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Sep 05 NTT Docomo mulls fully entering U.S. mobile phone market next year (AP)
 NTT Docomo Inc. is considering fully entering the U.S. mobile phone market next year, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. It would be the first time Japan's top mobile phone service provider launched the Docomo-brand business in an overseas market, the sources said.
Sep 05 Google showing rough photo-shooting locations for Street View service (AP)
 Google Inc. on Friday began disclosing approximate photo-shooting locations for its Street View service that provides close-up views of city streets as caught by cameras installed in vehicles driving along the roads. The Japanese unit of the Mountain View, California-based Internet firm made the move following the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry's call in August for taking steps to ensure that the service will not intrude into people's privacy.
Sep 05 Japan's financial regulator to increase foreign bank oversight (Bloomberg)
 Japan's financial regulator said it plans to make the local managers of foreign banks more accountable for their operations and will step up oversight. "We want foreign banks to find failings and fix them," Toshinori Yashiki, director for inspection affairs at the Financial Services Agency, said in an interview yesterday.
Sep 05 Recession can't stop Japan's online shoppers (BusinessWeek)
 It never rains but it pours for Japan's department store operators, once the driving force behind Japan's bubble-era consumerism. This summer already-flagging sales plunged further as recession-hit consumers cut back on spending. Nature didn't help out, either, as poor weather hurt sales. Yet, even when the recession eases and the weather improves, don't expect a big bounce in sales. These days, Japan's recession-hit shoppers increasingly prefer to shop without ever leaving home.
Sep 04 Is Japan gunning for Intel? (Motley Fool)
 Japanese business magazine Nikkei Business News reports that a mighty pack of household-name technology firms have joined forces to create a groundbreaking new microprocessor standard. The all-star list of contributors includes Toshiba, Panasonic, Hitachi, and Canon -- a list of adversaries that would strike fear into the heart of anybody, including the mighty Intel.
Sep 04 JAL to ditch its stake in loss-making Hokkaido Air (Japan Times)
 Japan Airlines Corp. will sell most of its stake in its subsidiary Hokkaido Air System Co. to help restore profitability, sources said Thursday. JAL plans to drastically reduce its holding in the regional air carrier from the current 51 percent by selling shares to the Hokkaido Prefectural Government, which owns a 49 percent stake, the sources said.
Sep 04 Writer slams Google Book deal (Japan Times)
 A freelance journalist said Thursday he has sent a letter to a U.S. district court informing it of his "clear objection" to the controversial Google Book Search settlement. Shojiro Akashi, a journalist and author of 11 Japanese books, told a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo that the proposed settlement, for which Friday is the opt-out deadline, is "extremely unfair for non-American copyright holders."
Sep 03 Dozens of illegal laborers found at Panasonic factory: police (Mainichi)
 A group of Chinese students and former trainees have been caught working illegally at a Panasonic factory here, police said. Police rounded up a total of 36 Chinese night-shift workers at a Panasonic Corp. factory in the Shiga Prefecture city of Kusatsu in November last year, on suspicion of illegal residence and unauthorized labor.
Sep 03 Gazprom asks Japan to help fund gas pipeline: reports (MarketWatch)
 Russian oil and gas giant Gazprom has asked Japan to help fund a major natural-gas pipeline in Russia's Far East, according to news reports Tuesday. The pipeline from Russia's Sakhalin Island to the Pacific port of Vladivostok is expected to cost around 210 billion rubles ($6.6 billion), the report said.
Sep 03 Japan aviation policy outlook: JAL bailout, Narita privatisation, open skies. Where next? (centreforaviation.com)
 The newly elected DPJ Government has many larger problems to deal with than the financial health of its leading flag carrier, but this is nonetheless a highly conspicuous and still important Japanese icon. And it needs to be addressed urgently, whichever way the decision goes. Last month, the LDP government announced a bailout package for Japan Airlines. In the form of a loan, organised under government supervision with private financial institutions involved, this was to range up to USD1 billion.
Sep 02 Ex-Toyota lawyer files lawsuit over alleged info cover-up: report (AP)
 A former lawyer of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. filed a lawsuit against the company in late July, alleging he was pressured to conceal information from victims of rollover accidents involving sport utility vehicles and trucks, U.S. media reported Tuesday. In the lawsuit, Dimitrios Biller accused the U.S. unit of Toyota Motor Corp. of destroying data on more than 300 accidents that proved vehicle roofs were substandard, the Los Angeles Times reported in its Monday edition.
Sep 02 Japan's 40 Richest (Forbes)
 At least someone is making money these days. Japan's retail tycoon Tadashi Yanai, whose Uniqlo stores sell affordable apparel, has added $1.4 billion to his wealth to become Japan's richest person for the first time. He is now worth $6.1 billion and has moved up to No. 1 from No. 6 last year, becoming the fifth person in as many years to take the top spot in Japan.
Sep 02 Shinkansen export office launched (Japan Times)
 The government set up a new office Tuesday to oversee efforts to promote bullet-train sales in other countries planning to introduce high-speed railway systems. The United States is planning to introduce high-speed railways under its Green New Deal initiative, which focuses on investment to help the environment and stimulate the economy. Countries such as Brazil and Vietnam are also looking at high-speed rail.
Sep 02 Sony to sell TV plant to Taiwan firm (Japan Times)
 Sony Corp. has agreed to sell its main television factory in North America to a Taiwanese company as it struggles to cut costs and stem massive losses. Sony said Tuesday it will sell 90 percent of its stake in Sony Baja California, which is located in Tijuana, Mexico, to Hon Hai Precision Industry.
Sep 01 1st Michelin Kyoto, Osaka gourmet guidebook to come out Oct. 16 (AP)
 Michelin Guide 2010 Kyoto & Osaka, the first Michelin guidebook on restaurants and accommodations in western Japan, will hit the stands Oct. 16, the publisher said Tuesday. The guidebook on the two western Japanese cities that are popular with tourists will grade traditional Japanese inns as well as Western-style hotels, the Japanese unit of the French tire maker said.
Sep 01 Wireless Watch: Mulling a three-point mobile merger in Japan (Daily Finance)
 For smaller companies trying to plant a stake in the ground of larger, more established companies, one strategy is simply to team up. That's what three small well-known players in mobile phones could soon announce in Japan, as NEC, Hitachi (HIT), and Casio Computer discuss combining their mobile-handset operations.
Sep 01 Swiss firms eye Japanese free trade bounty (swissinfo.ch)
 Swiss companies are assessing how they could take advantage of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Japan that comes into effect on September 1. It has been hailed as Switzerland's most important economic pact since the 1972 FTA with the European Community (EC). It is the first such deal that Japan has signed with a country outside the Asia-Pacific region.
Sep 01 In era of mpg, Japanese big on going small (AutoNews)
 Japanese carmakers are revamping their product plans to include the more fuel-efficient vehicles required by changing regulations for corporate average fuel economy. By 2015, Nissan expects 10 percent of its U.S. sales to be electric vehicles. Nissan is not talking about just microcars; it envisions mid-sized electric cars, too.
Sep 01 Uniqlo teams up with Disney (Japan Times)
 Retailer Uniqlo Co. said Monday it will team up with Walt Disney Co. to launch T-shirts and other products featuring Disney characters from early September. Starting with Japanese outlets, Uniqlo plans to roll out short- and long-sleeved Disney T-shirts for ¥1,500 and indoor outfits with three-quarter sleeves for ¥2,990 with Mickey Mouse and other popular Disney characters.
Sep 01 Japan's luxury shoppers move on (mckinseyquarterly.com)
 When it comes to luxury goods, Japan's consumers are among the world's biggest spenders. The country's luxury market, worth $15 billion to $20 billion, is second in size only to that of the United States. Yet the "mass luxury" market is feeling unprecedented pressure. Sales are down sharply, luxury-goods companies have warned that they won't meet their current growth and earnings targets, and dire headlines proclaim the market's decline.
Sep 01 Hokkaido's autumn salmon catch set to be worst ever (Yomiuri)
 Hokkaido's salmon catch is tipped to fall to a record low this autumn, reducing availability of the fish considered to represent the taste of autumn. Set-net salmon fishing started last Monday in the Tokachi and Kushiro areas of Hokkaido, but the number of salmon expected to return to such rivers to spawn likely will hit a record low for the 20-year period in which data is available, according to a Hokkaido Fish Hatchery estimate.
Aug 31 Panasonic still awaits approvals for Sanyo bid (Reuters)
 Japan's Panasonic Corp said on Monday it was still waiting on approval from four anti-trust regulators for its planned acquisition of Sanyo Electric Co Ltd. It said it would give another update on its plan to take control of the world's largest rechargeable battery maker, a deal worth at least 400 billion yen ($4.3 billion), by end-October.
Aug 31 Kansai airport to cut landing fees for international flights (AP)
 Kansai International Airport Co. said Monday it will cut its regular landing fees for airlines, which would use larger aircraft or increase the number of their international services, by 80 percent to improve the airport's competitiveness, beginning in the October-March season.
Aug 31 Desperate automakers aim for a new generation of customers (Asahi)
 Faced with plummeting sales and little prospect of a major turnaround in the near future, automakers are hoping to revive their fortunes by hooking the next generation of customers while they are still young. Very young. Workshops where children can take part in car maintenance or test drive scaled-down electric vehicles are being used to introduce them to the wonders of the automotive industry.
By J.S. on Sep 10, 2009



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