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Japan’s NTT to take over Docomo in record deal

Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo will be taken over by its government-backed parent company in a US$40 billion tender offer, the firms said Tuesday, as telecoms competition hots up with 5G on the horizon. The move comes with Docomo and other Japanese telecoms firms…

Japan’s New Prime Minister Vows to Host Olympics Next Year

TOKYO—Japan’s new prime minister said Saturday that he’s determined to host the Tokyo Olympic Games next summer as “proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic.” The 2020 Games were postponed as the coronavirus spread worldwide, and there’s been widespread doubt about their future. Prime Minister…

Japan’s new defense minister a blast from the past

Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, has selected Nobuo Kishi as his minister of defense. Kishi is former prime minister Shinzo Abe’s younger brother, adopted by the Kishi family to maintain the line. Abe’s grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, had a long career as an infamous official…

Suga promises continuity when Japan craves change

In the culmination of a leadership shift that has yielded neither surprise nor drama, ex-Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was signed, stamped and sealed as Japan’s new prime minister after a vote in both houses of the Diet on Wednesday. With Suga’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)…

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe Resigns, Clearing Way for Successor

TOKYO—Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet resigned, clearing the way for his successor to take over after parliamentary confirmation later Wednesday. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, announced last month that he was stepping down because of health problems. “I devoted my body and…

The Tenet Experiment Didn’t Work

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was supposed to be a boon for movie theaters, a light in the darkness after the coronavirus pandemic shut down cinemas for months. Here was an original film from a beloved director, one of the biggest titles of our postponed summer-movie season—surely…

Suga Yoshihide to Become Next Japanese Prime Minister

The majority Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan elected departing Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s chief cabinet secretary, Suga Yoshihide, its president on Monday. 0…

Shinzo Abe’s pet bank gets a new Suga daddy

Yoshihide Suga’s first big decision as Japan’s new prime minister is deciding what directive to give the central bank. To be sure, Suga’s to-do list is long and daunting. It includes who gets the plum cabinet jobs, which world leader gets his first phone call…

Suga era comes into view in Japan

In a result that surprised precisely nobody, Yoshihide Suga became the head of Japan’s ruling party on Monday afternoon. Voted in as the new president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Suga is now a virtual shoe-in for prime minister. That will be confirmed after…

Japan’s Suga Wins Ruling Party Leadership Race to Replace Abe

TOKYO—Japan’s Yoshihide Suga, a long-time ally of outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, won a ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership election on Monday, paving the way for him to become prime minister in a parliamentary vote this week. He is virtually certain to be elected…

Ghosn’s former aide goes on trial in Nissan scandal

The lengthy saga of ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn takes a new turn this week when the auto titan-turned-fugitive’s former assistant Greg Kelly goes on trial on Tuesday in Tokyo. Ghosn’s arrest in the Japanese capital in November 2018 on allegations of financial misconduct made headlines…

How Suga will and won’t change Japan

In Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party leadership race, to be decided on September 14, Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga looks almost certain to become the nation’s next prime minister. Suga, 71, is widely viewed as a “poor boy made good” and noted for his fearsome self-discipline, energetic…

Who You’re Reading When You Read Haruki Murakami

Books are a product unlike most others. Novelists are not iPhones. The new doesn’t render the old obsolete. No matter how much you loved Sally Rooney, you would not suggest that because of her, Oscar Wilde is history. An adoration of Emma Cline would not…

Hong Kong urged to speed up travel bubbles plan

Travel agencies in Hong Kong have urged the government to speed up “travel bubble” plans to let people travel abroad for business and sight-seeing without quarantine. Players in the tourism industry say they have prepared for a possible relaxation of travel restrictions and hope that…

I Accidentally Pandemic-Prepped My House

My obsession with ventilation began long before the pandemic. Five years ago, when I moved from central Tokyo to the coast of Japan, a blanket of humidity seemed to levitate out from the sea and the surrounding mountains, wrapping everything I owned in a moist…

Experts: Japan, India, Australia Plan New Global Supply Chain to Counter China

Japan, India, and Australia are planning a new global supply network and are working out an initiative called the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) to reduce dependency on China, experts say. The initiative is a result of the emerging geopolitics in the post-coronavirus world, they…

Japan’s economy shrank more than estimated in Q2

Japan’s economy shrank slightly more than initially thought in the April-June quarter, official data released Tuesday showed, deepening a contraction that was already the worst in the nation’s modern history. The world’s third-largest economy shrank 7.9% in the second quarter of this year from the…

Passing of an automaking pioneer in Japan

One of the most important automobile industry figures in Asia, Osamu Masuko, died August 27 at 71. As chairman and president, he had kept Mitsubishi Motors Corporation relevant, first by restructuring its operations and then by steering it into the alliance with Renault and Nissan.…

How US should deal with Japan’s next leader

US officials might have been hoping Taro Kono, Japan’s current defense minister, would be the next prime minister. But it almost certainly will be Yoshihide Suga, outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s long-serving chief cabinet secretary.  Suga is what might be called a typical Japanese politician.…

Mob war mirrors race for Japan’s next premier

Japanese politics is often viewed as a deadly dull business. And indeed, the race to take over the premiership, following the August 28 resignation announcement of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is not proving to be high drama. However, if one views the leadership race through…

Over a Million Urged to Evacuate as Typhoon Haishen Closes in on Japan

TOKYO—Typhoon Haishen drew closer to Japan’s southern mainland on Sunday, prompting authorities to recommend evacuation and warn of potentially record rainfall, unprecedented wind, high tides, and large ocean swells. Authorities urged early evacuation for more than 100,000 households in the southern prefectures of Okinawa, Kagoshima,…

Japan Braces for Powerful Typhoon Haishen, Possible Record Rainfall

TOKYO—Japan is bracing for powerful Typhoon Haishen as it bears down on the country’s southwest, with weather forecasters warning of potential record rainfall, violent wind, high waves and tides. The Japan Meteorological Agency has urged residents of Okinawa and Kyushu to exercise maximum caution as…

Japanese firm to set up blockchain stock exchange

SBI Holdings, a Japanese financial giant and a major blockchain-focused institution, is setting up a blockchain-based digital stock exchange, Cointelegraph reports. Yoshitaka Kitao, president and CEO at SBI Holdings, announced the company’s plans to collaborate with Osaka Prefecture to establish a new global financial hub.…

GM, Honda in major automotive alliance

It’s an alliance of automotive titans. The best of Motown and the best of Japan. General Motors and Honda have a deal to share vehicle platforms and technology in North America starting next year, The Detroit Free Press reported.  On Thursday the automakers said they…

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