Smaller firms in Japan expand roles in overseas assistance

Business Mar 23, 2017

Smaller firms in Japan expand roles in overseas assistance

by Hiroki Kunugi

Smaller firms in Japan are playing a more active role in the country's overseas development assistance, offering their expertise to local partners with help from the Japanese government. Wago, a processor of agricultural products based in Katori, Chiba Prefecture, is helping farmers in Kenya increase ...

Business / Economy Mar 1, 2017

Japan's fourth quarter business investment grew 3.8% on year

Capital spending by domestic firms rose 3.8 percent year-on-year in the October-December period, marking a turnaround as companies sought to boost output, government data showed Wednesday. Business investment by all non-financial sectors for purposes such as building plants and introducing new equipment came to ¥10.94 ...

Business Feb 7, 2017

Japan, Thailand to jointly rev up SMEs with business matching

Japan and Thailand have agreed to expand collaboration for the development of small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) by mutually encouraging business-matching deals between firms of the two countries. A memorandum of understanding on further synergy was inked last week between Japan's Organization for Small and ...

Japan's business gift culture says it with orchids

Business Feb 2, 2017

Japan's business gift culture says it with orchids

by Yuko Takeo

In Japanese business celebrations, there's one thing you'll almost always see: orchids. Pots of the exotic flowers, which often sell for about ¥20,000 ($176), will be there in a newly appointed president's office, at the entrance of a company that just finished its initial public ...

Major Japanese firms' winter bonuses up for fourth straight year

Business Dec 22, 2016

Major Japanese firms' winter bonuses up for fourth straight year

Winter bonuses at Japanese companies employing more than 500 people averaged ¥880,736 ($7,500), up 0.02 percent from the previous year and rising for the fourth straight year, the country's major business lobby said Wednesday. Winter bonuses at Japanese manufacturers averaged ¥900,490, up 0.47 percent and ...