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Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006


A NEW SUN RISING
By GEOFFREY YORK
Anyone seeking a symbol of the new Japan need look no further than a swashbuckling spike-haired 32-year-old cyberspace tycoon named Takafumi Horie.Japan's business establishment loathes him. Television audiences adore him. FULL STORY

The 'ultimate challenge,' the ultimate reward
By GEOFFREY YORK
When he launched his education business in Tokyo a few years ago, it took four months for James Yellowlees to solve the bureaucratic obstacles that would have needed only a few days in Canada. FULL STORY

The corporate warrior beats a retreat
Special to The Globe and Mail
worried about the time. He flicks the tip from his Mild Seven cigarette into the ashtray, orders another vodka and tonic from the barman and continues to discuss the prospects for his beloved Yomiuri Giants in this year's baseball season. FULL STORY

The 6.8-billion-yen question
By ANGELA BARNES
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225-stock average has been creeping higher the past several months, sparking renewed hope that the long-suffering Japanese stock market may finally be on the road to recovery. FULL STORY

Juggling tension and trade
By LEO LEWIS
Watching the economic relationship between Japan and China can be rather like staring at a work by Escher: Apparently sound pictures can quickly turn into disturbing paradoxes. The two countries are linked more tightly than they have been for decades, but are increasingly hostile. They are benefiting from one another's talents more than ever, but live in deepening fear of their rival's success. Mutual understanding is high, mutual trust is low. FULL STORY

How to get ahead in car building
By JEREMY CATO
What makes Japanese car makers so successful? To answer that question, the first thing you have to throw out is the stereotype.There is not really one kind of ''Japanese car maker,'' according to Nissan Motor Co. chief executive officer Carlos Ghosn, who learned this lesson first-hand after arriving in Japan in 1999 to steer what has become a legendary turnaround at Japan's number two auto maker. FULL STORY

We, Robots
By GEOFFREY YORK
Japan has been the world leader in industrial robots for many years, but it is increasingly preoccupied with personal robots FULL STORY



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