War fears weigh as Japan rings in new business year


By Daniel Hauck TOKYO, April 1 (Reuters) - With its car makers as strong as ever, electronics firms trimming fat and steel exports to Asia booming, Japan Inc might be tempted to just gaze at the cherry blossoms as a new business year starts. On the surface, corporate earnings look hunky-dory. Japanese companies are expected to report a 23 percent increase in operating profits for the 2002/2003 fiscal year ended on Monday, with exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp poised for record ...

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