Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. announced on Friday that they will enter a business and capital alliance to jointly develop electric vehicles.
Toshiba Corp. must clear three hurdles to keep its shares from being delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
But monetary easing measures propping up the world's third-largest economy will remain in place.
Japan's exports increased 14.9 percent from a year earlier to 5.85 trillion yen (US$52.7 billion) in May, marking the sixth straight month of increase, the government said Monday.
Japanese technology giant Toshiba Corp.'s last-gasp strategy for staying afloat -- selling its prized computer chip operations -- may buy the company time but is no cure-all.
Tokyo stocks fell Friday as energy firms were hit by an OPEC decision not to cut output more to buoy oil prices, but videogame giant Nintendo hit an eight-year high on rosy sales prospects.
Japan's core consumer price index climbed to a two-year high in April of 0.3 percent, as costs for energy rose.
Asia needs all the help it can get in fighting poverty as both wealthy and poor nations grapple with widening inequality, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday.
Tokyo shares rose Monday as investors cheered the yen's weakness as well as a deal on the U.S. budget which, if approved, will avert a government shutdown.
Japan's exports rose at a faster-than-expected 12 percent pace in March, while imports jumped nearly 16 percent from a year earlier, the government said Thursday.