Cherry blossom fever boosts companies' bottom lines

Business Mar 24, 2017

Cherry blossom fever boosts companies' bottom lines

Every spring people across Japan are enraptured as the cherry trees explode into bloom, clothing the country in pink. The blossoms last for only a few short weeks, but in that time the fleeting flowers make for good business. The blossoms are a gift to ...

Corporate Japan stacks up cash, skimps on pay raises

Business / Economy Feb 22, 2017

Corporate Japan stacks up cash, skimps on pay raises

With profits soaring, Japanese companies' record-breaking cash pile rises ever higher. That's bad news for the economy, which is relying on exports to sustain a modest recovery as consumers struggle with stagnant wages. The country's biggest economic problem is too much income flowing to companies, ...

Rural Japan's folk traditions fading as residents age

National Feb 9, 2017

Rural Japan's folk traditions fading as residents age

Traditions die hard in the small mountain town of Kanegasaki, whose history includes a series of battles nearly 1,000 years ago that drove an ancestor of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to leave the area for southern Japan. But as Japan ages and rural towns face ...

Ex-economy chief Amari feels Trump misunderstands TPP

National / Politics Jan 24, 2017

Ex-economy chief Amari feels Trump misunderstands TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which U.S. President Donald Trump backed his country out of on Monday, is actually the best way to achieve the fair trade in Asia that he promised American voters, former Japanese economy minister Akira Amari has said. A ratified TPP ...