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Japan’s tankan economic survey shows sentiment remains flat

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2018

A key quarterly economic survey by the Bank of Japan shows sentiment among large manufacturers remained unchanged. | AFP-JIJI

A key quarterly economic survey by the Bank of Japan shows sentiment among large manufacturers remained unchanged between November and December, even as worries about ...

China to revise ‘Made in China 2025’ tech plan, WSJ reports

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2018

China plans to give foreign companies greater access to its economy and is drafting a replacement of its plan to dominate advanced technologies by 2025, ...

Inside Huawei’s secret research HQ, China is shaping a future that’s less reliant on U.S. tech

By Mark Bergen
- via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2018

Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China | AP

The surprise arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., has thrust the company into a political firestorm and deepened a core ...

Ex-Ford Argentina execs sentenced in dictator-era corporate support of torture

via The Japan Times    Dec 12, 2018

Family members of ex-Ford Motor Co. employees watch the sentencing of former Ford Motor Co. executives who are charged with crimes against humanity for allegedly targeting Argentine union workers after the country's 1976 military coup, in Buenos Aires Tuesday. The court sentenced to prison factory manufacturing director Pedro Muller and security manager Hector Francisco Sibilla for helping agents of the country's former dictatorship round up Argentine union workers who were tortured and held in military jails. | AP

An Argentine court on Tuesday sentenced two former Ford Motor Co. executives to prison for helping agents of the country’s former dictatorship round up 24 ...

Google seen ‘taking steps’ to open Vietnam office in line with new law hit for targeting dissent

via The Japan Times    Dec 12, 2018

Google is taking steps to set up an office in Vietnam to comply with a new law, Hanoi said Tuesday, as the communist country prepares ...

GOP-led Congress grills Google CEO on China, privacy and allege bias against conservatives

via The Japan Times    Dec 12, 2018

Google CEO Sundar Pichai appears before the House Judiciary Committee to be questioned about the internet giant's privacy security and data collection, on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday. Pichai angered members of a Senate panel in September by declining their invitation to testify about foreign governments' manipulation of online services to sway U.S elections. | AP

Questions on privacy, data collection, China, Russia —and especially political bias — dominated Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s grilling before Congress Tuesday.House Majority Leader Kevin McCarth...

SoftBank may sell stake in chip firm Nvidia in 2019, could make $3 billion: sources

via The Japan Times    Dec 12, 2018

A pedestrian holding a mobile phone walks past a logo of SoftBank Corp in front of its branch in Tokyo in 2013. | REUTERS

SoftBank Group Corp. is planning to offload its stake in Nvidia Corp. early next year as shares in the graphics chipmaker continue to slide, according ...

Japan’s machinery orders rose a weaker-than-expected 7.6% in October

via The Japan Times    Dec 12, 2018

Core private-sector machinery orders rose a weaker-than-expected 7.6 percent in October from the previous month, government data showed Wednesday, suggesting capital expenditure is leveling off ...

Tokyo stocks rebound sharply on bargain hunting

via The Japan Times    Dec 12, 2018

Stocks rallied sharply on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Wednesday, bolstered by bargain hunting following their recent plunges.The 225-issue Nikkei average rose 454.73 points, or ...

Protesters at U.N. climate talks disrupt U.S. event pitching fossil fuel and clean coal tech

via The Japan Times    Dec 11, 2018

Environmental activists protest fossil fuel in front of the the venue of the COP24 U.N. Climate Change Conference 2018 in Katowice, Poland, Monday. | GENCJA GAZETA / GRZEGORZ CELEJEWSKI / VIA REUTERS

Groups representing indigenous peoples and youth disrupted a U.S. government event at United Nations climate talks Monday, criticizing the Trump administration’s policy of backing the ...

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