The yen's steep decline has burnished the outlook for Japanese stocks, prompting analysts to raise profit forecasts for currency-sensitive exporters and foreign investors to plough $17 billion into the market.
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Sony said it has agreed to sell its U.S.headquarters building in New York City for $1.1 billion to a consortium led by real estate developer The Chetrit Group.
Sony, which has spent several years shrinking its television unit, plans to expand sales from next year once the business has stopped losing money, chief executive Kazuo Hirai said on Thursday.
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Sony has put a one of its main buildings in central Tokyo up for sale in a deal that could raise as much as 100 billion yen ($1.14 billion) as the company seeks to sell non-core assets to generate cash to improve its balance sheet, people with direct knowledge of the deal said.
Japan's Panasonic may see its headcount fall further and may sell non-core money-making business units to raise cash, president Kazuhiro Tsuga told reporters at the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
Stocks finished lower for the second session Tuesday, as investors remained on the sidelines ahead of what is expected to be a weak fourth-quarter earnings season.
Nintendo year-end sales of its Wii U games console were steady, though not as strong as when its Wii predecessor was first launched, the Japanese game maker's top executive told Reuters on Monday.
Two thirds of the 420,000 patrol cars in the United States are equipped with Panasonic's rugged Toughbook computers, and chief Kazuhiro Tsuga sees the niche product as a model for how the sprawling conglomerate can make money beyond a gadget mass market increasingly dominated by Samsung Electronics and Apple.
Foxconn is expanding in Brazil, where many plants make Apple products to avoid import taxes on goods sent from China, The FT reports.
This year's Consumer Electronics Show will have three major themes: PCs, mobile, and TV.
The Japanese government plans to spend up to 1 trillion yen ($11.6 billion) to buy machinery and factories from domestic manufacturers in a bid to strengthen Japan industrial competitiveness by providing funds for new corporate investments, the Nikkei business daily said on Monday.
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"MGM and Warner Brothers are going to make their money back" with "The Hobbit," says one critic, "but I don't think it's going to be the huge cultural phenomenon we saw with 'The Lord of the Rings'."
An LDP win will usher in a government committed to a tough stance in a territorial row with China, a pro-nuclear energy policy, a potentially risky prescription for hyper-easy monetary policy and big fiscal spending to beat deflation and tame the yen.
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Bilbo Baggins is under a lot of pressure. Not only does he have to free a dwarf kingdom, but MGM is counting on him to pave the way for its IPO.
A U.S. jury on Thursday found that Apple's iPhone infringed three patents owned by holding company MobileMedia Ideas, though damages have not yet been determined.