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Japan inflation ticks up but central bank’s target still out of reach

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

The nationwide core consumer price index in August rose 0.9 percent from a year earlier. | BLOOMBERG

The nation’s annual core consumer inflation ticked up slightly in August but remained distant from the Bank of Japan’s 2 percent target, suggesting that monetary ...

Honda Vietnam sees 98% year-on-year increase in car sales in first eight months

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Honda's Vietnamese unit saw a 98 percent year-on-year increase in sales during the January-August period. | BLOOMBERG

Honda Motor Co. is upbeat about its automobile sales in Vietnam after resuming imports that had been suspended following the country’s introduction of nontariff barriers ...

Japan’s tech-hungry firms seeking help from Indian IT startups

via The Japan Times    Sep 20, 2018

Keita Nishiyama, director-general of the Commerce and Information Policy Bureau at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, speaks during the Japan-India Startup Hub kick-off seminar in Bengaluru, India, on Tuesday. | NNA/KYODO

Technology-hungry Japanese firms are being matched with startups in India as Japan looks toward innovation to revitalize its aging population and mature industrialized economy.Two Indian ...

More Iran hacks targeted Mideast energy firms as U.S. sanctions loomed: FireEye

via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

Alister Shepherd, the director of a subsidiary of the cybersecurity firm FireEye, gestures during a presentation about the APT33 hacking group, which his firm suspects are Iranian government-aligned hackers, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday. FireEye warned Tuesday that Iranian government-aligned hackers have stepped up their efforts in the wake of President Donald Trump pulling America from the nuclear deal. | AP

An Iranian government-aligned group of hackers launched a major campaign targeting Mideast energy firms and others ahead of U.S. sanctions on Iran, a cybersecurity firm ...

Japan-Thai packaging manufacture joint venture starts operations near Bangkok

via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

A joint Japan-Thailand packaging manufacturing venture has opened a plant near Bangkok to meet growing demand from the food industry in the Southeast Asian country.T.A.K. ...

BOJ stands pat on stimulus policy, says it will monitor impact of recent tweaks

via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

The Bank of Japan kept its aggressive monetary stimulus policy unchanged after a two-day meeting through Wednesday, opting instead to monitor the effectiveness of recent ...

Unilateral trade actions won’t solve problems, says Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at Tianjin summit

By Sayuri Daimon
- via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

A worker walks by a construction site barrier decorated to show Chinese and foreign shoppers at the Central Business District in Beijing on Wednesday. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang appealed Wednesday for support for free trade, and promised to improve conditions for foreign companies in the country following tit-for-tat U.S. and Chinese tariff hikes in an escalating battle over Beijing's technology policy. | AP

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Wednesday that unilateral trade actions will not solve any problems, stressing that multilateralism should instead be upheld.“It is essential that ...

Dollar firmer above ¥112.30 in late Tokyo trading

via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

The dollar was stronger above ¥112.30 in Tokyo trading late Wednesday, although its upside was limited by selling to lock in profits.At 5 p.m., the ...

Sony to release miniature version of original PlayStation in December

via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

Sony's PlayStation Classic, a miniature version of the original PlayStation console that launched in Japan in 1994, will hit the market Dec. 3. | KYODO

Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. said Wednesday that it will launch a limited number of miniature versions of its original PlayStation game console in Japan, North ...

Stocks soar despite escalation of U.S.-China trade war

via The Japan Times    Sep 18, 2018

Stocks extended gains substantially Tuesday despite the announcement of a third round of extra U.S. tariffs on Chinese exports.The Nikkei 225 average surged 325.87 points, ...

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