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PRIVATE SECTOR WORKING TOWARDS SETTLEMENT WITH CHINA

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It becomes highly likely that Mitsubishi Materials Corp. will finalize a settlement with Chinese claimants who were forcibly brought to Japan to work during World War II.Read more

NIKKEI BUYS FINANCIAL TIMES

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The deal was in the making for some time. The Nikkei, driven by its current president, gets very serious about its internationalization.Read more

MAJOR INFLUX OF FOREIGN DOCTORS TO JAPAN

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I admit the headline of this blog post is ironic. I couldn't help but turning sarcastic when I read this morning that the Japanese government will allow five non-Japanese doctors to practise in Tokyo hospitals.Read more

NEW STADIUM DESIGN IS GOOD NEWS FOR JAPAN – AND FOR ABE’S APPROVAL RATINGS

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Finally. After months of public criticism of the expensive design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic National Stadium Prime Minister Abe has pulled the plug.Read more

THE NEXT (DIFFERENT?) FOREIGNER AT THE HELM OF A JAPANESE FIRM

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Three weeks ago, Japan's No. 2 toy maker Takara Tomy appointed Dutchman Harold Meij as its new president. A very interesting development as he is special.Read more

Japan as No. 1 – At least for foreigners

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30 years ago there was this premature fear of Japan as No. 1 - economically. Well, we now it never realized. But recently, Japan is again at the top of rankings.Read more

TOYOTA, NISSAN AND HONDA JOIN FORCES

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The Japanese automotive industry certainly won the hybrid race. Japanese automakers are similarly serious when it gets to fuel cell cars.Read more

RIDICULOUS CALLS FOR MEDIA CONTROL SPUR UP DEBATE AGAIN

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And here we are again. The debate on freedom of press in Japan continues - this time spurred by stupid remarks at a LDP Youth Division meeting.Read more

JAPAN LAUNCHES ITS OWN INDUSTRY 4.0 INITIATIVE

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On 18 June, some 30 Japanese companies launched the "Industrial Value Chain Initiative", the Japanese reply to Germany's Industry 4.0 and similar industrial initiatives in the U.S.Read more

VOICE OF SHAREHOLDERS IN JAPAN

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June is when most Japanese companies hold their shareholder meetings. Does 2015 bring winds of change as hoped for by many foreign shareholders for a long time now? The answer is a clear “yes and no”.Read more

PEPPER LAUNCH MILESTONE IN MANY REGARDS

Today SoftBank's Pepper robot is going on sale and marks a milestone in the development of artificial intelligence and robot technology.Read more

TOYOTA IN DEEP TROUBLE OVER ARREST OF JULIE HAMP

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Toyota reacted quickly and decisively after yesterday's arrest of its newly appointed global communications head Julie Hamp for allegedly importing narcotic painkillers.Read more

FREEDOM OF PRESS – ONE MORE PERSPECTIVE

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Foreign but also domestic observers have recently decried a shrinking freedom of the press in Japan. Various acts by government officials have been interpreted as (at best) inappropriate or (even worse) outright acts of meddling with a free press for the benefit of promoting a more nationalistic policy.Read more

ECONOMIST SEES WINDS OF CHANGE IN JAPAN

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This week's Economist carries a very interesting piece on changes in Japan Inc.Read more

DMG MORI SEIKI AS ROLE MODEL FOR CROSS-BORDER M&A!?!

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Today's issue of Japan's leading business weekly Nikkei Business carries an interesting 10-page special on the merger of former German Gildemeister with former Japanese Mori Seiki. Read more

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