Businesses find problems, pitfalls in making goods overseas

Business Jul 11, 2019

Businesses find problems, pitfalls in making goods overseas

Danica Lause manufactured knitted hats in China for four years and struggled the whole time. "I was unable to achieve the level of quality control our brand requires in any of the factories we worked with in China," says Lause, whose company, Peekaboos, makes hats ...

Deadly storms in Kyushu hit traditional businesses hard

National Jul 30, 2017

Deadly storms in Kyushu hit traditional businesses hard

The storms in Kyushu earlier this month not only ruined homes and roads but also dealt a blow to traditional businesses, including makers of liquor and pottery. Communities in Fukuoka and Oita prefectures worry the devastation could make it even harder for aging owners of ...

Japan and EU reach free trade accord in blow against protectionism

Business Jul 6, 2017

Japan and EU reach free trade accord in blow against protectionism

Senior European Union and Japanese officials reached a free-trade agreement on Wednesday, paving the way for leaders to conclude the political accord Thursday, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said. "We've reached political agreement at ministerial level on an EU-Japan trade deal. We now recommend to ...