Universal Studios to showcase attraction themed on 'Attack on Titan'
Universal Studios to showcase attraction themed on 'Attack on Titan'
OSAKA--The Universal Studios Japan theme park is set to open a new attraction featuring Japan's popular world of manga, anime and fantasy.
Slump in output, exports imperils recovery scenario
Slump in output, exports imperils recovery scenario
Japan could be flirting with recession after the weakest factory output since 2011, which, following a surprising fall in exports last week, could pressure the central bank to ease...
A giant balloon featuring a character from “Attack on Titan” is seen at the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair in September 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Universal Studios to showcase attraction themed on 'Attack on Titan'
OSAKA--The Universal Studios Japan theme park is set to open a new attraction featuring Japan's popular world of manga, anime and fantasy.
An automobile assembly plant in Miyawaka, Fukuoka Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Slump in output, exports imperils recovery scenario
Japan could be flirting with recession after the weakest factory output since 2011, which, following a surprising fall in exports last week, could pressure the central bank to ease policy and complicate a decision on whether to raise taxes.
Chiyoda wins contract to engineer Golden Pass LNG export facility in U.S.
Chiyoda Corp. said July 31 it has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) services contract from Golden Pass Products LLC to design liquefied natural gas export facilities for the Golden Pass LNG Export Project.
The AX-XP100, the newest model of Sharp Corp.'s Healsio water oven series goes on sale in September. Sharp says the oven can bake and steam food simultaneously. (Tetsushi Yamamura)
Sharp to introduce water oven that can both bake and steam at same time
Sharp Corp. will release a new model of its popular Healsio water oven that can both bake and steam at the same time, which the company said is a world first.
Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda at a news conference in Tokyo in May (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toyota remains at top in sales after first half, beating VW and GM
Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal.
A Renfro showroom in New York (Provided by Itochu Corp.)
Itochu invests in major U.S. manufacturer of legwear products
Itochu Corp. announced July 30 that the trading house and its New York subsidiary, Itochu International Inc., have acquired 25 percent of the shares in RC Holding LLC, which owns Renfro Corp., a manufacturer and distributor of legwear products in the United States.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan to crack down on illegal uploaders of anime, manga
The economy ministry said that it will begin on Aug. 1 to monitor and remove uploaded pirated copies of 580 works of anime and manga.
A train model of “Aru Ressha” made by Nobutaro Hara features many brass fittings. (Provided by the Hara Model Railway Museum)
JR Kyushu to construct operating replica of Meiji Era luxury 'phantom train'
A luxurious train built more than 100 years ago, but which rarely saw service, will be reborn next summer when Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) completes a reproduction of the train that the railway plans to use on sightseeing runs.
The Lexus NX 300h F Sport (Provided by Toyota Motor Corp.)
Toyota rolls out Lexus NX compact crossover SUV in Japan
Toyota Motor Corp. said that its premium car brand Lexus' first compact crossover SUV, the NX, went on sale July 29 in Japan.
Honda Aircraft Co. debuts the first production HondaJet during a special event at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 28. (Provided by Honda Motor Co.)
HondaJet makes public debut at U.S. aviation event
Honda Motor Co. revealed the first production model of its new jet aircraft at the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual AirVenture Oshkosh convention in Oshkosh, Wis., on July 28, the company said.
Mizuho concludes strategic business alliance with China's CITIC Group
Mizuho Financial Group Inc. said July 29 that it signed a strategic business alliance agreement with CITIC Group Corp., a major state-owned conglomerate in China.
A Filipino trainee welds parts at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.’s Nagasaki shipyard. (Junichiro Nagasaki)
Rebounding shipbuilders increase reliance on foreign trainees
NAGASAKI--Japan’s shipbuilders are desperately trying to hire more foreign trainees amid increasing competition for workers with the construction and other industries.
A special metal device is installed in a portion where two braces are connected to the ceiling at a slant. (Provided by Takenaka Corp.)
Takenaka develops sound-proof, quake-resistant hang ceiling for music halls, cinemas
Major construction company Takenaka Corp. has developed a hang ceiling for music halls and cinema complexes that is sound-proof and quake-resistant.
Dentsu Inc. head office in Tokyo’s Shiodome district (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Dentsu agrees to acquire India advertising agency pitching out-of-home advertisements
An international arm of major advertising agency Dentsu Inc. has agreed to acquire a 51 percent stake in an Indian company specializing in out-of-home (OOH) advertisements, such as those in public places and transportation means, Dentsu said on July 28.
Women preparing to return to the work force after giving birth and taking care of their new babies gather at a seminar in Tokyo in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
White paper envisages 1 million more working women if appropriate steps taken
The number of working women in Japan will rise by 1 million if more support is given to working mothers, according to a white paper on the economy.
Kazutoshi Shibata uses his forklift to slice a cake at a Toyota Industries Corp. factory in Takahama, Aichi Prefecture, on July 22. (Taku Hosokawa)
Forklift master shows off skills by cutting cake, doing calligraphy
TAKAHAMA, Aichi Prefecture--Despite their longtime use as rugged utilitarian machines that haul crates and boxes, forklifts have become increasingly dexterous with controls responsive enough--at least for someone like Kazutoshi Shibata--to cut a birthday cake or write traditional calligraphy with.
A McDonald's branch in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward (Mikiharu Sugiura)
McDonald's Japan stops sourcing all chicken from China
McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) said it halted sales of all products that use chicken meat that originates in China on July 25, switching its sourcing completely to Thailand.
Boeing's "stretched" 787-9 Dreamliner, foreground, and 787-8 variant are depicted in flight. (Provided by All Nippon Airways Co.)
ANA to become 1st airline to fly new 'stretched' Dreamliner
All Nippon Airways Co. will become the world’s first carrier to operate the new "stretched" version of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner when flights get under way on domestic routes in August.
Workers at the Shanghai Husi Food Co.’s factory on the production line for chicken nuggets, which became the focus of the recent food safety scandal, on July 20 (CFP)
Ensuring safety of Chinese food poses challenges
Although the Japanese food service and retail industry have moved to tighten on-site food safety management following a Chinese supplier scandal, the effectiveness of inspections is still questionable.
Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa in the town of Motobu, Okinawa Prefecture, will open on July 26. (Provided by the Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa)
Okinawa brewery to open resort hotel
Okinawa Prefecture's famed Orion Breweries Ltd. will open its first resort hotel in the southernmost prefecture on July 26.

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