Hiroshi Hiyama

‘Unfairly detained’: Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn protests innocence

Carlos Ghosn faces a host of allegations of financial impropriety

Fukushima: Japan PM pledges greater government involvement

Japan's Shinzo Abe says his government will play a greater role in stopping leaks of radioactive water as a result of the Fukushima disaster.

Japan picks Shinzo Abe as next prime minister

Japan has elected Shinzo Abe, a hawkish leader who promised to get tough on diplomacy while fixing the economy, to be their new prime minister.

Japanese scientist unveils ‘thinking’ robot brain

A "neural network" has been developed for robots that lets them learn how to perform a new task by "thinking" things through -- or googling it.

Pounding rain fuels radiation fears in Japan

Driving rain on Monday disrupted rescue efforts in Japan and compounded the misery of disaster survivors now fearing radioactive fallout.

N Korean nuclear talks break up in disarray

Six-nation talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear-weapons programme broke up on Thursday following four days of deadlock, throwing efforts to implement a disarmament accord into disarray. North Korea's chief envoy Kim Kye-Gwan abruptly abandoned the talks and flew home on Thursday afternoon.

YouTube agrees to Japanese copyright warning

Japanese copyright holders on Wednesday urged YouTube to do more to tackle unauthorised uploads after the popular video-sharing website agreed to post an infringement warning in Japanese. YouTube's current policy is to refuse users who violate copyrights three times.

Toshiba takes DVD war to stores with first new player

The race to set the industry standard for high-definition DVDs swept into Japan's stores Friday as Toshiba put on sale its first next-generation player. Supporters of the HD DVD format pushed by Toshiba and NEC are vying with the rival Blu-ray format, led by Panasonic and Sony, in a replay of the VHS-Betamax battle between two types of video cassette tapes in the late 1970s.

Japan learns of Princess Kiko’s pregnancy

Japan learned on Tuesday that the wife of the emperor's second son is pregnant, throwing a sudden question mark over controversial moves to end male-only succession in the world's oldest monarchy. No boy has been born to the imperial family since 1965, spelling crisis for an imperial line that legend holds has been uninterrupted for more than 2 600 years.

Cartoon girls learn to be Japan’s latest pop envoys

On television around the world and even toasted by the Japanese embassy in Washington, Yumi Yoshimura and Ami Onuki, the two 30-something women who form the duo "Puffy," are learning the unlikely role of Japanese pop ambassadors. Puffy have suddenly succeeded where few Japanese pop artists have before -- finding a fan base overseas.

Sony announces massive job cuts

Sony boss Howard Stringer, under pressure to reverse a slump at the electronics icon, announced 10 000 job cuts on Thursday but renewed his vision of the group as an electronics-to-entertainment colossus. Sony also issued its second profit warning this year, forecasting a net loss of 10-billion yen (-million).

Parliament takes up reforms after Koizumi landslide

Japan's Parliament went to work on Wednesday on breaking up the massive post office after the landslide election victory of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, whose popularity keeps on rising. Hours before the 42-day special session opened, Koizumi's Cabinet resigned, a formality in the wake of the September 11 general election, in which reforming the Japanese economy was the key issue.

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