Alliances & Technology Transfer

Rakuten's new cancer therapy heads toward Japan and world debut

A cancer treatment that uses light to destroy tumors is under consideration for accelerated Japanese approval, a U.S. biotechnology affiliate of e-commerce giant Rakuten announced Monday, moving a step closer to the first-ever use of this type of therapy.

NTT to join Japan's renewable-energy sector with $9bn investment

Japanese telecommunications group Nippon Telegraph & Telephone will enter the country's market for renewable energy, investing more than 1 trillion yen ($9.3 billion) by 2030 to boost capacity and establish its own transmission network, Nikkei has learned.

Honda drives drastic R&D reforms to reverse slow auto business

After Takahiro Hachigo took over at Honda Motor in 2015, the Japanese automaker has implemented a string of reforms to shore up its auto business, including closing plants at home and abroad and shaking up supply chains. But it left one entity untouched -- Honda R&D, its crown jewel research unit, once headed by legendary founder Soichiro Honda more than a half century ago.

Mizuho and SoftBank to offer loans and stock trades via smartphone

Mizuho Financial Group will partner with SoftBank Group in the latest move in Japan to provide financial services to smartphone users, Nikkei has learned. The two companies, through the tech giant's payment unit PayPay, will offer services including making personal loans using credit scores as well as stock trading.