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Optimism and Japan's Auto Makers 
Apr 29, 2009 by Wall Street Journal

Confounding expectations, Honda Motor and Mitsubishi Motors had some good news this week: They forecast a profitable year ahead.
Both auto makers seem intent on cost-cutting their way to profitability -- what with revenues forecast to fall 16% and 24%, respectively, in the coming 12 months. So be it. Tough times require tough measures, and if Honda and Mitsubishi have flab in their factories, now's the time to slim down....Full story>>

NEC, Renesas agree to merge in 2010
Apr 28, 2009 by Japan Times

NEC Electronics Corp. and Renesas Technology Corp. agreed Monday to merge in a deal that may create Japan's largest chip maker.
The terms including ownership ratio should be agreed by the end of July and the transaction completed by next April, the companies said Monday. The chip unit of NEC Corp. and Renesas, the Tokyo-based venture between Hitachi Ltd., and Mitsubishi Electric Corp., made the announcement in a joint statement with their parents.
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Slump spurs debate: How to reshape Japan Inc.
Apr 24, 2009 by BusinessWeek

With the global economy now in a deep funk Japan’s export machine is idling. The latest evidence came this week, when Japan reported a trade deficit of 725.3 billion yen ($7.3 billion)—the first such shortfall in 28 years. The announcement was a stark reminder of how dependent the world’s second-largest economy was on the buying habits of companies and consumers overseas.
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Suntory to suspend operations of Mexico liquor plant over swine flu
Apr 27, 2009 by AP

Suntory Holdings Ltd. will suspend operations of its liquor plant in Mexico to prevent the spread of swine flu among its employees, company officials said Monday....Full story>>

Corporate bankruptcy, the Japanese way
Apr 28, 2009 by Japan Times

Ever since U.S. financial services giant Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed in September, in what many have called the worst corporate failure in U.S. history, the global economy has been heading south. ...Full story>>

Demand off, Sharp loss at ¥126 billion
Apr 28, 2009 by Japan Times

Electronics maker Sharp Corp. said Monday that it suffered an annual net loss of ¥125.8 billion due to declining demand and increasing competition amid a global economic slump.
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MMC logs ¥55 billion loss on sales dive, high yen
Apr 28, 2009 by Japan Times

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Monday it incurred a group net loss of ¥54.88 billion in business 2008 due to a plunge in sales, the higher yen and an appraisal loss stemming from devalued production and sales facilities in Japan and the United States. ...Full story>>

Car production increases in Japan
Apr 24, 2009 by FT com

Japan's biggest carmakers increased monthly production for the first time since the global car market soured last year, company data showed yesterday, suggesting output is bottoming out as factory cutbacks reduce a glut of unsold vehicles. ...Full story>>

Kirin to pay $2.5 billion for rest of Lion Nathan
Apr 26, 2009 by Bloomberg

April 27 (Bloomberg) -- Kirin Holdings Co., Japan’s largest beverage maker, agreed to buy out other shareholders of Lion Nation Ltd. for A$3.5 billion ($2.5 billion), accelerating a push into Australia to counter falling beer sales at home. ...Full story>>

'Metabolic' waistlines spark bike boom
Apr 27, 2009 by Yomiuri

An increasing number of company employees are enjoying riding hybrid-style sport bicycles--a cross between a mountain bike and a racing model--not only on weekends, but on weekdays to commute to work. ...Full story>>
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