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Sony to lay off 900 workers from PlayStation division, or 8% of unit's global workforce - cnbc.com - Japan

Sony to lay off 900 workers from PlayStation division, or 8% of unit's global workforce

Sony Interactive Entertainment on Tuesday said it will lay off about 900 employees in its PlayStation unit, or 8% of its global workforce, becoming the latest technology company to announce headcount trims.

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Julian Ryall - ‘Food terrorism’: why Japanese companies are seeking insurance to cover legal and PR fees - scmp.com - Japan - Britain - Germany

‘Food terrorism’: why Japanese companies are seeking insurance to cover legal and PR fees

Such misbehaviour has been coined baito tero, a combination of arubaito, the Japanese version of the German word for “work”, and an abbreviated form of the English term “terrorism”.

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Julian Ryall - Whale deaths in Japan’s Osaka Bay spark concern about cause and frequency: ‘internal Google maps are messed up’ - scmp.com - Japan - city Tokyo

Whale deaths in Japan’s Osaka Bay spark concern about cause and frequency: ‘internal Google maps are messed up’

Marine biologists are trying to determine why whales are swimming into the enclave of Osaka Bay, where they are becoming disoriented and stressed before apparently starving to death.

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Nikkei senior staff writer - Japan chip industry veteran Yukio Sakamoto dies at 76 - asia.nikkei.com - Japan - city Tokyo

Japan chip industry veteran Yukio Sakamoto dies at 76

TOKYO -- Yukio Sakamoto will be remembered as one of Japan's most international chip industry executives, a leader who drew on his own experience to try to save a piece of the country's semiconductor production.

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Nikkei staff writer - Chinese sales of bad-loan securities jump 46% in 2023 - asia.nikkei.com - Japan - city Tokyo - China

Chinese sales of bad-loan securities jump 46% in 2023

TOKYO -- The sales in China of bond-like securities backed by nonperforming debt held by banks surged by 46% last year, according to data released by the Japanese government Wednesday.

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Japan's chip reboot: TSMC, Samsung, Micron pave way for silicon revival - asia.nikkei.com - Japan - Taiwan

Japan's chip reboot: TSMC, Samsung, Micron pave way for silicon revival

KUMAMOTO, Japan -- Hsieh Yong-fen, a materials scientist turned entrepreneur, opened her company's second Japan-based laboratory in the southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto late last year. Now she is deciding whether to build a third.

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Nikkei staff writer - Japan should fully lift arms export ban: ex-security chief - asia.nikkei.com - Japan - city Tokyo

Japan should fully lift arms export ban: ex-security chief

TOKYO -- Japan should in principle allow exports of defense equipment as Tokyo faces its "toughest and most complicated" security environment in the postwar era, a former head of the country's National Security Secretariat told Nikkei recently.

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Taiwan's post-bubble recovery holds lessons for China - asia.nikkei.com - Japan - China - Taiwan

Taiwan's post-bubble recovery holds lessons for China

Paul Cavey, previously Asia macro strategist and managing director at investment company Wellington Management, is the founder of research service East Asia Econ.

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Kimberly Lim - Singapore businesses ‘jump on bandwagon’ as Taylor Swift mania hits crescendo ahead of Eras shows - scmp.com - Japan - city Tokyo - Usa - Singapore - Australia - city Singapore

Singapore businesses ‘jump on bandwagon’ as Taylor Swift mania hits crescendo ahead of Eras shows

The island republic is the only Southeast Asian stop for the 34-year-old star, who has won 14 Grammy awards and nurtured a deeply devoted fan base over her 20-year career.

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