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Hot competition for the humble zipper

Combine two rows of fine teeth that lock together, a slider and a tab, and all of a sudden you have a quick way of securely closing a bag, jacket or pair of pants - a zipper...

By François Lévêque 9 Apr 2019

JAPAN

Nippon Steel swings to profit for April-June quarter

Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal said Friday, 28 July, it returned to profit in the April-June quarter thanks to brisk demand from the auto sector...

31 Jul 2017

JAPAN

Nippon Steel holds off profit target on price uncertainty

Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal said on Friday, 28 April, it would not give a profit target for the current fiscal year owing to uncertainty over prices for raw materials and finished products...

2 May 2017

JAPAN

Sony sells US-based online game unit

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's Sony has sold its online gaming unit to a US investment firm, in a move that should free it to make titles for consoles other than PlayStation...

4 Feb 2015

JAPAN

Toshiba's profits of ¥30,8bn in six months

TOKYO, JAPAN: Toshiba said its half-year net profit rose by about 43% from a year ago, largely owing to a weak yen and strong sales in its infrastructure business.

31 Oct 2014

JAPAN

Fujitsu's profits up by 31,5%

TOKYO, JAPAN: Fujitsu said its half-year net profit jumped by nearly a third on rising IT investments among Japanese firms, but a recent economic downturn took a toll on results in the September quarter.

31 Oct 2014

JAPAN

Japan Display warns of enormous losses

TOKYO, JAPAN: Shares in Apple supplier Japan Display slumped more than 18% in Tokyo after the world's biggest manufacturer of screens for smartphones and tablets warned it would post an annual net loss.

17 Oct 2014

JAPAN

Huge demand for iPhone 6 from Chinese buyers

TOKYO, JAPAN: Buyers from China, deprived of the latest iPhone launch at home, were among the first in line in Japan to grab the iPhone 6.

22 Sep 2014

JAPAN

Sony warns it will lose $2.14bn this year

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony has said the company will lose at least $2.14bn this fiscal year, more than four-times its earlier forecast and blamed a downturn in its mobile phone business for the losses.

18 Sep 2014

JAPAN

Nintendo's loses $97m in three months

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese videogame manufacturer Nintendo posted a $97 million quarterly net loss, with higher costs tied to sales of its Wii U console hurting into its bottom line as worldwide sales weakened.

31 Jul 2014

JAPAN

Toyota's fuel cell car will cost $70 000

TOKYO, JAPAN - Japanese car manufacturer Toyota will start selling its first fuel cell sedan in March next year with a price tag of around ¥7m ($70 000).

26 Jun 2014

JAPAN

Nissan new e-NV200 electric car

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN: Nissan has unveiled its second all-electric vehicle, the e-NV200, the Japanese car manufacturer's latest push into the eco-friendly car sector despite disappointing sales.

10 Jun 2014

JAPAN

Toyota recalls 520,000 vehicles globally

TOKYO, JAPAN: Toyota has recalled about 520,000 vehicles, mostly in North America, over several issues including cable corrosion that could see unused spare tyres fall off.

27 May 2014

JAPAN

Sony counting on high-definition television for rescue

TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony's Chief Executive, Kazuo Hirai pledged to drag the embattled electronics company out of a painful restructuring in the current fiscal year using its high-definition technology as a possible saviour for its money-losing TV unit.

23 May 2014

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