Akemi Nakamura
Mar 18, 2003
Iraq question said hurting U.S. auto market
The U.S. automotive industry will remain weak until the uncertainty surrounding the possible war in Iraq is clarified, General Motors Corp. Chairman John Smith Jr. said Monday in Tokyo.
Mar 15, 2003
Japan Inc. plotting its own war survival strategy
Japan Inc. is on high alert.
Mar 14, 2003
MMC, Nissan forge Minicab deal
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will supply its Minicab commercial vehicle to Nissan Motor Co. on an original equipment manufacturing basis, the firms said Thursday.
Japan Times
Mar 13, 2003
Fuel-cell cars now have a place to fill up
Fuel-cell vehicles took a short drive closer to the garage on Wednesday with the opening of a showroom and filling station for experimental FCVs in Yokohama's Tsurumi Ward.
Japan Times
Mar 5, 2003
Honda turns attention to skies
Entering the robot business with its Asimo humanoid, Honda Motor Co. is now trying to advance into a new field with its newly developed engine for small aircraft.
Japan Times
Mar 1, 2003
Rotary-powered RX-8 to hit the streets in April
HIROSHIMA -- It was the technology that created Cosmo Sports, the world's first dual rotary engine car, and shot Mazda Motor Corp. into the global spotlight in 1967.
Japan Times
Feb 25, 2003
Businesses gear up to launch IP phone services
Roused into action by Softbank Corp.'s foray into Internet Protocol telephony last April, major telecommunications carriers and Internet service providers soon plan to launch their own commercial end-to-end IP phone services via broadband lines.
Japan Times
Jan 1, 2003
Okuda offers economic solution: substantially raise sales tax
Hiroshi Okuda, chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren), thinks he has a cure for the sick economy, but consumers aren't likely to enjoy his bitter medicine.
Nov 30, 2002
Nissan hopes Micra compact will be a big hit in Europe
SUNDERLAND, England -- Nissan Motor Co.'s remodeled Micra compact car rolled off the assembly line here Friday with hopes it will help the carmaker further penetrate the competitive European market.
Nov 19, 2002
Questions over industrial revival scheme answered
The government plans to establish an industrial revival mechanism as part of a comprehensive economic package seeking to accelerate the disposal of bad loans.
Japan Times
Nov 13, 2002
Analysts skeptical over 'industrial revival body'
It might work. But probably not.
Japan Times
Nov 4, 2002
America's way not always the best way, economists say
Although U.S. and British-style capitalism has prevailed throughout the world, Japan should fight to preserve the positive aspects of its traditional economic systems, scholars and economists said at a recent seminar in Tokyo.
Sep 28, 2002
State's nuclear policy faces big hurdle: regaining public trust
With the nuclear-hazard coverup scandal continuing to swirl around Tokyo Electric Power Co., two advisory panels set up by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry are stepping up their efforts to douse the controversy.
Sep 6, 2002
Overreliance on U.S. market a gamble
When the United States was hit by terrorist attacks nearly a year ago, the economic fallout was predicted to be a nightmare.
Japan Times
Aug 16, 2002
JETRO eyes networking role
To help revitalize the nation's economy, the Japan External Trade Organization must play a key role in supporting Japanese firms in building business networks in East Asia and invite foreign companies into Japan, the new JETRO chairman said.
Aug 13, 2002
Indian software services firm seeks to defy recession
Despite a prolonged recession in Japan and a language barrier, Wipro Ltd., a major Indian software services firm, is moving aggressively to take a bigger bite of the market here.
Japan Times
Aug 9, 2002
Asian appliance firms seek cracks in Japanese market
Customers shopping for TVs, refrigerators, microwave ovens and other electrical appliances are increasingly likely to come across brand names Galanz, Haier, LG and Samsung, which feature stylish designs and low prices that undercut those of their Japanese rivals.
Jul 9, 2002
Dell turns to consumer market in quest to be No. 3
As the nation's personal computer market shrinks, competition is intensifying, and the Japanese unit of U.S.-based Dell Computer Corp. is becoming a rising force with its low-cost business model.
Japan Times
Jun 25, 2002
U.S. uncertainty threatens Japan recovery: MIT dean
With uncertainty hanging over prospects for the U.S. economy, Japan, despite recent signs of bottoming out, may face difficulties achieving a full-scale recovery, according to a business school dean at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Japan Times
Jun 21, 2002
Big companies demanding better English
Takuya Suzuki has been taking the Test of English for International Communication exams twice a year since he joined electronic parts maker Sumida Corp. two years ago.


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