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June 26, 2000
After years of financial turmoil, Japan is starting to make the changes it needs to resume its role as a global economic leader. Starting today, the IBEAR Executive Programs at USC launches a three-day seminar aimed at understanding these changes and shaping strategies for U.S. companies to pursue business deals in today's Japan. USC faculty members and U.S. and Japanese executives will discuss such issues as how large Japanese corporations function, trends in U.S.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Meg James
Less than three years after launching a leading online video subscription service in Japan, Hulu has decided to bow out of the country. Santa Monica-based Hulu has agreed to sell its Hulu Japan subscription service to Japan's Nippon Television Network Corp., the companies announced late Thursday. "We have now reached a point in the growth of the business in Japan where we feel the best path forward is to sell the company to a strategic buyer," Hulu Chief Executive Mike Hopkins wrote in a blog post announcing the divestiture of one of the company's most ambitious projects.
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NEWS
October 21, 1995 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During his stint as a U.S. Commerce Department trade negotiator during the mid-1980s, Clyde Prestowitz wondered why the Japanese side seemed to know about the divisions within the American team over semiconductor talks and about the contents of his briefing book. Prestowitz never learned how Japanese officials acquired their knowledge. But he and other U.S. officials assumed they were being bugged and took care to make important calls only over secure lines in the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
The Bank of Japan's closely watched tankan business survey came in flat for the quarter ended in March, suggesting any turnaround in the recession-hit economy will be slow. Pessimists outnumbered optimists as the index of confidence among large manufacturers held at minus 38, the same as for the quarter ended in December. Economists expected the index to rise to minus 35.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
Japan business confidence rose less than expected this quarter, a Ministry of Finance survey said today, and further gains are seen as limited, evidence businesses expect the economy to slow. Separately, the government said Japan's broadest measure of trade fell 28.6% in October from the same month a year ago. The current account surplus decreased to $6.93 billion, measured before adjustment for seasonal factors, the Finance Ministry said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Meg James
Less than three years after launching a leading online video subscription service in Japan, Hulu has decided to bow out of the country. Santa Monica-based Hulu has agreed to sell its Hulu Japan subscription service to Japan's Nippon Television Network Corp., the companies announced late Thursday. "We have now reached a point in the growth of the business in Japan where we feel the best path forward is to sell the company to a strategic buyer," Hulu Chief Executive Mike Hopkins wrote in a blog post announcing the divestiture of one of the company's most ambitious projects.
BUSINESS
July 6, 1992 | HAL FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A start-up company usually develops a domestic market before taking a risky plunge abroad. But an Irvine firm that had been unable to rent cellular phones to business travelers in the United States decided to try the same strategy in the tough Japanese market, and the plan is paying off. TravelPhone rents portable phones to Japanese traveling to the United States on business. The phones provide a consistent number that allows an executive's home office to reach him no matter what city he's in.
NEWS
August 3, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
The Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday accused Japanese companies of using advertising and marketing practices that are offensive to American blacks. The lawmakers accused three Japanese firms of producing products and mannequins that show blacks in a degrading light. One firm, the Sanrio Co., has said its line of toys and beachwear, which portray Little Black Sambo with large white eyes and a round, black face, was not meant to offend blacks. Another, the Yamato Mannequin Co.
BUSINESS
June 6, 1999 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
TOKYO A Japanese variety show recently sent camera crews out to see what the average person on the street here thought about the year 2000 computer problem. In Japanese, however, the expression for Y2K sounds a lot like "juvenile delinquency." "It's a huge problem," several people said intently. "All these young people nowadays just hang out without jobs and make trouble all day."
BUSINESS
March 12, 1994 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under immense pressure from the United States over its huge trade surpluses, Japan has begun making concessions to American demands. But whether Tokyo will offer enough to head off a worsening of the trade dispute remains highly doubtful. An argument over access to Japan's cellular telephone market is very close to settlement, and Japanese auto makers have begun announcing steps to boost the purchase of American auto parts.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
Japan's business confidence fell to its lowest level in more than two years last quarter as the nation's economic slump deepened and terrorist attacks heightened prospects of a global recession. The Bank of Japan's tankan--a confidence index of large manufacturers that was released early today--tumbled to minus 33 from minus 16 three months ago, the lowest since June 1999. That was worse than economists' expectations that the index would drop to minus 29.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
Japan business confidence rose less than expected this quarter, a Ministry of Finance survey said today, and further gains are seen as limited, evidence businesses expect the economy to slow. Separately, the government said Japan's broadest measure of trade fell 28.6% in October from the same month a year ago. The current account surplus decreased to $6.93 billion, measured before adjustment for seasonal factors, the Finance Ministry said.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Japanese business confidence is expected to rise to its best in nearly three years, a central bank survey will probably show, adding to expectations that interest rates might rise as early as this month. The Bank of Japan's quarterly tankan survey is predicted to show the sentiment index for large manufacturers at -3 in June, up from -9 in March, according to a median of 23 forecasts in a Bloomberg survey.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2000
After years of financial turmoil, Japan is starting to make the changes it needs to resume its role as a global economic leader. Starting today, the IBEAR Executive Programs at USC launches a three-day seminar aimed at understanding these changes and shaping strategies for U.S. companies to pursue business deals in today's Japan. USC faculty members and U.S. and Japanese executives will discuss such issues as how large Japanese corporations function, trends in U.S.
BUSINESS
July 6, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Asian and European stock markets rode a wave of optimism Monday after U.S. stocks topped record highs, a Japanese central bank survey showed improving business sentiment and a French giant made a bid to create the world's No. 4 oil company. Tokyo's Nikkei-225 index climbed 1.1% to close at 18,135.06, its highest level in more than 21 months, while Hong Kong stocks gained more than 2% and South Korean shares rose more than 3% Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1999 | LEO SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Paula business consultant William Irion has heard many of the common preconceptions of what it's like to transact business in Japan, and he'd like to offer a different perspective. "People say they're in a recession, so no one's buying anything; it's impossible to do business there; it's expensive--but all these things that used to be are not necessarily still the case," Irion said.
BUSINESS
October 4, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Stocks in Tokyo opened higher today on news that Japanese business confidence surged to a 21-month high in September in a strong signal that companies are benefiting from the economy's recovery from last year's recession. But companies remain reluctant to translate that optimism into increased investment, symptomatic of the uneven recovery. The Bank of Japan's quarterly tankan index of large manufacturers' confidence rose to minus 22 from minus 37 in June.
BUSINESS
April 19, 1987 | LESLIE BERKMAN, Times Staff Writer
Orange County will soon join Dallas in the limelight of a television series. The success of the new series, however, will not be measured in Nielsen ratings but in the yen it can attract; the show is targeted for Japanese businessmen. The three-hour, three-part series portraying Orange County's business and investment potential is scheduled to air early this summer in Los Angeles on Channel 18's Japan News Magazine and later on two major networks in Japan.
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