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Apr 7, 2014

Sun Pharma to buy Ranbaxy in $3.2 billion all-share deal

TOKYO (Reuters) – Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (SUN.NS: Quote, Profile, Research) said it will buy Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd (RANB.NS: Quote, Profile, Research) in a $3.2 billion all-share deal, creating the world’s fifth-largest generic drug maker from two firms struggling with quality issues in the lucrative United States market.

Ranbaxy, India’s biggest drugmaker by sales and 63.4 percent owned by Japan’s Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd, is banned from exporting drug ingredients to the U.S. Sun Pharmaceutical’s Karkhadi plant is also barred from shipping products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Apr 7, 2014

India’s Sun Pharma to buy Ranbaxy in $3.2 bln all-share deal

TOKYO, April 7 (Reuters) – India’s Sun Pharmaceutical
Industries Ltd said it will buy Ranbaxy Laboratories
Ltd in a $3.2 billion all-share deal, creating the
world’s fifth-largest generic drug maker from two firms
struggling with quality issues in the lucrative United States
market.

Ranbaxy, India’s biggest drugmaker by sales and 63.4 percent
owned by Japan’s Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd, is banned from
exporting drug ingredients to the U.S. Sun Pharmaceutical’s
Karkhadi plant is also barred from shipping products by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration.

Mar 14, 2014

Toshiba, SanDisk sue Hynix over suspected flash memory technology leak

TOKYO (Reuters) – Partners Toshiba Corp of Japan and SanDisk Corp of the United States separately filed civil lawsuits against South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc, seeking damages over the suspected theft of data related to their flagship flash memory chip technology used in smartphones and tablet computers.

SK Hynix said on Friday it had not yet received the litigation and had no comment to make. Hynix competes with both Toshiba and SanDisk, partners in flash memory technology for nearly 15 years, in supplying chips to device makers.

Mar 3, 2014

J.Crew could be a good fit for Uniqlo, but not at $5 bln

TOKYO, March 3 (Reuters) – An acquisition of preppy J.Crew
by Fast Retailing could fit snugly between its Uniqlo
basics and more upmarket Theory brands, but the Japanese
clothing firm is likely to balk at the $5 billion price tag
J.Crew is said to be asking for.

One banker in Tokyo, who is not involved with Fast
Retailing’s talks with J.Crew but is familiar with Chief
Executive Tadashi Yanai’s thinking, said the billionaire had
looked at the deal “but would not pay $5 billion for J.Crew.”

Feb 25, 2014

Uniqlo tweaks ‘Made for All’ to give U.S. shoppers a ’3-D’ fit

TOKYO (Reuters) – Fast Retailing Co’s (9983.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) casual clothing brand Uniqlo is rethinking its “Made for All” strategy, looking to offer lower priced lines in smaller Asian cities and more generous sizes to fit the U.S. market, a top executive said on Tuesday.

Asia’s biggest clothing retailer is studying ways to offer a better fit for U.S. consumers – a move that could help Uniqlo expand its customer base in the world’s biggest market as it adds more stores in suburban areas.

Feb 14, 2014

Japan’s Rakuten buys chat app Viber for $900 million to expand digital empire

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc, controlled by billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, will buy call and messaging app provider Viber Media Inc for $900 million in a deal that would more than double the number of users in its digital empire.

Rakuten offers services from financing to shopping to online video on its e-commerce platform, the largest in Japan. But in the face of a shrinking population and weak consumer spending at home, Mikitani is trying to re-invent Rakuten as a one-stop-site for a global audience.

Feb 14, 2014

Japan’s Rakuten says to buy Viber Media for $900 mln

TOKYO, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten
Inc said on Friday it will buy call and messaging app
provider Viber Media Ltd for $900 million, aiming to use the
Cyprus-based company’s network in emerging markets to expand the
reach of its digital content.

Viber, run from Cyprus by Israeli entrepreneur Talmon Marco,
will add 300 million users to Rakuten’s existing 200 million
users, Chief Executive Hiroshi Mikitani told reporters in Tokyo.

Jan 17, 2014

Nintendo warns of full-year loss on weak Wii U, 3DS sales

TOKYO (Reuters) – Nintendo Co Ltd said it expects an operating loss of 35 billion yen ($336 million) for the year to end-March, citing much weaker-than-expected sales of its Wii U and 3DS game machines during the crucial holiday season.

The move reverses its previous forecast of a 100 billion yen profit and would mark the third consecutive year of operating losses for the embattled company, falling drastically short of the average estimate of a 54.7 billion yen profit in a survey of 18 analysts by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Dec 5, 2013

Japan regulator sanctions Deutsche Securities, employee detained on suspected bribery

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s securities regulator sanctioned the domestic investment banking unit of Deutsche Bank on Thursday and one of its employees was arrested for lavishly entertaining pension fund clients, an act considered bribery under the law.

The moves mark the latest crackdown by Japanese authorities on pension fund executives who are subject to the same anti-bribery laws as government employees because part of the money they manage is invested in the national pension scheme.

Dec 5, 2013

Tokyo police arrest Deutsche Sec employee, client on suspected bribery

TOKYO, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Tokyo police on Thursday arrested a
Deutsche Securities employee and a former Japanese client of the
brokerage for suspected bribery after the Deutsche official
allegedly spent thousands of dollars to entertain him.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police said it had detained
Deutsche’s Shigeru Echigo, 36, and 60-year-old Yutaka Tsurisawa,
a former official at a corporate pension fund affiliated with
Mitsui & Co.

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