Japan Forward: Sep 2012, Wk 2

長月[naga-tsuki]: Japanese traditional expression of September (Calligraphy: Akiko Fujii)

"Sapporo ¥200 billion biz plan stands""Komatsu to train Russia engineers" -- and nine more news headlines that will tell you how Japan goes forward.


Itochu in talks to buy Dole units
Bloomberg
Friday, Sep. 14, 2012
Trading company Itochu Corp. is in talks to buy the packaged-foods business and a unit in Asia from Dole Food Co., the U.S.-based producer and distributor of fruits and vegetables….(Japan Times)

TSE, OSE to merge markets in 2013
Jiji
Friday, Sep. 14, 2012
The Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Osaka Securities Exchange will integrate their capital stock markets for all shares except those relating to startups in July 2013, sources said Thursday….(Japan Times)

Tokyu Hands Southeast Asia-bound
Jiji
Friday, Sep. 14, 2012
Lifestyle retailer Tokyu Hands Inc. will expand into Southeast Asia in fiscal 2013, according to its president, Shinji Sakaki….(Japan Times)

JAL Narita-Heathrow jets to get revamped seats
By MIZUHO AOKI
Staff writer
Friday, Sep. 14, 2012
Japan Airlines Co. said Thursday it will upgrade the seats in its Boeing 777-300ER jets starting next year in a bid to beef up its international competitiveness….(Japan Times)

Mazda sets up venture in Malaysia
Kyodo
Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012
Mazda Motor Corp. said it has set up a joint venture in Malaysia with Bermaz Motor Sdn. Bhd. in an attempt to expand vehicle sales….(Japan Times)

Denso plans third Indonesian plant
Kyodo
Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2012
NAGOYA — Denso Corp. said Tuesday it will set up a factory in Indonesia to manufacture a range of auto parts, including engine control units and variable cam timing control systems, to satisfy growing demand by Japanese carmakers….(Japan Times)

Sapporo ¥200 billion biz plan stands
Bloomberg
Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012
Sapporo Holdings Ltd., which last month cut its profit forecast, will invest as much as ¥200 billion over five years to boost growth and consider acquisitions to expand in food and soft drinks….(Japan Times)

Nomura CEO: Overseas units to see '14 profit
Bloomberg
Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012
Koji Nagai, who took over as Nomura Holdings Inc.'s chief executive officer last month, said he plans to make overseas operations profitable by June 2014….(Japan Times)

International flights resume from crisis-hit Fukushima
Kyodo
Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012
FUKUSHIMA — Fukushima Airport resumed international flight services Monday when a plane left for Shanghai, marking the first such flight since the prefecture was hit by March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant catastrophe….(Japan Times)

Komatsu to train Russia engineers
Kyodo
Saturday, Sep. 8, 2012
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — Komatsu Ltd. has agreed with Russia's Far Eastern Federal University to help students acquire knowledge and skills in construction, mining and road machinery….(Japan Times)

Toyota might build third auto base in burgeoning India
JIJI
Saturday, Sep. 8, 2012
Nagoya — Toyota Motor Corp. is considering building a new automobile plant in India to meet growing demand there, it was learned Friday….(Japan Times)

Courtesy Japan Times

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