Toyota to sell self-driving cars by 2017
Toyota to sell self-driving cars by 2017
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to commercialize by 2017 cars equipped with automated assistance systems capable of self-navigating on one lane of a highway and maintaining a safe distance ...
U.S. regulators order nationwide recall of Takata driver's air bags
U.S. regulators order nationwide recall of Takata driver's air bags
DETROIT--U.S. safety regulators threatened fines and legal action against Takata Corp. on Nov. 26 unless the company admits that its driver's air bag inflators are defective and...
Senate Commerce Committee member Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., shows off the parts of a defective airbag made by Takata Corp. that has been linked to multiple deaths and injuries in cars driven in the United States on Nov. 20 during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo)
Takata to expand recall of faulty airbags in U.S., Japan
Embroiled in a global uproar over faulty airbags that have caused at least three deaths, Takata Corp. began discussions on Nov. 27 with car manufacturers to recall an additional few million units in the United States.
The prototype of a luxurious apartment in Tokyo that will go on sale for more than 500 million yen (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SURVEY: More than 1 million households now worth more than 100 million yen
Affluent households with financial assets totaling more than 100 million yen ($845,300) surpassed 1 million in 2013 owing to the high stock prices brought about by “Abenomics,” according to the estimates of a new survey.
A prototype maglev bullet train during a test run in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, in September 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
JR Tokai to accelerate start of work on maglev Shinkansen, by year-end
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) President Koei Tsuge announced on Nov. 27 that construction of the maglev Shinkansen line between Tokyo and Nagoya will get under way on Dec. 17, ahead of schedule.
Shoppers look for year-end gifts at a department store in Tokyo. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan inflation eases, other data mixed in October
Japan's inflation rate edged lower in October, highlighting the difficulty Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces in his campaign to overcome deflation in the world's third-largest economy.
2015 Subaru Impreza (Provided by Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.)
2015 Subaru Impreza featuring revamped EyeSight tech wins U.S. insurers' top safety award
A U.S. nonprofit organization supported by auto insurers has awarded the highest standard of safety for 2014, along with the highest rating of "Superior" for front crash prevention, to the Subaru Impreza.
Toyota Motor Corp. will test its automated highway driving assistance systems on this vehicle from next month. (Hirobumi Ohinata)
Toyota to sell self-driving cars by 2017
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to commercialize by 2017 cars equipped with automated assistance systems capable of self-navigating on one lane of a highway and maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles.
Cocoons woven by silkworms containing spider genes (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Project under way in Kyoto to commercialize spider-silkworm thread
KYOTANGO, Kyoto Prefecture--A government-academic collaboration project plans to commercially develop high-performance silk created through genetic engineering between spiders and silkworms in about five years.
Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toyota recalls more cars for dangerous Takata air bags
Toyota Motor Corp. said on Nov. 27 it would recall 57,000 vehicles globally to replace potentially deadly air bags made by Takata Corp., as a safety crisis around the Japanese auto parts maker looks far from being contained.
In this April 17 file photo, journalists visit Takata Ignition Systems in Schoenebeck, Germany. U.S. safety regulators are threatening fines and legal action against Takata Corp. for failing to admit that its driver's-side air bag inflators are defective and should be recalled nationwide. (AP Photo)
U.S. regulators order nationwide recall of Takata driver's air bags
DETROIT--U.S. safety regulators threatened fines and legal action against Takata Corp. on Nov. 26 unless the company admits that its driver's air bag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall.
A station in the London Underground subway system provides free Wi-Fi service for foreign visitors in February 2014. The Tube launched free Wi-Fi service in time for the 2012 London Olympics. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Free Wi-Fi bound for 143 Tokyo subway stations next month
Free Wi-Fi will be arriving at Tokyo’s major subway stations next month, allowing passengers to get connected via a simple user registration process through a special app.
Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ADB chief: Japan likely to return to growth in 4th quarter
MANILA, Philippines--The president of the Asian Development Bank said on Nov. 26 that Japan's economy is expected to return to growth in the fourth quarter of this year and its recession will have little impact on Southeast Asian economies.
Honda Motor Co. President Takanobu Ito (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Honda admits under-reporting serious U.S. accidents since 2003
DETROIT/NEW YORK--Honda Motor Co failed to notify U.S. safety regulators of 1,729 claims of injuries and deaths related to accidents in its vehicles since 2003, the automaker acknowledged on Nov. 24.
Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Sony does not plan to renew FIFA sponsorship contract--sources
Sony Corp does not plan to renew its sponsorship contract with FIFA, the governing body for world soccer, as the Japanese electronics maker needs to prioritize its restructuring efforts, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Ricoh Co. President Zenji Miura (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Ricoh wins contract to modernize 129,000 post offices in India
A Ricoh Co. subsidiary has won an order from the Indian government for a project to modernize 129,000 post offices throughout the country with information and communication technologies (ICT), Ricoh said Nov. 26.
Eisai Co. Chief Executive Officer Haruo Naito (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Eisai begins sales of anticancer drug Halaven in Brazil
Major pharmaceutical maker Eisai Co. has launched its anticancer drug Halaven in Brazil, the first product marketed directly by the Tokyo-based Eisai Group in Latin America, it said Nov. 25.
Nissan Motor's new factory in Dalian, Liaoning province, in October (Tokuhiko Saito)
Japan carmakers struggling to keep up with foreign competitors in China
Japanese automakers are still lagging behind their foreign counterparts in China despite overcoming a severe slump in sales following the government’s purchase of some of the Senkaku Islands two years ago.
Japan Blue Co.'s jeans use cotton wholly grown in the Ivory Coast. (Hiroshi Miura)
Okayama company to market luxury jeans with Ivory Coast cotton
KURASHIKI, Okayama Prefecture--A clothing company in Kurashiki, a hotbed for denim production, will start marketing jeans in Japan and abroad that use cotton produced in the Ivory Coast on Nov. 26.
Gold Wing 2015 models are assembled at Kumamoto Factory. (Provided by Honda Motor Co.)
Honda's cumulative global motorcycle production marks 300 million units
Honda Motor Co. announced on Nov. 25 that its cumulative worldwide motorcycle production reached the 300-million-unit milestone in September and held a ceremony at Kumamoto Factory to celebrate reaching the milestone.
The Asahi Shimbun
IMF calculations show little or no inflation Abe hoped for
In-house calculations by the International Monetary Fund showed that Japan’s inflation rate, excluding the effects of foreign exchange fluctuations, has hovered around zero in 2014, sources said.
Tomoki Aoyama, an engineer at Horiba Ltd., next to a compact PM 2.5 measurement device he developed  (Tetsushi Yamamura)
Compact device measures level and source of PM 2.5
KYOTO--Precision tool maker Horiba Ltd. has developed a compact analyzer for PM 2.5 fine particulate matter that can identify individual constituents of the pollutant.

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