TOKYO, JAPAN: Toyota that its net profit for the first six months rose by 82.5% causing it to adjust its annual earnings forecast as a weak yen and improving sales in North America boosted its bottom line.
8 Nov 2013 07:55
TOKYO, JAPAN: Honda said its net profit rose by 46.4% in the three months to September as Japan's third largest manufacturer benefited from a weaker yen and stronger North America sales.
1 Nov 2013 09:55
TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's SoftBank said on Thursday, 31 October, its net profit rose 84.1% year-on-year to US$4.0bn in the six months to September, boosted by strong demand for iPhones and other smartphones.
1 Nov 2013 08:10
TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan has approved the sale of engine parts for use by the British Royal Navy, saying it would not violate arms exports by Tokyo, press reports said Monday (14 October).
15 Oct 2013 07:50
TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese camera company Olympus agreed to pay US$2.6m to settle a US investor claim stemming from a huge accounting scandal that hammered its shares.
1 Oct 2013 07:38
TOKYO JAPAN: Japanese electronics company Panasonic says it will abandon research into new smartphones for retail consumers at home as it struggles to make inroads in a sector dominated by Apple and Samsung.
27 Sep 2013 10:58
TOKYO, JAPAN: Games on tablets and smartphones are better, faster and more varied than ever, but the excitement surrounding the upcoming PlayStation 4 -- expected to attract big crowds at this week's Tokyo Game Show -- proves consoles are here to stay, say observers.
18 Sep 2013 07:37
TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony said on Monday, 9 September, it would sell its new PlayStation 4 games console in Japan next year after its US launch, the first time its declining home market has taken second place.
10 Sep 2013 10:39
TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese drinks giant Suntory Holdings is in advanced talks to buy the Lucozade and Ribena soft drinks brands for a possible US$1.56bn from British drugs firm GlaxoSmithKline, a report said Friday (6 September).
7 Sep 2013 07:51
PARIS, FRANCE: Global car sales will grow by 4.8% next year pulled by unexpectedly strong demand in China, the credit rating agency Moody's forecast on Wednesday (4 September).
6 Sep 2013 07:30
TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's electronics company Sony said on Thursday (1 August) it had swung back to a net profit of US$35m for the April to June quarter, while boosting its annual sales forecast.
1 Aug 2013 12:36
TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese car manufacturer Nissan said on Thursday, 25 July that its net profit rose 14% in the April to June quarter as sales in North America grew while a weaker yen boosted its bottom line.
26 Jul 2013 09:02
TOKYO, JAPAN: Toyota Motors will recall 242,000 Prius and Lexus hybrid cars globally because of a braking problem, the company said Wednesday (5 June), adding that it was not reported to have caused any accidents.
6 Jun 2013 10:38
TOKYO, JAPAN: Nissan said Thursday (23 May) it would recall some 841,000 compact cars worldwide because of a problem with the steering wheel.
24 May 2013 08:56
TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony shares rose on Wednesday (15 May) after a US hedge fund called for the partial sell-off of its entertainment unit, in a rare bid by a major foreign shareholder to penetrate Japan's staid corporate culture.
16 May 2013 06:32
TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese car manufacturer Honda said last week its net profit for the year to March rose by 73.6% to US$3.7bn, thanks to robust overseas sales, a weaker yen and various cost-cutting measures.
29 Apr 2013 07:41
TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's ANA tested one of its modified Dreamliner jets on Sunday (28 April), three months after the worldwide fleet of 787s was grounded, as Boeing set out to reassure passengers that the planes are safe.
29 Apr 2013 07:22
TOKYO, JAPAN: Almost 3m vehicles made by major Japanese manufacturers will be recalled worldwide because of possible problems with airbags, a government official said Thursday (11 April).
12 Apr 2013 08:09
TOKYO, JAPAN: Boeing's grounded Dreamliner is "absolutely" safe and will be back in the air within weeks, the company claimed last week as it sought to reassure airlines and passengers about the aircraft and its safety.
18 Mar 2013 06:36
TOKYO, JAPAN: A management shake-up at Toyota heralds a new era which will force the firm to look beyond the narrow confines of corporate life in Japan and help it in the global marketplace, analysts said last week.
11 Mar 2013 08:32
Growing affluence in emerging markets is good news for manufacturers of gas-guzzling vehicles.
11 Mar 2013 07:32
SA's biggest drug manufacturer Aspen Pharmacare expects its Asia-Pacific business to generate the biggest share of the company's revenue by the end of the year‚ its chief executive Stephen Saad said at the release of its interim results for the six months to December.
By Tamar Kahn 8 Mar 2013 08:25
TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony said Thursday (28 February) it has sold one of its main buildings in Tokyo for US$1.2bn as the embattled Japanese electronics giant offloads assets to help repair its tattered balance sheet.
1 Mar 2013 07:15
TOKYO, JAPAN: Troubled smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry will not launch its new models in Japan, effectively withdrawing from Japan's booming smartphone market where BlackBerry sales have virtually collapsed.
11 Feb 2013 07:25
TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese car company Mazda on Wednesday (6 February) said it swung back to a profit for the nine month period to December as it boosted its full-year earnings forecast.
7 Feb 2013 08:14
TOKYO, JAPAN: Toyota said on Tuesday (5 February) that its net profit quadrupled for the nine months to December as the Japanese vehicle manufacturer revised its full-year profit and sales forecast.
6 Feb 2013 08:15
TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese automotive giant Toyota said Wednesday (30 January) it would recall more than 900,000 vehicles in Canada, Japan, Mexico and the United States because of an airbag problem.
31 Jan 2013 08:01
TOKYO, JAPAN: Aviation regulators on Thursday (17 January) grounded most of the world's 787 Dreamliner fleet until a fire risk linked to the plane's batteries is fixed, deepening a crisis for its manufacturer Boeing.
18 Jan 2013 09:36
TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's Toyota Motor has decided to halt construction of new factories for the next three years in a shift from its previous policy of building new plants almost every year, reports said Sunday (6 January).
7 Jan 2013 08:52
TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese beverage giant Kirin has decided to sell its Tokyo headquarters in order to reduce debts as it aggressively buys foreign firms in a bid to expand its global reach, a report said Sunday (6 January).
7 Jan 2013 08:49
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