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Sendai-based upstart taking on big Osaka appliance makers

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Iris Ohyama employee Masahiro Inukai shows off the firm’s home appliances products at its office in the city of Osaka last month. | KYODO

Iris Ohyama, based in Sendai, is taking on Osaka Prefecture’s more established home appliance makers, including Panasonic and Sharp, in the battle for consumers’ hearts ...

Renewable energy growth continues, powering jobs especially in Asia

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Solar power generation led the growth of the renewable energy industry last year, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency's annual report. | BLOOMBERG

The renewable energy industry employed 9.8 million people last year, up 1.1 percent from 2015, led by the solar photovoltaic business, according to the International ...

Japan manufacturers’ mood slips despite economic recovery, survey finds

By Tetsushi Kajimoto,Izumi Nakagawa
- via The Japan Times    May 24, 2017

Confidence among Japanese manufacturers receded in May for the first time in nine months after hitting a decade-high level April, a Reuters survey has found, showing guarded optimism in a nascent e...

Dakota Access pipeline sprang two more leaks in March

via The Japan Times    May 23, 2017

The Dakota Access pipeline system leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in two separate incidents in March — the second and third known leaks discovered as crews prepared the disputed...

Sony about to get its groove back, CEO Kazuo Hirai says

By Shusuke Murai
- via The Japan Times    May 23, 2017

Kazuo Hirai, president and chief executive officer of Sony Corp., holds a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. | BLOOMBERG

After five years of restructuring by Sony Corp., Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai said Tuesday he is confident the once-dominant electronics giant will see an ...

Deal for U.S. drugmaker Upsher-Smith Laboratories poised to boost sales for Sawai

via The Japan Times    May 23, 2017

For decades, the Sawai family was content to keep the drug business it founded focused on the Japanese market. Now, it is steering the country’s second-biggest maker of generic drugs through ...

Trump administration announces plans to renegotiate NAFTA

via The Japan Times    May 19, 2017


Making good on a campaign promise, the Trump administration formally told Congress Thursday that it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. U.S. Trade...

Indian Cabinet approves plans to build 10 reactors in bid to fast-track nuke power quest

via The Japan Times    May 18, 2017

India’s Cabinet approved plans on Wednesday to build 10 nuclear reactors with a combined capacity of 7,000 megawatts (MW), more than the country’s entire current capacity, to fast-track...

Hyundai engineer blows whistle on ‘chaebol’ culture

By Hyunjoo Jin
- via The Japan Times    May 17, 2017

Kim Gwang-ho speaks during an interview in Yongin, South Korea, on April 19. | REUTERS

South Korean engineer Kim Gwang-ho flew to Washington last year to do something he never dreamed he would: report alleged safety lapses at Hyundai Motor Co., his employer of 26 years, to U.S. regul...

Tokyo stocks fall back on yen’s rise

via The Japan Times    May 17, 2017

Stocks turned lower on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Wednesday, dragged down by the yen’s ascent against the dollar. The 225-issue Nikkei average shed 104.94 points, or 0.53 percent, to finish at ...

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