Final maglev train outline submitted, despite difficulties of tunnels
Final maglev train outline submitted, despite difficulties of tunnels
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) publicized the final outline for its maglev bullet train project, as the operator submitted a copy to transport minister Akihiro Ota on Aug. 26.
Japan proposes improved energy-efficiency and health care to ASEAN nations
Japan proposes improved energy-efficiency and health care to ASEAN nations
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar--Japan pledged to help promote energy conservation and preventive health care in Southeast Asia during a key international meeting between economic ministers here ...
Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of Keidanren (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Keidanren eyes resuming political donations after 5-year break
Japan's largest business lobby is set to call on member companies to resume making political donations after a five-year hiatus in hopes of engineering conditions for a better business climate, sources said.
The L0 Series maglev bullet train prototype during tests in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, in August 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Final maglev train outline submitted, despite difficulties of tunnels
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) publicized the final outline for its maglev bullet train project, as the operator submitted required documents to transport minister Akihiro Ota for approval on Aug. 26.
Japanese industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi, left, attends a meeting of economic ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 26. (Go Kobayashi)
Japan proposes improved energy-efficiency and health care to ASEAN nations
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar--Japan pledged to help promote energy conservation and preventive health care in Southeast Asia during a key international meeting between economic ministers here on Aug. 26.
A Toyota factory in Bangalore, India, operating at full capacity in 2010 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
India regulator fines carmakers $420 mln for anti-competitive practices
NEW DELHI--India's pricing regulator has fined more than a dozen global and local carmakers a total of 25.5 billion rupees ($420 million) after a probe found they had engaged in anti-competitive practices in the world's sixth largest auto market.
Two 6,300-ton mechanical forging presses were recently installed in the plant of KAAP, a joint venture in Bowling Green, Ky. (Provided by Kobe Steel Ltd.)
Kobe Steel joint venture ramps up production of aluminum car parts in U.S.
Kobe Steel Ltd. announced Aug. 27 that its U.S. joint venture firm has increased its production capacity of aluminum forged products for automotive suspension systems by 50 percent.
The 3-D modeling of Tokyo's Akihabara district (Provided by Zenrin Co.)
Zenrin to provide 3-D modeling data of Japan's major cities for video game developers
Zenrin Co., a major mapping software maker, announced Aug. 27 that it will start providing 3-D modeling data of Tokyo, Osaka and other large cities in Japan for use by video game software developers on Sept. 2.
Visitors to the Electricity Museum in Nagoya watch a test broadcast of a 4K television in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
High definition 4K TV broadcasts slated for 2018 ahead of Olympics
Full-fledged TV broadcasts using ultra-high definition 4K resolution technology will start in Japan earlier than originally planned, ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, according to sources.
Fujifilm X30 (Provided by Fujifilm Corp.)
Fujifilm to release X30 premium compact camera with new electronic viewfinder
Fujifilm Corp. announced Aug. 26 that it will launch the new Fujifilm X30 premium compact digital camera in September, featuring an innovative electronic viewfinder and world's fastest high-speed AF.
An artist's concept of Telehouse Osaka 2 (Provided by KDDI Corp.)
KDDI to build new Telehouse data centers in Tokyo and Osaka
KDDI Corp., a major telecommunications provider, announced Aug. 26 that it will invest 28 billion yen ($270 million) in building two new Telehouse data centers in Tokyo and Osaka.
The Land Cruiser 70 van (Provided by Toyota Motor Corp.)
Toyota re-releases Land Cruiser 70 series to mark 30th anniversary
Toyota Motor Corp. announced Aug. 25 that the automaker is re-releasing its popular Land Cruiser 70 in Japan for roughly a year to commemorate its 30th anniversary.
The Subaru WRX S4 (Provided by Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.)
Subaru launches all-new WRX sports sedans
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the manufacturer of Subaru cars, announced that it started sales on Aug. 25 of the all-new WRX S4 and WRX STI sports sedans at Subaru dealers throughout Japan.
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Railway consortium mounts 'all-Japan' effort to market Shinkansen overseas
Railway companies, manufacturers and industry groups have banded together to link up efforts to dispatch Japan's bullet-train technology overseas.
So-net Corp.'s prepaid data SIM cards for foreign tourists can be purchased from a vending machine at Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture. (Provided by So-net Corp.)
Telecom firms introduce cellphone SIM cards for foreign tourists
Telecom companies are scrambling to introduce prepaid mobile phone SIM cards for foreign visitors ahead of an anticipated surge of tourists for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
The Aeon Mall Makuhari New City commercial facility in Chiba. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Aeon to operate day-care centers in outlets for employees
Retailer Aeon Co. plans to introduce private day-care centers in its major outlets throughout the country to allow employees with child-care needs to work without anxieties.
A Suzuki Motor Corp. dealership in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture (Dai Narusawa)
Sales tax hike, soaring gas prices put brakes on Suzuki's minivehicle business
HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka Prefecture--Despite strong earnings earlier this year, Suzuki Motor Corp.'s minivehicle business has taken a severe downturn due to the consumption tax hike in April.
Rendering of the Himawari-8 in orbit (Provided by Mitsubishi Electric Corp.)
Mitsubishi Electric ready to deliver the Himawari-8 for launch in October
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. announced Aug. 22 that it has completed work on the Himawari-8 satellite, the next-generation geostationary meteorological satellite, based on a contract awarded by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
The packaging of the PAYG SIM (Provided by Japan Communications Inc.)
JCI's prepaid SIM lets foreign tourists use overseas phones
Foreign visitors on short stay in Japan can now purchase a prepaid SIM (subscriber identity module) from Japan Communications Inc.
Tokyo Monorail Co.’s monorail departing from Monorail Hamamatsucho Station in Tokyo’s Minato Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Monorail plans quicker link to Haneda Airport
Tokyo Monorail Co. is considering extending its line from Monorail Hamamatsucho Station to JR Tokyo Station to give travelers faster and more convenient access to Haneda Airport.
Interior view of the MAXIEZ elevator (Provided by Mitsubishi Electric Corp.)
Mitsubishi Electric opens first of two new elevator plants in China
One of Mitsubishi Electric Corp.’s elevator and escalator manufacturing companies in China has begun operating its third factory and will complete a fourth by July 2015, the company said Aug. 21.
Mitsui to acquire DuPont assets for agrochemical fungicide
Mitsui & Co. said it has reached an agreement with DuPont to acquire the global business operations of the U.S. chemical giant's copper fungicide Kocide.

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