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As the Russian economy sustains the dual blows of sanctions and depressed oil prices, consumer spending is down as shoppers feel the pinch. But the heaviest damage is being sustained by manufacturing, especially the automotive industry. With foreign brands scaling down their operations in Russia, the car business is backsliding fast.
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Shinzo Abe won a resounding victory in a snap poll which appears to legitimise his ‘Abenomics’ growth policy. But he was helped by a weak opposition and a record-low turnout, and his ‘third arrow’ - the promised structural reform – was absent from the election debate. Abenomics has so far created a ‘feel-good economy’ which runs on monetary and fiscal steroids. Cri...
Dr. Stefan Lippert
Japan has taken just 14 months to abandon nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima catastrophe, without any decision by the government, parliament or supreme court. There is an overwhelming attitude that power supply challenges will be met. But no-one is being blamed for March 11. The official position is that it was a natural disaster far beyond anything anyone...
Nissan's energy efficient designs have branched into new and innovative ways of thinking about energy as a lifestyle. The car maker has developed these following Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster. The latest sees Nissan moving into property design to create a completely energy-efficient lifestyle combining their electronic cars and power for the home. This report ...
Japan's car industry has emerged better and stronger after a torrid period which saw its image battered and supply chains broken. Now it is forging new global alliances with Europe's quality car makers using its expertise in eco-friendly technology to build winning partnerships.
JAPAN’S car industry is bouncing back thank...