Japan Exports Jump More Than Forecast – Dec 2014

Japan’s exports rose more than forecast in December, reaching the highest level in six years and paring a record annual trade deficit caused by energy purchases and a surge in imports before April’s sales-tax increase. Overseas shipments climbed 12.9 percent from a year earlier, the finance ministry reported Monday, compared with the median estimate for […]

Japan’s economy shows recovery signs in boost for Abe

Japan’s economy, the third largest in the world, expanded at its quickest pace in a year, showing signs of an economic recovery. Gross domestic product grew 0.9% in the three months to March compared to the previous quarter, indicating an annualised rate of 3.5%. Japan grew at a rate of 1% at the end of […]

Honda profits rise four-fold as recovery continues

Honda Motors has reported a four-fold increase in earnings during the first quarter as it continued to recover from last year’s natural disasters. Net profit was 131.7bn yen ($1.7bn; £1.1bn) in the April to June period, up from 31.7bn yen a year earlier. To continue reading this article, please go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19059214 .

Japanese manufacturers make up eight of the top 10 places in a used car reliability survey, but which is number one?

Honda took the top spot for the seventh year running and was one of eight Japanese manufacturers in the top 10, while premium car makers including Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz finished much further down the list, in 26th, 27th and 29th places respectively. The worst performing manufacturer was Land Rover, with 71 per cent of […]

No more bland for the Lexus brand as auto maker aims for excitement

Toyota is now engineering a top-to-bottom makeover at its luxury brand. The goal is to become much more than the maker of faultless cars with fairly bland styling. Di Felice and her colleagues around the world are now touting the future of Lexus as a brand selling “bold, emotional and expressive” vehicles with cutting-edge technology. […]