Articles by Yuri Kageyama



Japan Lines Up for PlayStation 3

  • 13 November 06
  • The Associated Press
Sony's PlayStation 3 made its highly anticipated debut in Japan to long lines on Saturday, with local stores selling out their supplies of the video game console in a pattern that's expected to be repeated around the world.

Internet Star Pleads Not Guilty

  • 05 September 06
  • The Associated Press
The trial reflects a struggle between traditional and new business tactics.

Sony Banks on Young Engineers

  • 27 June 06
  • The Associated Press
Howard Stringer, the first foreigner to head Sony, said Monday that the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's turnaround effort was centered on tapping younger software engineers to boost product development.

China-Japan Dispute Clouds Trade

  • 20 April 05
  • The Associated Press
Japanese officials fretted Tuesday about a plunge in travel to China, as tourists canceled trips in droves, amid growing fears about the economic fallout from the worst diplomatic dispute between Tokyo and Beijing in decades.

Mitsubishi Losses Reach $1.4Bln

  • 09 November 04
  • The Associated Press
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Monday that its losses grew in the first half of the fiscal year as the Japanese automaker struggled to recover from an auto-defect scandal that has sent sales plunging.

Ads Turn Subway Into Moving Cinema

  • 03 June 04
  • The Associated Press
The image of the cartwheel-turning schoolboys pops up in the dark tunnel outside the fast-moving subway train car in Japan's first advertisment using a U.S. system that relies on the eye's ability to blend a series of still images into a movie.

Japanese GDP Growth the Fastest in 14 Years

  • 19 February 04
  • The Associated Press
Japan's economy grew a better-than-expected 1.7 percent in the quarter from October through December, the best showing in more than a decade, with strong exports and corporate investments driving the growth.

Look, No Hands! A Car Parks Itself

  • 21 January 04
  • The Associated Press
Your hands don't even need to be touching the steering wheel for it to start spinning back and forth aggressively, all by itself -- slowly guiding the car into the parking spot.

Japan Telecom Hires Ex-Sprint Chiefs

  • 02 October 03
  • The Associated Press
Two former Sprint Corp. executives were picked Wednesday to head Japan's third-biggest telecommunications company, denying any wrongdoing in a tax controversy that led to their departure from the U.S. company.

Camera Phone Tests Its Limits

  • 15 July 03
  • The Associated Press
It may have been inevitable. Now that cellphones with little digital cameras have spread throughout Asia, so have new brands of misbehavior.

Smart Cards Stay Put at Tokyo's Train Stations

  • 19 February 03
  • The Associated Press
Increasingly, Tokyo's commuters are choosing ""smart cards"" over conventional tickets and small change.

Former APEC Star Japan Faces Skeptics at Forum

  • 23 October 02
  • The Associated Press
Japan joins other Pacific Rim nations for a summit this week as a humbled economy, its main worry no longer trade friction with Washington but convincing skeptics on both sides of the Pacific that a rebound is at hand.

Japanese Worried by National ID System

  • 12 August 02
  • The Associated Press
Ever since their computerized ID system switched on a few days ago, Japanese citizens have dropped out in droves from what many resent as a ""big brother"" monitoring of the people.

Robots Face Off on Soccer Pitch

  • 19 June 02
  • The Associated Press
As the World Cup has arrived in Japan with all its feverish frenzy, RoboCup 2002 is expected to draw 193 robot teams from 30 countries to a stadium in Fukuoka city.

Vacuum Cleaners Becoming Smarter

  • 27 March 02
  • The Associated Press
A number of Japanese companies are developing robots to tackle a myriad of domestic chores.

'Special Firms' Drain Tokyo's Budget

  • 21 November 01
  • The Associated Press
In posh offices across Japan, thousands of state employees are overseeing housing loans at absurdly low interest rates or leading a hopeless dig for oil.

Sumitomo, Sakura To Join Forces Early

Mitsubishi to Shed 9,000 Staff

Yeltsin Faces Kurils Showdown in Japan

U.S., Japan Cars Go Separate Ways