Skymark Airlines seeks bankruptcy proceedings
Skymark Airlines seeks bankruptcy proceedings
Skymark Airlines Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection at the Tokyo District Court on Jan. 28, the second major Japanese airline to do so in five years.
Automakers post record output again, but boon could be bad news for parts suppliers
Automakers post record output again, but boon could be bad news for parts suppliers
Global production by Japanese automakers hit record highs for the third straight year on strong demand in the United States and China, but sluggish domestic output is spurring fears ...
A Skymark Airlines A330 jet (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Skymark Airlines seeks bankruptcy proceedings
Skymark Airlines Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection at the Tokyo District Court on Jan. 28, the second major Japanese airline to do so in five years.
Workers assemble cars at a Nissan Motor Co. plant in Kanagawa Prefecture last September. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Automakers post record output again, but boon could be bad news for parts suppliers
Global production by Japanese automakers hit record highs for the third straight year on strong demand in the United States and China, but sluggish domestic output is spurring fears of hard times for parts suppliers at home.
Four ambassadors--from left, New Zealand's Mark Sinclair, Britain's Tim Hitchens, Canada's Mackenzie Clugston and Australia's Bruce Miller--sample Fukushima delicacies at the Nihonbashi Fukushima-kan Midette in Tokyo's Chuo Ward on Jan. 27. (Keiichiro Inoue)
Foreign envoys sample Fukushima delicacies to promote exports
Ambassadors of four Commonwealth nations tucked into rice balls and other tasty morsels from Fukushima at an event in Tokyo to show support for food from the disaster-stricken prefecture.
Nintendo Co. President Satoru Iwata, right, at a news conference in Osaka's Chuo Ward on Jan. 28 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Nintendo's nine-month profit jumps on cheap yen
Nintendo reported a nearly six-fold increase in profit for the first three quarters of the fiscal year on Jan. 28 and raised its earnings forecast as a cheap yen masked weak sales.
Imabari Shipbuilding Co.’s shipyard in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture (Provided by Imabari Shipbuilding Co.)
Imabari Shipbuilding to produce world’s largest container carriers
Imabari Shipbuilding Co. said Jan. 29 that it has secured orders from a foreign ship owner to construct 11 container carriers that will become the largest class in the world.
Yoyogi Park in Tokyo is closed to visitors on Sept. 5, 2014, due to fears that the dengue fever virus was spreading through mosquitoes. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
New Sumitomo anti-mosquito larvicide effective for 6 months
Sumitomo Chemical Co. announced Jan. 28 that it has developed a new longer-lasting larvicide for the prevention of dengue fever and other infectious diseases.
The Seven Bank "mini-branch" inside the Seven-Eleven in front of Hakata Station in Fukuoka will be open to customers on Jan. 30. (Junichiro Nagasaki)
Seven Bank to open 1st multilingual 'mini-branch' in Seven-Eleven store
FUKUOKA--Foreigners in Japan will soon find an added convenience in a Seven-Eleven store here, thanks to banking services featuring a "mini-branch" staffed by multilingual customer service representatives.
The lunar rover developed by the Hakuto research team (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese team wins 'milestone award' for lunar rover development
A Japanese private-sector team was one of five entries to receive a special prize to develop an unmanned lunar rover by sponsor Google Inc.
Aeon to jointly expand supermarket operations into Vietnam with local retailers
Major retail operator Aeon Co. has reached a tie-up agreement with two Vietnamese supermarket chains, the Japanese company said Jan. 27.
System diagram of Mitsubishi Electric Corp.'s new industrial wastewater recycling technology (Provided by Mitsubishi Electric Corp.)
Mitsubishi Electric announces new low-cost industrial wastewater recycling system
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. said Jan. 27 that it has developed a novel low-cost water treatment technology that enables industrial wastewater and sewage to be recycled.
Tadashi Yanai, chairman, president and CEO of Fast Retailing Co. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Uniqlo to enter Canada in fall 2016 with 2 stores in Toronto
Fast Retailing Co. said Jan. 27 that its clothing retailer Uniqlo will open two stores in Toronto in autumn 2016, the brand's first foray into Canada and its 18th market overall.
The yen weakened to the 120-yen level on Dec. 4. The sharp depreciation of the Japanese currency contributed to Japan posting a record trade deficit in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan logs record trade deficit in 2014 on weakening yen
Japan's trade deficit ballooned to a record 12.8 trillion yen ($109 billion) in 2014 as a weakening yen pushed the cost of imports higher despite a moderate recovery in exports.
Propeller Oxidation Ditch System (Provided by JFE Engineering Corp.)
JFE Engineering lands order for sewage treatment plant in Sri Lanka
JFE Engineering Corp. announced on Jan. 26 that it has received an order for the design and construction of a wastewater treatment plant and treated effluent disposal system in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
A booth for men in the “Gallery Toto” to be opened at Narita Airport in April is equipped with a urinal and a toilet bowl. (Provided by Toto Ltd.)
Toto set to lift the lid on high-tech 'toilet gallery' at Narita Airport
FUKUOKA--Major toilet manufacturer Toto Ltd. plans to open a gallery at Narita Airport in April where visitors can put to the test some of the most advanced toilets in the world, the company said.
Visitors at the Ota Open Factory event watch a skilled worker's welding technique closely on Nov. 29 in Tokyo's Ota Ward. (Wataru Sekita)
Factories seek to change perceptions by bringing residents into the fold
On a rainy day in Tokyo's Ota Ward, participants in an open factory event embarked on an odyssey that took them to four local industrial sites with the aim of making their own frying pans, complete with handle and lid.
Panasonic Corp.'s OLED TV displays are shown at an electronics fair in the United States last year. (Provided by Panasonic Corp.)
JOLED to produce organic LED displays for laptops, tablet devices
A joint venture between the government and a consortium of private firms began operations earlier this month with the aim of mass-producing organic light emitting diode (OLED) display panels by 2017.
A Skyline sedan undergoes testing of its Forward Emergency Braking system in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, in October 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nissan to equip more models with collision-avoiding brakes
Nissan Motor Co. said it will expand its Forward Emergency Braking system to more models in its lineup.
Visitors take a photo of fighting giants from the "Attack on Titan" manga series at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka’s Konohana Ward during a preview event on Jan. 22. (Kazunori Takahashi)
Universal Studios starts 'Cool Japan' attractions
OSAKA--Universal Studios Japan on Jan. 23 opened new attractions based on popular Japanese manga and anime, including giant characters from the top-selling “Attack on Titan” comic series.
New Toyota models at a dealership in Nagoya (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toyota flags first decline in global sales in four years
Toyota Motor Corp. projected its group-wide global sales will slip 1 percent in 2015, likely putting it in the No. 2 spot after German rival Volkswagen AG.
Sony Corp.’s Aibo robot dog (Provided by Sony Corp.)
Sony spinoff applies Aibo intelligence to home electricity-measurement system
Former technicians of Sony Corp. have used the artificial intelligence of the company’s famed robotic dog Aibo to develop a home-use system that measures power consumption for each electrical appliance.

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