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Akemi Nakamura
BUSINESS
Aug 2, 2001
Major Indian software services firm turns gaze toward Japan
The economic slowdown in the United States is pushing a major Indian software services company to diversify into the Japanese market, said Vivek Paul, president of Wipro Technologies.
JAPAN
Jun 14, 2001
Online stores struggle for sales
Five months ago, online supermarket Olive Mart overhauled its business methods for the second time since its launch in May 1999.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2001
Employees encouraged to start ventures
When Noriyuki Ichihashi, an employee of Itochu Corp., proposed his idea to the firm's Internet venture incubation office about a year ago, the trading house was quick to give him the green light. Within a month, the 34-year-old had set up a planning company.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2001
Competition fuels plastic tank firm's quest for market share
As global groupings of carmakers force auto parts makers to intensify domestic competition, Inergy Automotive Systems SA, a French plastic fuel-tank maker, is gearing up to take a larger bite of the fuel tank market in Japan with its advanced technology and worldwide activities.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2001
Major retailers strive to form new identity
One of the most popular areas on the food floor at Isetan's Tachikawa branch offers not groceries, but quick recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
JAPAN
Apr 29, 2001
Technology obscuring Japan's culture, calligrapher believes
For many contemporary Japanese -- both children and adults alike -- everyday life is becoming unthinkable without personal computers and cellular phones.
JAPAN
Apr 5, 2001
Postwar corporate model shed in quest for success
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., known for its Panasonic brand, embarked this month on a drastic reform of its groupwide business by gradually dismantling its "business unit" system, established by founder Konosuke Matsushita.
JAPAN
Mar 21, 2001
Used appliance shops seeing silver lining
The coming introduction of the appliance recycling law will put extra financial burdens both on consumers and manufacturers.
JAPAN / GREENING PAINS
Mar 20, 2001
New appliance recycling plan poses question of where the buck stops
With the Home Appliances Recycling Law coming into effect April 1, Japan is taking a significant step in changing its waste disposal policy from burying discarded appliances to recycling as much as possible.
BUSINESS
Mar 1, 2001
French firms profiting from Japan
For many Japanese, France has long represented wine and fashion. That image, however, is changing with French companies in other business fields increasing their presence in Japan.
BUSINESS
Feb 15, 2001
Japan carmakers bite deeper into Europe
VALENCIENNES, France -- After securing a firm footing in the U.S., Toyota Motor Corp. is now gearing up its European operations in a bid to bite deeper into the world's second-largest market.
BUSINESS
Feb 1, 2001
Phyto Lierac targets Japanese pursuit of beauty
Numerous aesthetic salons, fitness clubs and magazines featuring makeup techniques provide steadfast evidence of how seriously Japanese women, regardless of their age, take the pursuit of physical beauty.
BUSINESS
Feb 1, 2001
New French plant aims to build up Toyota's Europe presence
VALENCIENNES, France -- Toyota Motor Corp., Japan's largest automaker, started manufacturing the Yaris compact model at its first plant in France here on Wednesday, part of the company's efforts to increase its presence in Europe.
BUSINESS
Feb 1, 2001
New French plant aims to build up Toyota's Europe presence
VALENCIENNES, France -- Toyota Motor Corp., Japan's largest automaker, started manufacturing the Yaris compact model at its first plant in France here on Wednesday, part of the company's efforts to increase its presence in Europe.
BUSINESS
Jan 3, 2001
Virtual marketplace moves next door
Stop by a neighborhood liquor shop a few months from now and chances are it will offer TVs, refrigerators and thousands of other items for either home delivery or later on-the-spot pickup.
BUSINESS
Dec 30, 2000
Haggling, fast turnover key to new fashion market
Young women browse through vogue clothes, leather jackets, accessories, wigs and colorful lingerie displayed at about 50 booths in Tondemun Sijan, a new fashion market in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.
BUSINESS
Dec 21, 2000
Japan reform said key to Asian prosperity
Now that the United States has started showing signs of economic slowdown, business leaders in the Asia-Pacific region expect Japan to expedite full economic recovery and become an engine to ensure continued prosperity in the region, according to an American international business expert.
BUSINESS
Dec 14, 2000
Japan set for B2B e-commerce explosion
Japan's business-to-business e-commerce market will grow faster than expected and develop in a unique way, according to Joseph Kim, president and chief executive officer of ICG Japan K.K. ICGJ provides financial and operational support to companies engaged in the B2B market.
BUSINESS
Dec 7, 2000
Retail chains under siege
Conventional Japanese supermarket chains, which are suffering dwindling sales and being cold-shouldered by consumers, will be dealt another blow with the advance of foreign retail giants wielding aggressive business plans into the Japanese market.
JAPAN
Sep 18, 2000
Quick economic steps said crucial
The need for Japan and other Asian countries to make quick decisions on economic policies is growing in step with the pace of economic globalization, according to Thomas Donohue, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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