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Japan, Russia mull cruises around disputed islands as part of joint economic activities

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

Japan and Russia are exploring the idea of conducting cruises around the Moscow-held, Tokyo-claimed islands off Hokkaido as part of envisioned joint economic activities, a ...

Shizuoka firm debuts birdlike robot Charpy to talk back to English learners

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

Japanese education software developer CAI Media Co. recently developed a bird-shaped robot for English learners to practice conversation, using artificial intelligence and Internet of Things ...

Guam tourism biz brisk despite nuclear brinkmanship

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

This photograph taken on Saturday shows volleyball players on a beach at Tumon Bay on Guam. | AFP-JIJI

Tourists haven’t been deterred from visiting the tropical island of Guam even though the U.S. territory has been at the center of North Korean and ...

Japan’s April-June GDP jumped annualized 4% on consumption, capital expenditures

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

Japan’s economy expanded at an annualized rate of 4.0 percent in April-June, posting a sixth straight quarter of expansion led by private consumption and capital ...

Japan’s economy revs up, but analysts remain skeptical whether robust spending will last

By Noriyuki Suzuki
- via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

A shopper chooses clothes at a store in Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district. Japan's economy gained momentum in the April-June quarter thanks to stronger consumer spending, but economists are split over whether the trend will continue. | AP

A tricky question has been keeping economists busy of late: Are Japanese consumers finally beginning to loosen their purse strings?As far as recent economic data ...

MUFG plans to hire in Saudi Arabia to tap privatizations valued at $350 billion

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. is set to become the first Japanese lender to start full banking operations in Saudi Arabia. | BLOOMBERG

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. is looking to hire in Saudi Arabia as the lender seeks to benefit from privatizations valued at more than $350 ...

Trump’s NAFTA autos goals set to collide with industry, as negotiators prepare for talks to begin

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

National flags representing the United States, Canada, and Mexico fly in the breeze as leaders of the North American Free Trade Agreement meet in New Orleans in 2008. Renegotiations of the three-way trade pact are set to start Wednesday in Washington D.C. | AP

The Trump administration has set a collision course with the auto industry as it launches renegotiations of the 23-year-old NAFTA trade pact this week, aiming ...

Panasonic India plans big push in smartphone market dominated by Chinese, South Korean brands

By Atul Ranjan
- via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

Panasonic Corp.’s Indian subsidiary will invest 1.5 billion rupees ($23.4 million) in its mobility division in the current fiscal year ending next March to step ...

Dollar rebounds above ¥109.70 after hitting four-month low

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

The dollar bounced back above ¥109.70 in Tokyo trading on Monday after hitting a four-month low below ¥109 in overseas trading late last week on ...

Nikkei hits three-month low on North Korea tensions

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

The benchmark Nikkei average fell to the lowest closing level in over three months on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Monday, with investor sentiment battered by ...

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