Ensuring safety of Chinese food poses challenges
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 ...
Okinawa brewery to open resort hotel
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.
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.
Toyota vehicles awaiting shipment overseas at the company's hub at the Port of Nagoya (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's trade deficit at record 7.6 trillion yen in first half
Japan's trade deficit surged to a record 7.6 trillion yen ($74.9 billion) in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported on July 24.
Kobe Steel's wire rod processing venture in China to expand capacity
Kobe Steel Ltd. said July 24 the company and the other equity shareholders in Kobe Special Steel Wire Products (Pinghu) Co. have agreed to expand the production capacity of their Chinese joint venture that processes special steel wire rod.
Vero4DRT radiation therapy system (Provided by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.)
Cutting-edge Hiroshima cancer center orders advanced MHI radiation therapy system
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said July 24 the Hiroshima High-precision Radiotherapy Center has ordered its "Vero4DRT" advanced radiation therapy system featuring dynamic tracking irradiation capability.
Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox CEO apologizes to creditors
Amid the turmoil following the bankruptcy of major bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, the company's CEO, Mark Karpeles, told The Asahi Shimbun that he is working hard and determined to repay creditors' losses.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj acknowledge reporters after a meeting in Tokyo in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan, Mongolia reach broad agreement on free trade deal
Setting the stage for gaining cooperation from Mongolia over the abduction issue with North Korea through deepened economic ties, Japan has agreed in principle on a bilateral free trade deal.
Ofunato Onsen Hotel (Provided by Kairakuso Ltd.)
Onsen hotel to open in tsunami-devastated Iwate Prefecture
Local hotelier Kairakuso Ltd. said July 23 it will open the Ofunato Onsen Hotel at the end of the month in a venture that it hopes will help economic recovery in the area affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
Mitsubishi Corp. enters into strategic partnership agreement with I Squared Capital
Mitsubishi Corp. has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with I Squared Capital Advisors (US) LLC (ISQ), an independent infrastructure investment fund manager based in New York, it was announced July 23.
Dozens of coral larvae have settled on mortar blocks and grown to a maximum 4 centimeters in Taisei Corp.'s trial coral reef restoration off Miyakojima island in Okinawa Prefecture. (Provided by Taisei Corp.)
Undersea tunnel construction technique helps restore coral reefs
As coral reefs continue to fall victim to global warming, a major Japanese construction company is working to restore these endangered ecosystems using underwater tunnel building technology.
Panasonic Corp. headquarters and the company's main factory in Kadoma, Osaka Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nokia to acquire Panasonic's mobile base station business
Panasonic Corp. will sell its business of setting up mobile phone base stations to Finnish communication equipment giant Nokia, sources said.
The Nozza Grande (Provided by Yamaha Motor Co.)
Yamaha markets new scooter for Vietnamese women
Yamaha Motor Co. will release an updated version of its female-oriented city scooter for the Vietnamese market in August, the motorcycle maker said July 22.
A rendering of the new company premises in Saudi Arabia (Provided by Sumitomo Corp.)
Sumitomo acquires 50% stake in Saudi construction equipment sales company
Sumitomo Corp. has acquired a 50-percent share in Abdul Latif Jameel Summit Co. of Saudi Arabia.
Masami Shimizu, president of Eurus Energy Holdings Corp., outlines his company's ambitious plans during an interview in Tokyo. (Ken Miyazaki)
Eurus Energy to double global wind power generation output over 5 years
Industry giant Eurus Energy Holdings Corp. plans to double global wind power generation capacity over the next five years, its president said.
A smart rice-planting machine traverses a paddy in Niigata's Akiha Ward. It automatically adjusts the amount of fertilizer by linking with a smartphone or a computer. (Kazutaka Kamizawa)
'IT wave' sweeps over rice paddies with smartphones, computerized farm machines
NIIGATA--In mid-May, Junichi Hirano was out working his rice paddies in Akiha Ward.
Pioneer Corp.’s high-end PLX-1000 analog record player (Yoshihiro Yokomakura)
Businesses turn analog to meet demand for vinyl
With vinyl making a comeback, audio equipment makers, music retailers and artists are responding in kind.
Nissan Motor Co. tests one of its autonomous cars on a highway on Nov. 25. (Masahiro Yuchi)
Nissan to market its first self-driving cars by end of 2016
Nissan Motor Co. will market cars with autonomous driving capabilities by the end of 2016, making it the first Japanese automaker to offer a detailed timetable for the release of such advanced self-driving technologies.
Workers at a dried bonito plant in Makurazaki, Kagoshima Prefecture, remove bones from fish. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
First Japanese dried bonito plant in France to start production next year
Europeans can soon be enjoying the taste of traditional “katsuobushi” (dried bonito) that won't have to be imported from Japan, as manufacturers in Makurazaki, Kagoshima Prefecture, are gearing up to build the first plant in France.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, pose for a photo after his arrival to the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia on July 17. (AP Photo)
China deepens ties to Brazil, plans to build railways
BRASILIA--China expanded its trade partnership with Brazil on July 17 with $7.5 billion in financing for Brazilian miner Vale, the purchase of 60 passenger jets from planemaker Embraer and renewed commitment to invest in infrastructure.
Nikesh Arora (Provided by Google Inc.)
Google executive Arora to join Softbank as vice chairman
Softbank Corp. announced July 18 that Nikesh Arora, chief business officer of Google Inc., will be joining the company in October as vice chairman of Softbank Corp. and CEO of Softbank Internet and Media Inc. (SIMI).

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