'Temp' protests warp face of egalitarian Japan Inc.

Business Feb 27, 2009

'Temp' protests warp face of egalitarian Japan Inc.

Fired engine plant worker Kouichirou Fukudome shouts slogans with dozens of protesters outside truck maker Isuzu's towering headquarters, all demanding they get their jobs back. Once unheard-of in Japan, such protests are becoming more common as thousands of "temporary" workers — who often had steady ...

Firms warming to work-sharing

National Feb 25, 2009

Firms warming to work-sharing

Yasuo Igarashi spends a lot of time these days on the jungle gym with his daughter, after his employer joined the growing ranks of companies adopting work-sharing to ride out the global slump. Common in parts of Europe, work-sharing means slashing employees' pay and hours ...

Cars no longer coveted by young

National Jan 4, 2009

Cars no longer coveted by young

To get around the city, Yutaka Makino hops on his skateboard or takes the trains. Does he dream of the day when he owns his own car? Not a chance. Like many Japanese of his generation, the 28-year-old musician and part-time maintenance worker says owning ...

Panasonic's takeover of Sanyo all about green technology

Business Nov 19, 2008

Panasonic's takeover of Sanyo all about green technology

Panasonic Corp.'s plans to take over rival Sanyo Electric Co. would create the world's second-largest electronics maker. But Panasonic already has plenty of gadgets. Instead, the crown jewels Panasonic wants from Sanyo are green. The ability to acquire Sanyo's two green-energy pillars, solar-cell technology and ...

National Nov 8, 2008

H&M new darling of Tokyo fashion scene

Hennes & Mauritz, which drew long lines with its first Japan store, is hoping to repeat that success by opening a second shop Saturday with collaborative designs from fashion icon Rei Kawakubo. The Swedish clothing retail chain, which operates 1,700 shops in 32 markets, used ...

Business Oct 16, 2008

Political merit seen in forex-tapped rescues

Flush with cash after crawling out of its own bad-debt crisis, Japan is offering funding to help prop up crumbling financial firms around the world — a move that some hope may bolster this nation's standing on the international stage. "We must take the lead ...

Experts back idea of public bailout in U.S.

Business Oct 4, 2008

Experts back idea of public bailout in U.S.

Painful as it may be, acting swiftly to tackle the U.S. financial crisis with a public bailout is the right move — and perhaps the chief lesson from Japan's bad debt debacle of the 1990s, economists and politicians here say. Japan waited too long — ...

Koike's campaign stands for change, not just top job

National Sep 21, 2008

Koike's campaign stands for change, not just top job

Even as a long shot candidate for prime minister, Yuriko Koike is making waves in Japan, where women in high places remain rare. The 56-year-old former defense minister is the first woman to run for president of the ruling party. The president is all but ...

WWE's U.S.-style rassling brings pay-per-view mat dramas here

National Sep 13, 2008

WWE's U.S.-style rassling brings pay-per-view mat dramas here

Posing proudly for a snapshot with a glittery championship belt, Seigi Nishiyama was among some 600 wrestling fans packed into a Tokyo theater who can't get enough of World Wrestling Entertainment. "The stories are so much more detailed compared with Japanese wrestling — it's like ...

Risk-averse telecoms stifling innovation: Natsuno

Business Aug 23, 2008

Risk-averse telecoms stifling innovation: Natsuno

One of Japan's top cell phone innovators says that for all his country's technological prowess, it could never have produced the iPhone. Japan's telecommunications industry stifles the kind of creativity that is so apparent in Apple Inc.'s Web-surfing phone, said Takeshi Natsuno, who developed Japan's ...