Japan Inc.'s goodwill climbs to record 29tn yen

Japanese accounting standards require fixed-amount amortization ... But this means the companies are shouldering the risk of sizable write-downs down the line, if acquired business' earnings slide significantly. "Companies rushing to mergers and ... ( read original story ...)

Japan's energy future hinges on diplomatic prowess

TOKYO -- After Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko met with Sultan Ahmed al Jaber, the United Arab Emirates' state minister and CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil, in January in the emirate, he breathed a big sigh of relief. The UAE ... ( read original story ...)

Global shares mixed ahead of G-20 finance meeting in Germany

TOKYO (AP) - Global markets were mixed Friday as investors awaited a meeting of finance and economic ministers of the Group of 20 industrial countries. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 lost 0.1 percent in early trading to 5,007.66, while Germany's DAX fell 0 ... ( read original story ...)

Japan's Nikkei edges down, set for weekly drop

TOKYO, March 17 Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Friday morning, as the yen held steady against the dollar after the U.S. Federal Reserve signalled fewer interest rate hikes than some investors had expected. The Nikkei shed 0.3 percent to 19,523 ... ( read original story ...)

LG aims to double sales in Japan with new flat-screens

president of LG Electronics Japan, told The Nikkei. The organic light-emitting diode flat-screens hitting the streets in April come in three series and four models. The 65-inch model of the OLED W7P series is 3.9mm thick from the back to the screen ... ( read original story ...)