to revamp their sales networks.
Jun 13, 2003
Nissan to raise auto output in China fourfold
Nissan Motor Co. said Thursday it will increase its annual production capacity of cars in China to as much as 270,000 units in 2004, up from 60,000 at present.
Jun 5, 2003
Koizumi earns passing grade for structural reform drive
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi needs to accelerate the speed of structural reforms if he wants to get a better grade for his handling of the economy, the leader of a major business group said Wednesday.
Jun 3, 2003
Trucks, large autos lead rise in domestic car sales
Domestic sales of new cars, trucks and buses in May rose 2.3 percent from the same month last year to 291,363 units, logging the first increase in two months, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said Monday.
May 28, 2003
Cell-phone sales push Japan Telecom into black
Japan Telecom Holdings Co., a subsidiary of Britain's Vodafone Group PLC, said Tuesday it swung back to the black in the year through March 31, thanks in part to brisk revenues from its mobile-phone business.
May 27, 2003
Japan carmakers' banner year not likely to repeat
Restructuring efforts and strong sales in the United States helped the five major Japanese automakers record drastically higher profits in the year through March 31.
May 24, 2003
Fuji Heavy banking on new Legacy
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., which makes Subaru vehicles, launched a remodeled Legacy wagon on the domestic market Friday, hoping the key product will reinvigorate the carmaker's sluggish sales.
May 21, 2003
Suzuki Motor records 20% sales increase
Suzuki Motor Corp., the nation's top minivehicle maker, on Tuesday reported record group sales of 2.02 trillion yen for fiscal 2002, up 20.8 percent from the previous year.
May 20, 2003
Nissan units plan establishment of light-truck venture
Nissan Motor Co. and Nissan Diesel Motor Co. will set up a joint venture this fall to develop light trucks as part of their efforts to attain a bigger share of the global truck market, the automakers said Monday.
May 14, 2003
NTT back in the black but sales on the slide
NTT Corp. on Tuesday reported a consolidated net profit of 233.36 billion yen for the business year to March 31, marking a dramatic turnaround from its 834.67 billion yen group net loss in fiscal 2001.
May 13, 2003
Nippon Keidanren to back political donations
The Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren) said Monday it will resume coordinating political donations from member companies and associations beginning next year.
May 9, 2003
Toyota Motor logs third straight year of record earnings
Toyota Motor Corp. continued to perform strongly in fiscal 2002, setting new sales and profit highs for the third consecutive year, the nation's leading automaker said Thursday.


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