There was an assumption  that everyone on the factory floor was devoted to the perfection of monozukuri, or craftsmanship. Photograph: AP

On an otherwise ordinary afternoon in mid-December, the Hakata to Tokyo express pulled into Nagoya and a thousand passengers were ordered off the trai(...)

Terence Trent D’Arby, now called Sananda Maitreya. Photograph: Tim Hall/Redferns

When Sananda Maitreya references his previous life as Terence Trent D’Arby, he looks uncomfortable. He even says “he”, not “I”, as though he is talkin(...)

Peter Mullen: replaces David Walsh in the role

Bank of Ireland has appointed Peter Mullen as head of its acquisitions finance team, following the departure of the previous incumbent, David Walsh, t(...)

Apple is expected to show off its next iPhone with its new OLED display at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Monday Results: BP, Olympus. Indicators: US manufacturing PMI, prices, employment (Apr). Tuesday Results: Apple, Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Geberit ((...)

Attendees wear cardboard “faceboxes” at the SXSW interactive festival in Austin. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Ireland’s trade delegation may have spent more time than they’d have liked allaying fears over Brexit at SXSW Festival 2017 in Austin, Texas over the (...)

Dublin is home to the eighth-largest number of tech start-ups in Europe, according to Balderton Capital.

London, Berlin and Paris continue to dominate the European start-up landscape, according to a new survey that shows Dublin is way down on the list of (...)

Microsoft launched a new consumer offensive last week, unveiling a high-end computer that challenges the Apple iMac along with an updated Windows operating system that showcases three-dimensional content and “mixed reality.”The US tech giant announced its first desktop computer, called Surface Studio, a $3,000 high-end “all-in-one” device that aims at creative professionals, a segment dominated by Apple. (Photograph:  DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Microsoft is offering up a new server design that it hopes will influence the rest of the data-centre industry, a move that keeps pressure on hardwar(...)

1 Olympus TG-Tracker Camera Whereas sales for standalone cameras are generally in decline, one corner of the market remains bullish: action cameras. (...)

Copies of the Financial Times  sit in a rack at a newsstand in London. Concerns have been raised over the ’pink paper’s new owner

The decision by the Nikkei group, publisher of Japan’s top financial newspaper, to pay £844 million (€1.2 billion) for one of the marquee brands in gl(...)

Toshiba Corp president and chief executive Hisao Tanaka arrives for a news conference at the company headquarters in Tokyo. Photograph: Reuters

Japan Inc’s efforts to improve the international image of its boardrooms have been dealt a blow with the resignation of top business leaders in a $(...)

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