New York Times retail reporter. Foodie, bookworm. Part of Pulitzer Prize winning & nominated teams,'13 &'12. Ex-Tokyoite, LSE grad. Kobe born & raised.

Agency Tells Automakers to Speed Up Airbag Fixes — WASHINGTON - Facing increasing scrutiny of how it handled the recall of dangerously defective airbags, the nation's auto safety regulator sent a letter on Wednesday to 10 major automakers and Takata, the airbags' maker, urging a faster response. The letter from the regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, came as a House committee requested an investigation into the agency.

Pressure Intensifies for Recall of Takata Airbags — Capitol Hill increased pressure on the Japanese auto supplier Takata and federal safety regulators on Wednesday as two senators demanded wider recalls to fix millions of defective airbags and a House committee said it wanted a fuller accounting of how the recalls were handled.

Takata Air Bag Warning Leaves Drivers Looking for Answers — Consumers were left in confusion Tuesday over air bags at risk of rupture, with federal auto safety regulators urging owners of more than five million vehicles to " act immediately " to get them replaced, and automakers insisting that many replacement parts are simply not available.

It Looked Like a Stabbing, but Takata Air Bag Was the Killer — ORLANDO, Fla. - Hien Tran lay dying in intensive care this month after a car accident, as detectives searched for clues about the apparent stab wounds in her neck. An unlikely breakthrough arrived in the mail a week after she died from her injuries.

Steven Greenhouse — Steven Greenhouse is the labor and workplace reporter for The New York Times, having held that beat since October 1995. He joined The Times in September 1983 as a business reporter, covering steel and other basic industries. He then spent two-and-a-half years as the newspaper's Midwestern business correspondent based in Chicago.

Walmart Workers Seek Wage Bump — As retail workers step up demands for higher wages and more stable working hours, a trade organization has warned that many retailers cannot afford to pay more, intensifying a debate over fair pay in a struggling industry. Labor activists have long denounced retailers like Walmart for employing an army of low-wage, part-time workers to staff their stores.

Walmart Lowers Its Sales Outlook, as Holiday Forecasts Darken — Ahead of what is expected to be a tough holiday season, Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, cut its annual sales growth forecast Wednesday, and it announced it would sharply slow openings of its superstores in the United States next year.

Household Finances May Curb Holiday Spending — It's going to be a frenetic holiday sales season. Kmart has already begun its Christmas advertising blitz, and surveys show a resurgence of interest in Black Friday bargains. Across the country, retailers like Macy's and Walmart are adding a projected 800,000 holiday workers to their ranks, their highest level of seasonal hiring since 1999, according to the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

J.C. Penney Names Marvin Ellison as Its Next Chief — J.C. Penney said Monday that it was bringing in a Home Depot executive, Marvin Ellison, as president and as its next chief executive. Mr. Ellison, currently executive vice president for stores at Home Depot, will join Penney's on Nov. 1 and will also be a board member. He will succeed Myron E.

Venture Capitalists Return to Backing Science Start-Ups — Vestaron makes an eco-friendly pesticide derived from spider venom. Bagaveev uses 3-D printers to make rocket engines for nanosatellites. Transatomic Power is developing a next-generation reactor that runs on nuclear waste. They all have one thing in common: money from Silicon Valley venture capitalists.
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @joescales: @hirokotabuchi It might be Walter White from Breaking Bad. (I had to deal with that all day.)

Oct 31, 2014

RT @nytimesbusiness: Nissan Recalls 1,800 SUVs Over Another Defect in Takata-Made Airbags

Oct 30, 2014

#Japan used to be a cautionary tale, but the rest of us messed up so badly it almost looks like a role model instead

Oct 30, 2014

RT @NiemanLab: More than half of The New York Times’ traffic is now mobile, up from about 33 percent a year ago

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