Japan is split over joining a China-led development bank, concerned about missing out on the rapidly coalescing global movement for the institution while also worried about alienating ally United States and helping bolster rival China, officials said.
Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) on Wednesday promoted more foreigners to senior posts, including the first woman and first African-American to hold executive titles, diversifying a management team long dominated by Japanese men.
Japan's Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T) will sell only diesel-powered cars in the domestic launch of its key model for 2015, gambling it can convince the country's army of hybrid petrol-electric drivers that the days of sooty, noisy diesels are long gone.
General Motors (GM.N) is to stop making cars in Indonesia, a battleground for global automakers in emerging Southeast Asia, closing an assembly plant, axing some 500 jobs and shifting its branding focus to sport utility vehicles (SUVs).
Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) said on Wednesday it was "impossible" to meet union demands for a 13,300 yen ($112) monthly pay rise, as the automaker concluded the first day of labor talks widely considered crucial for Japan's economic recovery.
Japan's economy rebounded from recession in the final quarter of last year but growth was weaker than expected as household and corporate spending disappointed, underlining the challenge premier Shinzo Abe faces in shaking off decades of stagnation.
Japan's Honda Motor Co sliced 6.5 percent off its core annual profit forecast as it set aside hundreds of millions of dollars in extra cash to cover an extended car recall to replace potentially faulty air bags made by Takata Corp.
Two years into so-called Abenomics - a mix of aggressive monetary and fiscal policy plus structural reform - the Bank of Japan is struggling to reach an ambitious inflation target and convince Japanese that years of deflation are in the past.
The operator of McDonald's in Japan and Cargill Inc have not discovered any link between a Cargill-owned plant inThailand and a strip of plastic found in a chicken nugget this month that sparked uproar over product safety at the fast-food chain.
Japanese manufacturing activity showed sustained growth in December, a survey showed on Monday, suggesting domestic demand continues to recover after the economy fell into a surprise recession last year.
U.S. accusations that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures could force Japan to choose between backing its ally Washington and keeping talks on track with Pyongyang about Japanese citizens abducted decades ago.
Honda Motor Co (7267.T) will soon recall 135,000 vehicles in Japan as recalls in the United States involving potentially defective air bags by Takata Corp (7312.T) expand, a Honda spokeswoman said on Friday.
Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) said on Thursday it would call back 190,000 more vehicles to replace potentially defective air bags made by Takata Corp (7312.T), and Japan's regulator said it may change its recall system to better respond to what it called an "unprecedented" crisis.
The number of workers at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant on false contracts has increased in the last year, the station operator said, highlighting murky labor conditions at the site despite a pledge to improve the work environment.