National 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

Business 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 ...

Business 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 ...

Business 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 ...

Business Feb 10, 2006

Livedoor units poised to jump ship

Like rats fleeing the sinking ship, Livedoor Co. subsidiaries moved closer to severing ties with their beleaguered parent Thursday, aggravating its bid to recover under new President Kozo Hiramatsu. Used-car dealer Livedoor Auto Co. said Thursday its board decided to terminate its capital and operational ...

Premium beers carve market niche

Business Feb 10, 2006

Premium beers carve market niche

Breweries have watched beer drinkers defect to cheaper brews in recent years, but now they are beginning to see a small but growing group of consumers willing to pay more for premium beers. Sapporo Breweries Ltd. said Thursday it will release a limited batch of ...

Suntory revives nostalgic blend for retiring baby boomers

Business Feb 8, 2006

Suntory revives nostalgic blend for retiring baby boomers

For businesses from banks to high-end stereo makers, the expected mass retirement of the baby boomer generation beginning next year represents the birth of a huge consumer base with relatively deep pockets and a lot of free time. Born in the immediate aftermath of World ...

Business Feb 4, 2006

TSE studies simplifying minimum trade rules

Distressed by a recent streak of huge erroneous orders, the Tokyo Stock Exchange has begun to study the possibility of streamlining the seven kinds of minimum trading units currently allowed for shares on the bourse. But several obstacles lie ahead, including persuading issuing companies to ...

Business Feb 3, 2006

Matsushita profits up 39% despite heater fiasco

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. said Thursday robust sales of plasma display panel TVs and digital cameras boosted its earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2005, raising its net profit by 39 percent to 49.3 billion yen. Given the strong results, the Osaka-based consumer electronics ...

New games bring more people to video consoles

Business Feb 3, 2006

New games bring more people to video consoles

There may be no monsters to slay or racing cars to spin, but new video games that claim to stimulate the brain or translate languages are being snapped up by a new crowd of gamers. The people snapping up these games often have never touched ...