Fri, Feb 27 2015
LONDON - A new kidney disease drug from Japan's Otsuka has been recommended for approval in Europe, the region's medicines regulator said on Friday.
TOKYO - Japan's Mazda Motor Corp will sell only diesel-powered cars in the domestic launch of its key model for 2015, gambling it can convince the country's army of hybrid petrol-electric drivers that the days of sooty, noisy diesels are long gone.
TOKYO - Two Japanese ministers denied wrongdoing on Friday after media said they appeared to have received improper funding, the latest embarrassment for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, three of whose ministers have quit over scandals since October.
LONDON - Nikon , the 98-year-old Japanese company best known for its cameras, has agreed to buy British retinal imaging firm Optos for 259.3 million pounds ($400 million) as it moves into the medical sector.
TOKYO - Japanese households cut spending more than expected and retail sales fell for the first time in seven months in January, data showed on Friday, a sign the central bank's radical stimulus has yet to convince consumers that inflation will take hold.
TOKYO - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda defended his two-year timeframe for achieving his ambitious inflation target, warning that adopting a relaxed approach to the deadline would undermine efforts to break the country out of the shackles of deflation.
TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday the government may further delay another sales tax increase if an unexpected event such as another global financial crisis or a huge earthquake occurs.
Thu, Feb 26 2015
TOKYO - Japan's environment minister denied wrongdoing on Friday after a newspaper said his office appeared to have received improper funds, the latest embarrassment for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, three of whose ministers have quit over funding and election scandals since he took office in late 2012.
Wed, Feb 25 2015
TOKYO - Japanese households cut spending further and retail sales fell for the first time in seven months in January, data on Friday is likely to show, a sign the central bank's radical stimulus has yet to convince consumers that inflation will take hold.
SYDNEY - An earthquake measuring 6.2 magnitude struck off southern Japan on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.