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Toyota on Wednesday said it was on track to book a record US$17.5 billion full-year net profit, as Japan's major automakers wrapped up a bumper earnings season, but the industry is facing headwinds from slower demand at home and in China.
Toyota races to record profit, China flashes red signal

 

Japanese sushi maestro Jiro Ono, whose creations were recently enjoyed by U.S. President Barack Obama and are reputedly the best in the world, warned Tuesday of a sea change in ingredients due to overfishing.
Japan star sushi chef warns against overfishing

 

Japan's SoftBank said Tuesday net profit in the first six months of its fiscal year jumped by more than a third, thanks to a US$5.0 billion-dollar gain from its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.
 

Nissan said Tuesday its half-year net profit rose 25 percent to US$2.3 billion, lifted by strong North American sales and new models, with a sharply weaker yen also boosting the Japanese automaker's bottom line.
 

Japanese writer Haruki Murakami has chided his country for shirking responsibility for its World War II aggression and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in an interview published Monday.
 

Japanese police have launched a criminal investigation after the bodies of around 40 dogs were found dumped by a river in the east of the country, officials said Saturday.
 

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) ramped up its vast monetary easing program Friday — sending the yen plunging and stocks soaring — in a surprise move aimed at reviving growth just as the Federal Reserve winds down its own stimulus spree.
 

Sony said Thursday its net loss for the April-September period ballooned to nearly US$1.0 billion, as the embattled electronics firm continues to struggle in the cutthroat smartphone business.
 

Japan Airlines (JAL) said Friday its net profit for the April-September period slipped 2.0 percent to US$724 million as a weak yen pushed up fuel costs, but the carrier also revised up its full-year earnings forecast.
 

As a Japanese schoolgirl in the 1970s, Kazumi Kaminaga had never seen something as cute as Hello Kitty when she first laid eyes on the moon-faced, mouthless character in a shop.
Hello Kitty at 40, giving adults a 'license to play'

 

Takata shares dropped in Tokyo on Wednesday after reports that the embattled Japanese auto parts maker is facing a U.S. class-action lawsuit over an air-bag defect that may have killed several drivers.
 

A man in his 40s arrived at Haneda Airport from London with a fever on Monday afternoon, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. In light of concerns over the Ebola outbreak, he will be screened for any signs of the virus.
 

Support for the administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has slumped after the resignation of two female ministers, an opinion poll showed Sunday.
 

Japan's industry minister was under renewed pressure on Friday over his stake in the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant that he oversees, just a day after admitting his underlings had spent office cash at a sex bar.
 
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