Japan's e-wallet infrastructure is eight years old, but the technology has yet to really take off.
By Michael Fitzpatrick
FORTUNE -- How do you persuade a nation that is deeply in love with cash -- and even looks askance at credit cards -- to pay for goods and services with the swipe of a phone? Unfortunately for Japan's dawdling economy and the credit card firms who hope to thrust such mobile MOREFeb 20, 2013 8:44 AM ET
Japan has some of the fastest internet connections in the world, but physical media such as books and DVDs still remain popular.
By Michael Fitzpatrick
FORTUNE -- Despite Japan's "default-setting-for-the future" status, coined by Sci-fi writer William Gibson, time on this rocky archipelago appears to be headed backwards. Kerosene is replacing nuclear energy; deflation, not inflation, is still rife; and, publishers are clinging energetically to print when, in neighboring South Korea, MOREFeb 11, 2013 2:48 PM ET
Companies like Apple, IBM and Microsoft once stood in the shadow of much larger and more powerful Japanese electronics giants. Those days are long gone -- and, lately, it looks like they may never come back.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
"This country is in a war and some people understand it and some people are siding with the enemy."
FORTUNE -- Believe it or not, someone once wrote those paranoid words about MOREMay 25, 2012 10:40 AM ET
Apple's (AAPL) latest is greeted with the usual display of fervor and endurance
Paris, New York, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney:
London (Regents Street):
London (Covent Garden):
More as they come in.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 16, 2012 9:25 AM ET
Waitin', whoopin' and hollerin' in seven countries and four languages
Apple (AAPL) launched the iPhone 4S Friday in Australia, Japan, Germany, France, the U.K., Canada and the U.S.
Videos below the fold as they come in.
See also our report from New York City, 17 days in the iPhone line: Wet, cold and smelling like Cheetos.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 14, 2011 4:39 AM ET
The Japanese automaker was a perennial also-ran, behind Honda and Toyota. Until now. Nissan is making deft moves just as its rivals stall.
By Doron Levin, contributor
FORTUNE -- Japan's auto industry has been battered by disasters natural and unnatural unlike this year. A tragic earthquake and a steroidal yen have wreaked havoc on the bottom lines of major firms Honda and Toyota. The exception? Nissan. The perennial third place finisher has MOREAug 23, 2011 8:56 AM ET
Apple has included an early-warning service in the next version of its Japanese iPhones
No one knows better than the Japanese what a difference a few minutes -- or even seconds -- warning can mean when a major earthquake or tsunami is on its way. That's why they have developed the world's most sophisticated early warning system.
9to5Mac reports that the latest beta of iOS 5 -- the new mobile operating system Apple MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 22, 2011 10:59 AM ET
In Japan, its profits grew 1,156% between 2005 and 2010. Europe's were up 1,518%
"Apple's international sales are simply on fire"
So wrote the Motley Fool's Erik Bleeker Monday in a piece assessing Apple's (AAPL) overseas demand.
It is, as he puts it, exploding.
This will come as no surprise to anyone who has been following COO Tim Cook's Q&As with analysts, where he's been highlighting Apple's growth in the Japanese and Asia Pacific MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 28, 2011 7:38 AM ET
The contrast with Windows PC sales is especially striking in Asia, the U.S. and the rest of the world
As is his wont, Needham's Charlie Wolf waited until the middle of Apple's (AAPL) current quarter to issue his analysis of the last. As usual, it was worth the wait.
In a note to clients Friday entitled "What a Streak," he uses a series of charts based on IDC data to zero in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 22, 2011 10:40 AM ET
These days, Microsoft's co-founder has more on his mind than software sales figures or even his charitable work -- namely he wants to help solve the world's energy problems.
FORTUNE -- At WIRED's Disruptive by Design Business Conference today, Bill Gates discussed the current state of energy and potential technology replacements for oil and coal.
Gates suggested there's much more potential for nuclear energy, despite the recent disaster with Japan's Fukushima reactor. MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 3, 2011 12:16 PM ET
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