White paper envisages 1 million more working women if appropriate steps taken
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.
McDonald's Japan stops sourcing all chicken from China
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.
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.
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.
Cultured shrimp is processed for Japanese sushi restaurants at a Charoen Pokphand Foods factory in Songkhla province, Thailand. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Itochu enters into $1 billion tie-up with Thailand's CP Group
Itochu Corp. entered into a $1 billion tie-up with Thai billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont's Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) to target rising demand for meat and livestock products in China and other parts of Asia.
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.

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