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Mar 4, 2014

Regional banks face growing pressure to merge

Regulators are increasing the pressure on regional banks to consolidate, worried that shrinking populations outside Japan's major cities will leave lenders too weak to stand on their own. After direct prodding from the head of the Financial Services Agency for the more than 100 regional ...

Feb 18, 2006

Boardroom tussles reflect changes in M&As

The decorum traditionally seen in Japan's mergers and acquisitions has broken down, as hostile takeover attempts have grabbed the spotlight. The latest boardroom row, between Origin Toshu Co. and Don Quijote Co., stems from a Don Quijote bid to acquire Origin shares after the discount ...

Feb 17, 2006

Brokerage business helps lift Rakuten's profit 2.3-fold

Online shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. reported Thursday 2.3-fold growth in its operating profit for calendar 2005 to 34.89 billion yen, buoyed by its stock brokerage business. The firm did not offer an earnings projection for this year, but Chairman Hiroshi Mikitani said he expects ...

Feb 17, 2006

Corporate character goods harness power of 'cute'

A traditional seasoning flies off store shelves after the bottles begin sporting a cartoon panda. A droplet-shaped character turns a little-known manufacturer into a household name. These are just two examples of the magic worked by the corporate character boom that has gripped the nation ...

Feb 16, 2006

Don Quijote shocks Origin by boosting stake to 46%

Don Quijote Co. made a surprise announcement Wednesday that it had acquired a 15.28 percent stake in Origin Toshu Co., refusing to give up its quest for the chain of 24-hour boxed-meal stores. The reversal came after a takeover bid launched by the discount retailer ...

Feb 15, 2006

'Manga' industry worried cyberspace bootleggers may spread

Comic book artists and industry officials expressed concern Tuesday about the potential for illegal distribution on the Internet, pointing to cheap and simple technologies that could spawn homemade bootleg factories. "We don't know yet whether the case is the tip of the iceberg, but there ...

Matsushita, Sony unveil new cameras

Feb 15, 2006

Matsushita, Sony unveil new cameras

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. and Sony Corp. unveiled new digital cameras Tuesday that will go on sale next month in a bid to get out in front of the pack amid intensifying competition. Sold under the Panasonic brand, Matsushita's Lumix FX01 features a 28 mm ...

Feb 14, 2006

Livedoor chief says firm could be sold

Backpedaling from his previous position, Livedoor Co. President Kozo Hiramatsu said Monday the firm is preparing for any eventuality, including possibly selling itself to a willing buyer. The comment, made at a news conference following the indictment of the company, along with founder Takafumi ...

Feb 11, 2006

Asahi taps subsidiary head in bid to keep suds on top

Asahi Breweries Ltd. said Friday it had named Hitoshi Ogita, president of Asahi Soft Drinks Co., to replace President Koichi Ikeda, as the country's top brewer faces growing pressure from rival Kirin Brewery Co. Ikeda, 65, president of Asahi Breweries since 2002, will become chairman ...