Growing China-Japan tensions could help U.S. economy

Sep 25, 2012
The ongoing fight between China and Japan over a chain of islands continues, and now it has Toyota is scaling back production of its luxury Lexus models because of reduced demand in China.
Posted In: China, Japan, free trade

Chinese protest Japanese companies during island dispute

Sep 17, 2012
Several major Japanese companies are shutting down some operations in China, citing concerns about the safety of their workers.
Posted In: China, Japan, dispute, protests

Japan considers ending nuclear power

Sep 14, 2012
Today, Japanese government officials announced a bold new energy plan. The policy -- which still needs approval from the cabinet -- would end the use of nuclear power in Japan by 2040.
Posted In: Japan, nuclear

Tensions grow between China and Japan over islands

Aug 20, 2012
In China over the weekend, activists smashed shop windows and overturned cars in a wave of anti-Japanese protests. The protests center around a couple of uninhabited, rocky islands in the East China Sea.
Posted In: China, Japan

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