Japanese economy grows at just 1.4%

Aug 13, 2012
New figures out this morning show Japan's economy is slowing down. It grew at a rate of 1.4 percent in the latest three month period. That's down sharply from the previous quarter.
Posted In: Japan

Japanese electronic companies suffer losses

Aug 2, 2012
In Japan, two big electronics companies are reporting disappointing earnings this morning. Sony is reporting a $316 million quarterly loss. And Sharp announced a $1.2 billion loss, which was much worse than expected.
Posted In: Sony, consumer electronics, Japan

In Japan, an effort to crowdsource radiation information

Jul 17, 2012
In Japan, the radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident is going nowhere fast. And in many cases, it's not clear where the radiation's OK, and where it's not. That's where a group called SafeCast comes in.
Posted In: Japan, nuclear, Fukushima, radiation

Government report blames Fukushima disaster on culture

Jul 5, 2012
A Japanese government report on the Fukushima nuclear crisis puts the blame squarely on culture -- namely, a cozy relationship between politicians, regulators and the nuclear power industry. It goes so far as to suggest the accident might have occurred even without an earthquake and tsunami.
Posted In: Japan, tsunami, Tepco

Japan subsidizes solar power industry

Jul 2, 2012
The new government initiative could lift the land of the rising sun to second place among the world's solar energy markets.
Posted In: Japan, solar

Japan wants to double national sales tax to fix deficit

Jun 26, 2012
A government plan would increase the nation's sales tax from 5 percent to 10 percent. Critics say this would affect consumer spending.
Posted In: sales tax, Japan

China and Japan cut out the middleman

May 29, 2012
China and Japan move to trade each other's currencies directly, without using the U.S. dollar to set the exchange rate. The change is a new step toward a world where the dollar is not last word in global currencies.
Posted In: yuan, yen, dollar, China, Japan

Tsunami trash headed to our Pacific shores

May 3, 2012
And no one has clue who will pay for the clean-up of tons of debris.
Posted In: Japan, tsunami

Japanese prime minister visits the U.S.

Apr 30, 2012
The Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda, is in Washington today for meetings with President Obama. There are tensions over the U.S. military in Japan, but moves toward closer cooperation on energy and trade.
Posted In: Japan

Japan: Over the hill?

Apr 30, 2012
Amid cries of a "lost decade" and economic stagnation, the real Japan looks and feels much different.
Posted In: Japan, innovation