Rebuilding Japan 2011


Japan M&A advisers mull options post-quake

TOKYO Reuters this week invited three veteran M&A advisers to discuss corporate consolidation in Japan and what role this may play in the wake of the March 11 disaster.


Japan Inc balks at staying put amid quake, power risks

TOKYO The threat of more quakes, power shortages and loss of clientele is forcing Japanese firms to shift more production, much of it offshore and with a new sense of urgency.

Japan retails pour into property, high-yield funds

TOKYO The aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami has seen a rare flow of money into mutual funds based on domestic equities as a bargain-hunting mood took hold, but retail investors are more focused on foreign and property-linked funds with higher returns.


Solar industry ripe for consolidation: executives

TOKYO The solar power industry may be heading for a shake-out as sliding solar cell prices and looming overcapacity spark a round of consolidation and force small and weaker players out of the market, fund managers and industry executives said.


Japan solar power dream alluring for investors

TOKYO It's an unlikely dream for Japan's beleaguered government but one that the worst nuclear accident in 25 years has made more alluring: an urban landscape topped with gleaming solar panels powering a nuclear-free economy.


Nissan's Ghosn: to forecast "significantly higher" sales

TOKYO Nissan Motor Co will forecast "significantly higher" sales for fiscal 2011 on Thursday after restoring production more quickly than expected from a post-quake setback, CEO Carlos Ghosn told a Thomson Reuters Newsmaker event. | Video


Toyota could offset high yen with product mix

TOKYO Toyota Motor Corp could offset some of the pressure on profits from a strong yen by making a higher-priced mix of vehicles in Japan, including top-of-the-line luxury Lexus models, a senior executive said on Wednesday.


SMFG says quake to spur manufacturing consolidation

TOKYO Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group expects increased consolidation in Japanese manufacturing and other sectors as businesses scramble to diversify geographically in the wake of the March 11 disaster.


Japan has ideas, lacks leadership to bounce back

TOKYO Opening up to foreign goods and workers, deregulation, power sector overhaul, fiscal reforms and family-friendly policies is what Japan needs to emerge stronger from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, executives, investors and economists say.


China auto giant could emerge in five years

TOKYO A Chinese automaker could rise up from the nation's fragmented industry to emerge as a global competitor within the next five years through an acquisition of an established automaker, Nissan Motor Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Wednesday.


Japan pensions bet on hedge funds to boost returns

TOKYO Japan's corporate pension funds, hobbled by a sluggish domestic stock market, are raising their allocations to hedge funds as they scramble to boost returns for the country's aging population.