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Oct 26, 2012

Japan govt aims to list Japan Post in three years

TOKYO, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Japan unveiled plans on Friday to
list shares of state-owned Japan Post Holdings Co, which runs
the country’s biggest savings institution, within three years to
raise money to rebuild areas devastated by last year’s quake,
tsunami and nuclear crisis.

Postal minister Mikio Shimoji told a news conference that
the government’s shares in the company would be sold down in
stages, but said he was not yet sure about the scale of the
sell-down nor how much money Tokyo could raise.

Oct 23, 2012

Sony to close Tokyo tech center to trim costs

TOKYO, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Sony Corp plans to shut
operations in a Tokyo office building that houses 8 percent of
its Japan staff, one of the first concrete moves by the
electronics and entertainment company to pave the way for 4,000
job cuts.

The move, part of a still-unfolding restructuring under
Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai, had not been previously disclosed.

Oct 4, 2012

Japan’s giant pension fund eyes property, private equity

TOKYO, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The head of Japan’s Government
Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the world’s biggest public
pension fund, said it may venture into alternative assets, such
as infrastructure and private equity funds, as an ageing
population puts more stress on the pension system.

Looking around for new and better investment returns is
vital for the fund as for the past three years it has been
paying out more in benefits than it receives in contributions to
the national pension system.

Oct 4, 2012

Island plans by Tokyo’s nationalist governor may stoke fresh China tensions

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, a fiery nationalist whose failed bid to buy a group of disputed islands ignited a crisis with China, is pushing ahead with a plan to build structures there to hammer home Japan’s claim, officials involved told Reuters.

Although such a move is not imminent, it would be certain to strain Japan’s already shaky relations with China and could prompt a rebuke from the Obama administration, which has urged both sides to ease tensions by setting aside the dispute.

Sep 28, 2012

Mitsubishi targets growth of tiny property funding business

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s top trading house Mitsubishi Corp (8058.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is expanding its small real estate financing business to benefit from rising property purchases by foreign investors in the country and an expected jump in refinancing of loans, a senior executive said.

Diamond Realty Management Inc, a real estate asset management firm wholly owned by Mitsubishi, aims to raise 10 billion yen ($128 million) from Japanese investors in a second fund as early as March to provide mezzanine financing for deals, Diamond Realty’s CEO-designate Takashi Tsuji said in an interview.

Sep 14, 2012

Japanese court delays decision on Elpida restructuring plans

TOKYO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – A Japanese court has delayed its
ruling on two competing plans to restructure failed chipmaker
Elpida Memory Inc, a source with direct knowledge of
the matter said.

Elpida filed for bankruptcy in February in the largest
corporate failure among Japanese manufacturers. Saddled with 482
billion yen ($6.22 billion) in liabilities, Elpida has agreed to
be bought by U.S. rival Micron Technology Inc.

Sep 11, 2012

Gourmet “standing” restaurant a Tokyo hit

TOKYO (Reuters) – “Standing” bars – where customers stand to drink – are currently popular in Tokyo, but now the former chef from a Michelin-starred restaurant has taken the concept to a whole new level by serving gourmet food.

Hiroshi Shimada, who once worked at the three-starred Tokyo restaurant Azabu Yukimura, opened “Shimada” in the city’s fashionable Ginza district in January, and now has diners lining up to sample dishes similar to what he used to create for customers before – at a third or less of the cost.

Sep 11, 2012

World Chefs: Gourmet “standing” restaurant a Tokyo hit

TOKYO, Sept 11 (Reuters) – “Standing” bars – where customers
stand to drink – are currently popular in Tokyo, but now the
former chef from a Michelin-starred restaurant has taken the
concept to a whole new level by serving gourmet food.

Hiroshi Shimada, who once worked at the three-starred Tokyo
restaurant Azabu Yukimura, opened “Shimada” in the city’s
fashionable Ginza district in January, and now has diners lining
up to sample dishes similar to what he used to create for
customers before – at a third or less of the cost.

Aug 14, 2012

Elpida bondholders offer $383 mln loan in rival plan

TOKYO, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A group of bondholders in Elpida
Memory has put forward an alternative restructuring
plan for the failed chipmaker, putting pressure on Micron
Technology Inc to increase its takeover offer for Elpida.

The bondholders, who believe U.S.-based Micron is acquiring
Elpida too cheaply, offered to lend 30 billion yen ($383
million) to the bankrupt firm to help it restructure in a plan
presented to the Tokyo District Court, and put Elpida’s value at
more than 300 billion yen.

Jul 10, 2012

Elpida bondholders to vote against Micron plan: document

TOKYO (Reuters) – A group of Elpida Memory Inc (ELPDF.PK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) bondholders will vote against Micron Technology Inc’s (MU.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plan to acquire the bankrupt Japanese chipmaker for about $750 million, arguing that it undervalues the company’s assets, a court filing shows.

In a filing to a Tokyo district court on July 9, the bondholders said they would present an alternative proposal to counter Micron’s offer. The bondholders, which did not disclose their identities, said they were multi-billion dollar international funds investing on behalf of clients including Japanese and global pension funds.