BUSINESS

Jun 30
Public contrition has long been an art in Japan, and this past month has offered a great opportunity to study the form. June has seen a sudden rash of apologies from top chief operating officers (including the bosses of Toshiba, Sharp, Takata and Toyota) and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Japan Times)
Jun 30
Honda Motor plans to make English the official language for international communications within the company around 2020, the automaker said in a report Monday. (Nikkei)
Jun 27
This year's season for general shareholders meetings peaked on Friday in Japan, where companies face stronger pressure for accountability to owners under a new corporate governance code. (Jiji Press)
Jun 26
Troubled Takata Corp.'s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Shigehisa Takada offered an apology on Thursday over the company's defective air bags, making his first appearance since the crisis arising from its potentially deadly products deepened last year. (Kyodo)
Jun 25
Female workers who experienced workplace discrimination and bullying when they were pregnant have called on the government to live up to its promise to stamp out what is known in Japanese as matahara, or "maternity harassment." (Japan Times)
Jun 24
Two top executives of one of Japan's biggest tire companies are resigning over installation of faulty shock absorbers. (NHK)
Jun 23
Nissan Motor President Carlos Ghosn disclosed that his earnings in fiscal 2014 topped one billion yen, or more than 8 million dollars. (NHK)
Jun 23
Japan's public pension management body says the personal data leak caused by a hacking attack affected more than one million people in every prefecture. (NHK)
Jun 19
Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda on Friday apologized for the arrest of its first female managing officer on suspicion of importing to Japan a drug that is illegal without a prescription, adding he believes she did not intend to violate the law. (Kyodo)
Jun 19
WikiLeaks on Thursday released 276,394 new documents from the hack of Sony Pictures in what could be a further embarrassment for the Japanese media and electronics group. (Japan Times)
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