Prime time in worker-scarce Japan for investing in service robots

Business / Tech | FOCUS Aug 22, 2017

Prime time in worker-scarce Japan for investing in service robots

Faced with their worst labor shortage in decades, Japanese service companies are finally turning to labor-saving technology, an investment that could lift the sector's woeful level of productivity and allow them to raise wages. While the nation's manufacturers are renowned for deploying advanced robotics, most ...

Automated factories can't solve Japan's productivity paradox

Business Apr 26, 2017

Automated factories can't solve Japan's productivity paradox

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has cut the number of workers on its turbocharger production lines west of Tokyo by more than 80 percent, as manufacturers from carmakers to electronics producers push further into automation. Such advances explain why Japan's factory productivity growth ranked highest among Group ...

Millennial movers revive Japanese mountain towns amid depopulation

National Mar 15, 2017

Millennial movers revive Japanese mountain towns amid depopulation

High-speed broadband. An award-winning brewpub built with recycled materials as part of a "zero waste" mission. An artist-in-residence program. Organic pizza from a wood-fired oven. There is new life in the mountains of Tokushima Prefecture, in the neighboring towns of Kamiyama and Kamikatsu, even as ...

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 ...