March 7, 1995 |
Providing fresh evidence of how some Japanese markets are kept closed, Japan's Fair Trade Commission on Monday accused nine electrical machinery makers of illegal bid rigging. Among the firms accused of anti-competitive practices are some of Japan's most famous electronics firms, including Hitachi Ltd., Toshiba Corp. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
February 17, 1995 |
The builder proudly patted the all-American home--designed by California architects, constructed with Seattle carpenters and made from 2-by-4 wooden planks from Washington state. "We've built 300 imported homes . . . in Kobe and not one was damaged in the earthquake, while many traditional Japanese homes collapsed," said H. Kohda, director of Sumitomo Fudosan Home Co.
February 1, 1995 |
Hiroshi Murakami's post-earthquake struggle began when he rescued his wife from the rubble of their home here. Now he is struggling to stave off a bidding war for housing that threatens to impede a frantic search by as many as 150,000 families to find a place to live.
January 22, 1995 |
Every sizable earthquake teaches lessons, some of them easier for society to accept and act upon than others. When it is adjustments to procedures for an automatic shut-off of natural gas under heavy shaking, changes may be relatively easy. When it becomes apparent that bridge columns or railroad overpasses or embankments ought to be constructed differently, and massive retrofits undertaken, it may be more difficult, but eventually it will be done.
November 29, 1994 |
In Hong Kong, when you think of tunnels, you think of Japan's Kumagai Gumi company. Although the colony's British rulers gave the contract for the first tunnel under Hong Kong harbor--a subway--to a British firm, Kumagai established a foothold for itself when it led construction of the second tunnel--for automobiles.
September 26, 1994 |
Mitsuo Kon and his wife have talked of buying a new home for the past few years. This month, they decided the time had come to make a move. They found a "bargain"--a 1,000-square-foot, $567,000 condominium under construction 45 minutes by train from downtown Tokyo. "Prices are cheaper than two or three years ago. It looks like it's affordable for us," Kon, 56, said after filing an application to buy the unit.