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Corporate governance holds Japan back

TOKYO Poison pills, a lack of independent directors, and a web of capital ties between business partners that ensures management performance goes unchecked -- that's corporate governance in Japan.


Patience pays for foreign banks in Japan

TOKYO U.S. and European banks may dream of making it big in Japan, but tough local competition and costly past failures mean they will largely remain niche players in the world's second-biggest economy. | Video


DoCoMo eyes more investments in Asia carriers

TOKYO Japan's top wireless operator, NTT DoCoMo Inc, said it is in talks with some Asian mobile carriers for possible capital investment as it aims to seek growth overseas to counter the maturing cell phone market at home.


Ageing, shrinking Japan still a good investment

TOKYO Has the sun set on Japan as the rest of Asia becomes the sole source of growth in the global economy?


Nissan says zero-emission push timely amid crisis

TOKYO Nissan Motor Co said on Wednesday that while the economic crisis had hammered automakers, the company is in a perfect position to benefit from government loans thanks to its big push in the field of zero-emission cars. | Video


Nissan: U.S. battery output to cost over $1 billion

TOKYO A senior executive at Nissan Motor Co said investments to produce batteries at its U.S. car plant site in Tennessee would exceed $1 billion, accounting for the bulk of the government loans it was granted last month.


BlackRock: Japan holds opportunity

TOKYO Japan's stability and technology make domestic equities an attractive opportunity, the head of BlackRock's Japanese unit said on Wednesday, adding that a further economic recovery could usher in more client flows from abroad. | Video


Nomura eyes Australia equity license

TOKYO Nomura Holdings Inc is applying for an equity license with the Australian Stock Exchange and is seeking a partner in China, a top executive said, as Japan's largest brokerage looks to expand its Asia-Pacific operations. | Video

Nomura's Shibata carrying the Lehman legacy

TOKYO When shell-shocked Lehman Brothers employees gathered for a town hall meeting in Hong Kong last September, all eyes were on Takumi Shibata, the chatty, affable Nomura executive who orchestrated the rescue of Lehman's operations in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Japan opposition eyes reserves returns

TOKYO Japan should study ways to boost returns on its currency reserves, for instance by taking on some credit risk in its investments, an opposition upper house lawmaker said on Wednesday.


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