Sake, shochu makers enlist chemical firms to help develop pure high-quality brands
Sake, shochu makers enlist chemical firms to help develop pure high-quality brands
An increasing number of sake breweries and shochu distillers nationwide are forging tie-ups with chemical makers to develop new brands by taking advantage of the latter’s...
Samsung unveils sleek new Galaxy phones to battle Apple
Samsung unveils sleek new Galaxy phones to battle Apple
BARCELONA--South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones, featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim the throne of...
A Kawagoe Discount Pass for adults (Provided by Tobu Railway Co.)
Discount train ticket for foreign travelers welcomes visitors to Kawagoe
Tobu Railway Co. has begun selling a Kawagoe Discount Pass, a special train ticket limited to foreign travelers who plan to visit Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, known for its historic buildings.
J.K. Shin, CEO of Samsung's mobile division, shows the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on the eve of this week’s Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona on March 1. (AP Photo)
Samsung unveils sleek new Galaxy phones to battle Apple
BARCELONA--South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones, featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim the throne of undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc.
“Aurora Vision” screens are installed above the right- and left-field stands at the Sapporo Dome baseball stadium in Hokkaido. (Provided by Mitsubishi Electric Corp.)
Mitsubishi Electric installs highest-resolution screens in Sapporo Dome
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has installed at the Sapporo Dome three large video screens with the highest resolution in any professional baseball stadium in Japan, the Tokyo-based company said March 2.
The PopCamera digital signage system (Provided by Toppan Printing Co.)
New digital signage by Toppan moonlights as fun camera
Toppan Printing Co. has developed a digital signage system that not only provides useful information but also takes fun photos.
Kaika brand potato shochu developed by Nishi Sake Brewing Co. (Provided by Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp.)
Sake, shochu makers enlist chemical firms to help develop pure high-quality brands
An increasing number of sake breweries and shochu distillers nationwide are forging tie-ups with chemical makers to develop new brands by taking advantage of the latter’s technologies.
In this Feb. 27, 2015 photo, a Chinese family walk past a China Dream billboard, showing messages pushed by Chinese President Xi Jinping's administration on display in Beijing. (AP Photo)
China's central bank cuts rates again to boost economy
BEIJING--China's central bank cut interest rates for the second time in three months Feb. 28, adding to signs the country's leaders are worried the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply.
Tachikichi Corp.'s ceramic tableware are valued as gift items. (Tetsushi Yamamura)
Investors move to capitalize on J-brand recognition
Domestic and foreign investment funds are snapping up Japanese companies with high brand recognition on the expectation they will drive up sales on the back of growing overseas interest in Japanese culture.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
India goes for growth, delays cut in fiscal deficit
NEW DELHI--India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Feb. 28 announced a budget aimed at high growth, saying the pace of cutting the fiscal deficit would slow as he seeks to boost investment and ensure that ordinary people benefit.
An artist's rendition of the “sweet train" (Provided by Kyushu Railway Co.)
Service for sweet-toothed train buffs to start in Kyushu
FUKUOKA--Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) plans to start a “sweet train” service this summer that will serve custom-made confectioneries on a restored train from the Meiji Era (1868-1912).
Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toyota looks to clinch long-term partner status for Olympic Games
Toyota Motor Corp. will likely become an official sponsor of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics next month, joining the ranks of McDonald’s Corp. and Coca-Cola Co.
A “Genba Danshi” website says, “It is we that support the Japanese industries from behind the scenes.” (Provided by the Osaka Urban Industry Promotion Center)
Kawasaki to give manufacturers a 'cool' image to attract young workers
KAWASAKI--The Kawasaki city government in April will start a campaign to give a “cool” image to jobs that have long been considered difficult, dirty and dangerous.
Hitachi's CrystEna compact container-type energy storage system is being demonstrated in a project in the United States. (Provided by Hitachi Ltd.)
Hitachi, Demansys demonstrate compact energy storage system in U.S.
Hitachi Ltd. said Feb. 26 its U.S subsidiary and an American smart grid technology company have started demonstrations of their recently completed 1-megawatt lithium ion energy storage facility.
Chinese tourists line up at cash registers that handle duty-free goods in Osaka on Feb. 24. (Kazumi Tako)
Chinese New Year holidaymakers revel in spending weakened yen across Japan
As departing tourists packed airports at the close of the Chinese New Year celebration, department stores and retail outlets across Japan were also celebrating sharp increases in sales over the weeklong period.
Dentsu Inc.'s head office in Tokyo's Shiodome district (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Dentsu reports advertising expenditures in Japan top 6 trillion yen for 1st time in 7 years
Advertising expenditures in Japan for 2014 totaled 6.15 trillion yen ($51.63 billion), increasing 2.9 percent from the previous year, according to advertising giant Dentsu Inc.
Takahiro Hachigo (Provided by Honda Motor Co.)
Honda president to step aside following air-bag defect scandal
Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, said Feb. 23 its president Takanobu Ito will step aside and be replaced by another Honda executive.
Kazuhide Sekiyama (Photo by Masanobu Hayasaka)
President of spider silk fabric developer says insects are sophisticated
In a scene from the 2004 movie "Spider-Man 2," Spidey attempts to stop a runaway train by shooting webs from his hands at buildings alongside the tracks and pulling, using the power of the silk to bring it to a halt.
3-D suction blow molding equipment ASPI (Provided by Itochu SysTech Corp.)
Itochu to sell advanced Italian technology used in production of lighter vehicles
Itochu SysTech Corp. said Feb. 23 it has concluded an agreement with Italy’s Soffiaggio Tecnica S.R.L. (ST) for sales of 3-D suction blow molding equipment in Japan to domestic automotive parts manufacturers.
In this July 9, 2002 file photo, Yutaka Katayama, a former president of Nissan Motor Co.’s U.S. unit, speaks during an interview at his office in Tokyo.  (AP Photo)
Yutaka Katayama, 'father of the Z' Nissan sports car, dies at 105
Yutaka Katayama, a former president of Nissan Motor Co.'s U.S. unit who built the Z sports car into a powerful global brand in the 1970s, has died, his son said on Feb. 21. He was 105.
Menus offer halal-certified ingredients at a Muslim-friendly Manekineko karaoke box outlet in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Provided by Koshidaka Holdings Co.)
Japanese businesses turn to halal menus to lure Muslim customers
Restaurants and retailers in Japan are enhancing their selection of halal food permissible under Islamic law to cater to an increasing number of visitors of Islamic faith.
A drone that will be mass-produced in Japan on a test flight in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 20 (Satoru Sekiguchi)
Japan's 1st mass-produced drone takes maiden flight
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--The nation's first mass-produced drone underwent a test flight here Feb. 20 ahead of work assisting cleanup crews near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

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