National Apr 15, 2003

Ishihara has novel ideas for new term

Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara suggested Monday that municipal government employees might be able to lend police a helping hand as a way to strengthen security in the capital. "If police cannot increase their manpower immediately, I intend to lend them employees of the Tokyo Metropolitan ...

Top patent attorney pursuing new policy

National Apr 5, 2003

Top patent attorney pursuing new policy

As companies pursue technological progress and develop value-added products, patent attorneys must keep up with the advances and meet the demands of corporate customers, according to Sumiko Shimosaka, new president of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association. "We want to respond to corporate needs by sending ...

Focus on cheaper premiums pays off for AFLAC

Business Jan 10, 2003

Focus on cheaper premiums pays off for AFLAC

Consumers going after cheaper products do little to help the nation's deflation woes and usually end up hurting companies in the form of declining sales revenues. But this is not necessarily the case in the insurance business, where it can actually spur sales growth. Consumers are ...

Asia emerging as economic dynamo, WEF says

Business Nov 26, 2002

Asia emerging as economic dynamo, WEF says

As Japan remains trapped in its bad-loan mess and Southeast Asia struggles to regain competitiveness after a regionwide financial crisis five years ago, China may appear to be the only bright spot in Asia. But according to Frank-Jurgen Richter, director in charge of Asia at ...

Price is right for 'carbon fund' investments now

National Nov 9, 2002

Price is right for 'carbon fund' investments now

It would be wise for Japanese firms to invest in so-called carbon funds soon so they can meet greenhouse gas emissions targets more cheaply and on schedule, according to Ken Newcombe, manager of one such fund run by the World Bank. The international institution opened ...

Business Sep 27, 2002

Japan may be spared G7 wrath

For once, Japan may not be singled out for lagging behind when finance ministers and central bank chiefs of the Group of Seven economic powers get together Friday to discuss global trends. The G7 meeting, in Washington, will be held as share prices around the ...

Tax Commission head skeptical of Koizumi tax cuts

Business Aug 15, 2002

Tax Commission head skeptical of Koizumi tax cuts

While Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is gearing up for tax cuts he hopes will boost the fragile economy, the head of his advisory panel is not shy about expressing skepticism about their effectiveness. Because of the modest size of the proposed tax cuts, along with ...

Japanese firms fight back against Chinese copies

National | CLOSE NEIGHBORS Aug 10, 2002

Japanese firms fight back against Chinese copies

A Panasonic CD player, Sony headphones, Toshiba batteries. An extensive array of well-known, Japanese-made products is displayed at an office in Beijing, giving the impression that they are designed to promote imports. The truth, however, is the opposite. The 100 products on display, ranging from electronic ...