Japan Headlines

Toyota says not optimistic on China profitability

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TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp said it "can't be optimistic" about profitability in China, the world's biggest auto market, where slowing growth is forcing the Japanese manufacturer to cut prices and offer buying incentives to keep up with rivals.

China, Japan 9:27am EDT

Japan A-bomb survivors speak out against nuclear power, decry Abe’s view of war

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FUKUSHIMA CITY, Japan - When Atsushi Hoshino set out to revive a group representing atomic bomb survivors in the rural northeast Japanese prefecture of Fukushima 30 years ago, one topic was taboo - criticizing the nuclear power industry upon which many relied for jobs.

World, Japan, Nuclear Power 8:19am EDT

Japan suspends work on U.S. base on Okinawa as Abe battles low ratings

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TOKYO - Japan said on Tuesday it was suspending construction of a contentious U.S. air base on the island of Okinawa for a month to give time for talks between the central government and island authorities opposed to the facility.

World, Japan 2:39am EDT

Mon, Aug 3 2015

See no risks posed by expected Fed, BOE rate hikes: BOJ's Iwata

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TOKYO - Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Kikuo Iwata on Tuesday played down any risk that expected interest rate increases by the U.S. Federal Reserve or the Bank of England could pose to financial markets, and dismissed suggestions that the BOJ should raise rates to prevent the yen from falling too fast.

03 Aug 2015

Third Point buys stake in Suzuki Motor, sending shares to lifetime high

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TOKYO - U.S. activist investment fund Third Point LLC has placed a bet on Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp potentially worth almost $1 billion citing the automaker's dominance in India, sending its shares to a lifetime high.

Deals, Japan 03 Aug 2015

Blackstone, Fortress among bidders for Japan's Simplex: sources

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TOKYO - U.S. investment funds Blackstone Group , Fortress Investment Group and Elliot Management are among those shortlisted for the second round of bidding to buy Japan's Simplex Investment Advisors in a deal that could top $1 billion, three people with knowledge of the transaction said.

Deals, Japan 03 Aug 2015

Sun, Aug 2 2015

Subaru says suppliers have been told to treat workers fairly

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- Fuji Heavy Industries , the parent company of automaker Subaru, has told its network of suppliers that it expects them to treat workers fairly and to uphold "human rights and international standards of behavior."

Japan, Africa 02 Aug 2015

Sat, Aug 1 2015

Pacific Rim free trade talks fall short of deal

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LAHAINA, Hawaii - Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade between a dozen nations after a dispute flared up over auto trade between Japan and North America, New Zealand dug in over dairy trade and no agreement was reached on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs. | Video

01 Aug 2015

Japan's Amari: TPP member nations clash over intellectual property issue

LAHAINA, Hawaii - Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Friday each nation's interests clashed over an intellectual property issue and they could not reach a Pacific Rim trade deal.

01 Aug 2015

Fri, Jul 31 2015

Japan's Amari says one more push can seal elusive Pacific trade deal

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LAHAINA, Hawaii - Japan's Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Friday that one more push by Pacific nations can reach a broad trade deal after members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership failed to seal a highly awaited pact.

31 Jul 2015