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Makiko Yamazaki
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 21, 2022
Warren Buffett's Berkshire boosts stakes in Japan's five biggest trading houses
The move is in line with Berkshire's statement in 2020 that its investments in the Japanese trading houses were for the long term and the stakes could rise to 9.9%.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 7, 2022
Fate of Toshiba management causing friction for banks in buyout plan
There is concern preferred bidder JIP's plan to retain Toshiba CEO Taro Shimada and his team could impede the reorganization needed to put the firm on the road to recovery.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 18, 2022
Toshiba's preferred bidder offers less than key ¥6,000 a share, sources say
During a strategic review last year, at least one global private equity firm told Toshiba's review committee that a deal could be done at u00a56,000 a share or more.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 29, 2022
Olympus to sell microscope unit to Bain for $3 billion
In a statement, Olympus said the transfer to Bain would be in its best interest to allow the business to grow with more agile and flexible decision-making based on market needs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 23, 2022
Olympus nearing deal to sell microscope unit for over $2 billion, sources say
Olympus has been restructuring in recent years with the aim of focusing solely on medical technology.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 10, 2022
Toshiba logs surprise quarterly operating loss as costs surge
Chief Financial Officer Masayoshi Hirata told reporters that the conglomerate's first quarterly loss in two years came amid jumps in prices for steel and copper.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 25, 2022
No longer silent, Japan asset managers flex muscle in legacy to Abe
Nikko Asset Management, Asset Management One and others have become distinct voices in Japan's newfound activism, countering foreign criticism of asset managers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 21, 2022
Toshiba narrows buyout bidders to Bain, CVC, Brookfield and Japanese consortium, sources say
The race for what could be the country's biggest buyout deal this year is gathering pace, as the four bidders are now invited to conduct due diligence for several months.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 24, 2022
Japan emphasized hybrids in policy document after lawmaker cited lobbying from Toyota head
The wording changes, which included adding a reference to 'so-called electric-powered vehicles,' appear to put hybrids on equal footing with zero-emission battery vehicles.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 13, 2022
Toshiba receives interest from 10 potential investors
It also announced a special dividend of u00a5160 per share, worth some u00a570 billion, in an apparent effort to placate activist shareholders it has long been at odds with.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 22, 2022
Japan banks target growth in cooling U.S. high-yield debt market
The banks are facing increasing risks and dwindling opportunities, testing their staying power.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Mar 28, 2022
Toshiba gloom offers CEO chance to push forward with digital strategy
Recent votes by shareholders allow Taro Shimada to keep — at least for now — businesses pivotal to his digital strategy that predecessors had planned to sell.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 24, 2022
Toshiba faces unclear future after shareholders knock back two rival proposals
The result of the extraordinary general meeting appears to leave Toshiba with no immediate clear direction.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 6, 2021
Toshiba walked away from potential buyout talks and Brookfield offer
The company's decision to instead split itself in three has widened the gulf between the conglomerate and a number of its hedge fund investors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 13, 2021
Toshiba's No. 2 shareholder calls for resignation of board chair and three directors
The demand comes after an investigation found the company had colluded with the government to pressure foreign investors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Jun 12, 2021
In revolt, four directors call for Toshiba shake-up after explosive probe
The public pushback by the independent directors, all non-Japanese, shows how the old guard of Japan Inc. can no longer exert full control over shareholders.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 14, 2021
Toshiba unit in Europe hit with ransomware; group to undergo strategic review
The attack, by the same hacking group said to be involved in the Colonial Pipeline attack, overshadowed an upbeat profit forecast and a strategic review announcement.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 1, 2021
Little-known fees help Japan's trust banks dominate profitable niche market
Insiders say an 'industry custom' of termination fees keeps profitable business in the hands of a few big trust banks because newcomers balk at the cost.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 31, 2021
No Plan B: Japan's sponsors shelve ads as mood sours over Olympics
Sponsors also worry that organizers have not told them what contingency plans there are in case the pandemic derails the games again this year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 27, 2020
Japan's unorthodox household goods champion rides a pandemic boom
Iris Ohyama has made a name through reasonably priced electronics, and launches more than 1,000 new products a year.

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