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Regional bank in Japan battles ultra-low rates with wine bar, sea urchins

Regional bank in Japan battles ultra-low rates with wine bar, sea urchins

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Local products that Yamaguchi Financial helps distribute in Japan are displayed at Yamaguchi Financial’s headquarters in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture.  As years of near-zero interest rates in Japan make traditional lending barely profitable, one regional bank is seeking to drum up business through less conventional enterprises, from opening wine bars to helping local fishermen farm sea…

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The Japanese sector driving market returns over the next ten years

The Japanese sector driving market returns over the next ten years

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In a portfolio that is driven by a stockpicking investment process, there is rarely any merit in trying to ascribe thematic reasons to the performance of specific stocks within it. However, in March and more importantly over longer time periods, it is noteworthy that companies that operate platform, outsourcing and intermediaton-related businesses feature prominently in…

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G20 farm ministers urge high-tech push, cross-sector cooperation to feed world’s hungry

G20 farm ministers urge high-tech push, cross-sector cooperation to feed world’s hungry

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Farm minister Takamori Yoshikawa speaks during at a news conference Sunday in Niigata after a G20 ministerial meeting on agricultural issues.  NIIGATA – The Group of Twenty Agriculture Ministers Meeting concluded Sunday with calls to feed a growing global population and promote sustainable agriculture through new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics and drones, and to…

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Honda logs ¥18 billion fiscal quarterly loss, will streamline models

Honda logs ¥18 billion fiscal quarterly loss, will streamline models

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Takahiro Hachigo, president and chief executive officer of Honda Motor Co., attends a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday. Honda’s annual operating profit fell short of the automaker’s own forecast, dragged down by a loss in the fourth quarter. Honda reported a loss for January-March Wednesday, despite growing sales, as an unfavorable exchange rate, income…

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Tokyo stocks plunge further amid U.S.-China trade war fears

Tokyo stocks plunge further amid U.S.-China trade war fears

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Elementary schoolchildren walk past an electronics stock indicator in the window of a securities firm in Tokyo displaying the closing numbers for the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Wednesday. | AFP-JIJI Stocks sank deeper across the board on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Wednesday, as heightened trade tensions between the United States and China continued to chill…

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Japanese companies set goal of 30% female executives by 2030

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Male-dominated business community aims to replicate British success story TOKYO — Major Japanese companies will work to increase the number of female executives at blue chips to 30% from single digits by the end of 2030, joining an ambitious international effort, as the government seeks to promote women in the workforce. Japan’s chapter of the 30% Club…

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Japan’s Economy Is Getting a Lot of Things Right

Japan’s Economy Is Getting a Lot of Things Right

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As Japan’s emperor Akihito prepares to abdicate, what’s known as the Heisei period — Jan. 8, 1989, through April 30, 2019 — draws to a close. Those 30 years will forever be associated with the spectacular asset bubble that burst right at the beginning, and the economic lost decade that followed. Heisei was also when…

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Uber wins $1bn investment from Toyota, SoftBank fund

Uber wins $1bn investment from Toyota, SoftBank fund

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Uber wants to be at the forefront of the driverless car revolution Japanese car giant Toyota and investment fund SoftBank Vision Fund on Friday unveiled an investment of $1 billion in US company Uber to drive forward the development of driverless ridesharing services. The latest cash injection, expected to close in the third quarter this…

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Ambarella and Momenta unveil HD mapping platform for AVs

Ambarella and Momenta unveil HD mapping platform for AVs

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Ambarella announced a collaborative HD mapping platform for autonomous vehicles. The combined solution leverages Ambarella’s CV22AQ CVflow computer vision system-on-chip (SoC) and Momenta’s deep learning algorithms to provide HD map solutions, including mapping, localization for autonomous vehicles, and map updates through crowdsourcing. The CV22AQ is manufactured in an advanced 10-nanometer process, providing the ultra-low power consumption…

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ABB and Porsche will jointly develop next generation electric vehicle chargers in Japan

ABB and Porsche will jointly develop next generation electric vehicle chargers in Japan

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Pioneering technology leader ABB has teamed up with Porsche Japan to develop a dedicated high-power charger for Porsche’s electric vehicles (EVs) in Japan. ABB has entered into an agreement to deliver its market-leading electric vehicle infrastructure for Porsche Japan’s EVs, including Taycan, the automaker’s first fully electric car, set to enter the Japanese market in…

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