Tag - mergers



BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 28, 2017
SoftBank reportedly in talks to merge OneWeb satellite startup with Intelsat
SoftBank Group Corp., the technology giant controlled by billionaire Masayoshi Son, is in talks to merge the satellite startup it's backing, OneWeb Ltd., with satellite provider Intelsat SA, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 13, 2017
Micro M&A advisers riding population trends to success
Boutique advisers specializing in micro mergers and acquisitions for mostly family-run firms are enjoying a boom as the aging, shrinking population puts the squeeze on Japan's small business landscape.
Dec 30, 2016
Political upheavals around world may herald trouble for mega-deals in 2017
As companies brace for the impact of 2016's political shocks and looming elections next year, global appetite for mega-mergers may slow amid the prospect of increased protectionism.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 21, 2016
Shareholders approve JX, TonenGeneral merger, forming new oil giant
Shareholders of JX Holdings Inc., Japan's biggest oil refiner, and third-ranked TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. approved a planned April merger on Wednesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 19, 2016
Regulator approves JX-TonenGeneral and Idemitsu-Showa Shell mergers
The Fair Trade Commission has approved the merger of Japan's largest oil refiner, JX Holdings Inc., and third-ranked TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 2, 2016
After Japanese merger, world's biggest shipping company hopes for more
A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, owner of the world's largest container line, said mergers like the combination of its three main Japanese rivals provide relief to an ailing industry that has been characterized by over-capacity.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 31, 2016
Japan's top three shippers to merge container businesses into world's No. 6
Creating the new behemoth is aimed at surviving the shrinking global container industry.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 22, 2016
AT&T agrees in principle to buy Time Warner for $85 billion
AT&T has reached an agreement in principle to buy Time Warner for about $85 billion, sources said on Friday, paving the way for the biggest deal in the world this year. The agreement would give the telecom company control of the cable TV channels HBO and CNN, the film studio Warner Bros. and other...
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 8, 2016
Government-affiliated bank mulls stake in Fujitsu, Lenovo PC venture
A government-affiliated bank is considering investing in a joint personal computer business that Fujitsu Ltd. and China's Lenovo Group Inc. are negotiating amid a shrinking domestic PC market, sources close to the matter said Saturday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 20, 2016
In hot water, bathroom fittings firm Lixil hires outsider to fix pipes
Early last year, big bets started to go wrong for a Japanese giant of toilets and faucets.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 9, 2016
Idemitsu scion's defiance imperils $1.7 billion refinery merger
In Japan's carefully choreographed corporate world, public power struggles are generally frowned upon. Shosuke Idemitsu, 89, apparently doesn't roll that way.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 31, 2016
JX, TonenGeneral finalize merger as Japan's biggest oil refiner
JX Holdings Inc. and TonenGeneral Sekiyu KK on Wednesday finalized an agreement to form Japan's biggest oil refiner starting in April.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 4, 2016
Idemitsu son buys Showa Shell stake in bid to stop merger
The son of the founder of Idemitsu Kosan Co. has begun buying shares in rival refiner Showa Shell Sekiyu KK in a bid to block a proposed merger between the two companies.
Aug 1, 2016
Uber to sell Chinese unit to local rival Didi
Uber Technologies Inc. will sell its China business to Didi Chuxing, the dominant ride-hailing service in the country, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal ends a costly battle between the two companies, which competed for customers and drivers.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 17, 2016
Japan's Idemitsu Kosan and Showa Shell to merge on April 1
Japanese refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co and smaller rival Showa Shell Sekiyu will merge on April 1 next year, the two companies said on Friday.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 26, 2016
FamilyMart-Uny merger plan approved by shareholders
The planned merger of FamilyMart Co. and Uny Group Holdings Co. was approved by their shareholders Thursday, setting the stage for the creation of one of the nation's largest convenience store operators in September.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 16, 2016
Nippon Steel to take control of Nisshin to weather China glut
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp., Japan's largest steel maker, said it will take majority control of the nation's No. 4 mill, Nisshin Steel Co., as the industry consolidates in the face of a global supply glut.
Japan Times
Apr 4, 2016
For Hon Hai, turning around Sharp will be tougher than takeover
Terry Gou has pledged to keep Sharp intact, respect its independence and try to preserve jobs. He will have a hard time keeping those agreements.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 30, 2016
Hitachi, Sagawa Express agree to buy stakes in distribution businesses
Hitachi Ltd. and Sagawa Express Co. agreed Wednesday to buy stakes in each other's distribution businesses as competition among Japanese logistics companies intensifies.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 12, 2015
Dow, DuPont agree on $130 billion merger
Chemical titans DuPont and Dow Chemical Co. have agreed to combine in an all-stock merger valued at $130 billion in a first step toward breaking up into three businesses, a move that pleased activist investors and could trigger more consolidation.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan