Mitsuoka Orochi to make final lap
Mitsuoka Orochi to make final lap
Mitsuoka Motor Co. has revealed the latest--and final--edition of its custom-designed Orochi sports car.
Boeing, Airbus vying to supply government's official plane
Boeing, Airbus vying to supply government's official plane
With the Boeing 747-400 fleet of All Nippon Airways taken out of service at the end of March, the official government 747s that fly the prime minister and emperor have become the...
The new and final model of the Orochi sports car is displayed in a showroom in Tokyo's Chuo Ward. (Shigeo Ohata)
Mitsuoka Orochi to make final lap
Mitsuoka Motor Co. has revealed the latest--and final--edition of its custom-designed Orochi sports car.
Tanzanian Ambassador to Japan Salome Sijaona, back center right, visits the head office of Be Forward Co., a used Japanese vehicle exporter, in Chofu, western Tokyo, where 40 percent of the employees are non-Japanese. (Kaori Takahashi)
Want to buy a used Japanese car in Zambia? Go to the post office
Along with stamps and envelopes, Zambians can buy something at a post office in their country that won't fit in any mailbox: a used Japanese car.
Marubeni says Chinese authorities detain three staff at grain unit
TOKYO/ BEIJING--Three employees at one of Marubeni Corp's grain trading units in China have been detained by authorities, the Japanese trading house said on April 24, a move sources told Reuters was prompted by allegations the unit evaded taxes on soy bean imports.
Suvarnabhumi Airport in a suburb of Bangkok (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
JAL, Bangkok Airways to expand codeshare flights
Japan Airlines and Bangkok Airways will expand their codeshare flights from May 7 on the Thai airline’s routes between Bangkok and other cities in Southeast Asia.
VietinBank Vietnam Airlines JCB Gold card, left, and VietinBank Vietnam Airlines JCB Platinum card (Provided by JCB Co.)
JCB to introduce two high-end cards in Vietnam
A leading Vietnamese financial institution will introduce two high-end versions of JCB cards in the Southeast Asian country in May in cooperation with Vietnam Airlines, Japanese credit card company JCB Co. said April 23.
Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toyota becomes world's first to sell more than 10 million vehicles a year
Toyota Motor Corp. said April 23 that its global group sales in fiscal 2013 increased by 4.5 percent from the previous year to total 10.133 million units, becoming the world's first automaker whose annual sales surpassed the 10-million mark.
NAND flash memories using 15-nanometer process technology (Provided by Toshiba Corp.)
Toshiba to start producing world's first 15-nm NAND flash memories
Toshiba Corp. announced April 23 that it has developed the world's first 15-nanometer process technology for memory chip production.
Oita Solar Power Corp.'s mega-solar power plant situated along Beppu Bay in the city of Oita's industrial area in Oita Prefecture (Provided by Marubeni Corp.)
Nation's largest solar power plant starts operations in Oita
Marubeni Corp. said April 23 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Oita Solar Power Corp., has started commercial operations at what is now the nation's largest mega-solar power plant located in Oita, Oita Prefecture.
The opening ceremony of the Cool Japan promotion organization with fashion brand minä perhonen in Tokyo's Roppongi district in November 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Chinese shoppers to get a 'Cool Japan' mall in Ningbo
An organization designed to promote Japanese culture overseas will be pumping billions of yen into a "Japan Mall" in a pro-Japan Chinese city as its first venture.
An official government airplane takes off from Haneda Airport on March 23 with Tokyo Skytree in the background. (Ryutaro Abe)
Boeing, Airbus vying to supply government's official plane
With the Boeing 747-400 fleet of All Nippon Airways taken out of service at the end of March, the official government 747s that fly the prime minister and emperor have become the last passenger wide-body jumbo jets flying in Japan.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANALYSIS: China's thorny state enterprise overhaul quietly moves forward
BEIJING--Far from the spotlight, in secretive high-level meetings and company boardrooms, Beijing is drawing up one of the country's thorniest reforms: an overhaul of China's hugely inefficient state-owned industry.
A new plant in Indonesia (Provided by Ajinomoto Co.)
Ajinomoto's cosmetic ingredients plant in Indonesia begins operation
Ajinomoto Co. has started full-scale operation of a plant in Indonesia to produce cosmetic ingredients--raw materials for personal care products such as cosmetics, shampoo and body wash, the company said April 21.
Toyota Motor Corp. promotes the hybrid version of its Levin sedan at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, which started April 20. The car is expected to be equipped with a Chinese-made hybrid system in 2015. (Keiko Nannichi)
Japanese automakers go green at Beijing auto show
BEIJING--Facing tougher environmental restrictions on vehicles in China, Japanese automotive manufacturers revealed plans to boost sales with green technology at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, which opened here on April 20.
Ira Shapiro, former ambassador in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
POINT OF VIEW/ Ira Shapiro: TPP talks between Japan, U.S. to have big ramifications for other negotiations
Ahead of the Japan-U.S. summit meeting on April 24, the two countries are in endgame negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new trade agreement among 12 Asia-Pacific countries. An agreement between Japan and the United States would boost the overall TPP negotiations, but the two countries are now in a stalemate in talks on beef, pork and automobiles.
Artist’s rendition of the completed Guangzhou CTF Finance Center in China (Provided by Hitachi Ltd.)
Hitachi to deliver world's fastest elevators to Chinese skyscraper
Hitachi Ltd. and Hitachi Elevator (China) Co. will outfit a new skyscraper in Guangzhou, China, with the world's fastest ultra-high-speed elevators, the company said April 21.
Mitsubishi, Tata Consultancy Services to merge subsidiaries
Mitsubishi Corp. and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will establish a new IT services company through the merger of three subsidiaries, Mitsubishi said April 21.
Akira Amari, state minister in charge of the TPP, talks to reporters in Washington on April 17 after negotiations with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. (Tomoya Fujita)
Japan, U.S. far apart in TPP talks on beef, pork, dairy products
Japan and the United States are mired in a stalemate over beef, pork and dairy products as negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement enter the final stage.
Zenrin Co.'s digital maps service now available for tablet device users (Provided by Zenrin Co.)
Zenrin digital map service now available for tablet users
KITA-KYUSHU--Zenrin Co. said it has started offering its digital map service that shows the names of home owners and individual buildings to users of tablet devices.
A robotics assembly plant operated by a Japanese company in China's Jiangsu province (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese investment in China posts 47% year-on-year drop in first 3 months
BEIJING--China’s Commerce Ministry said direct investments by Japanese companies in the January-March period tumbled by 47.2 percent from the same period last year due to the strained relations between the two nations.
Subaru Outback (Provided by Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.)
Fuji Heavy rolls out all-new Subaru Outback at New York auto show
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru automobiles, said April 18 that it unveiled the all-new Outback (U.S. specifications) at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

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