Toyota's fuel-cell Mirai offers quiet ride with race-car acceleration
Toyota's fuel-cell Mirai offers quiet ride with race-car acceleration
Directed by a Toyota Motor Corp. employee, I sat in the driver's seat for a test ride of a Mirai, the world's first fuel-cell vehicle to be sold on a commercial basis, on a course...
Skymark in talks with JAL for code-sharing arrangement
Skymark in talks with JAL for code-sharing arrangement
Struggling Skymark Airlines Inc. is in talks with Japan Airlines Co. for a code-sharing arrangement involving five routes out of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, a potential deal that has...
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.
An Airbus A330 aircraft to be used by Skymark Airlines in its possible code-sharing arrangement with JAL (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Skymark in talks with JAL for code-sharing arrangement
Struggling Skymark Airlines Inc. is in talks with Japan Airlines Co. for a code-sharing arrangement involving five routes out of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, a potential deal that has infuriated rivals.
A jetliner operated by All Nippon Airways Co. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANA to slash fares for Tokyo-Hokuriku flights to compete with new Shinkansen
All Nippon Airways Co. said Nov. 21 that it will reduce fares for flights between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and two regional airports in the Hokuriku region from March to better compete with the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line.
An iron production factory in Hebei province, China (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China joins other nations to boost growth
BEIJING--China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Nov. 21 to re-energize the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown.
An Asahi Shimbun reporter drives Toyota Motor Corp.’s fuel-cell vehicle on a test-ride course in Tokyo’s Koto Ward on Nov. 19. (Shigetaka Kodama)
Toyota's fuel-cell Mirai offers quiet ride with race-car acceleration
Directed by a Toyota Motor Corp. employee, I sat in the driver's seat for a test ride of a Mirai, the world's first fuel-cell vehicle to be sold on a commercial basis, on a course in Tokyo's Koto Ward.
Casio Computer Co.'s music-making smartphone app that turns short, hummed tunes into songs (Provided by Casio Computer Co.)
Casio Computer app lets anyone be a songwriter by humming tune
Casio Computer Co. has developed a smartphone app that will compose songs when users hum short, original melodies into the microphone.
In a photo sticker created with the machine for the United States, left, eyes do not appear as prominent as in the sticker produced with a machine used in Japan, right. Similarly, the skin is not as whitish as in the Japanese-made sticker. (Photos provided by Furyu Corp.)
Hollywood to get first photo sticker machine fine-tuned for Americans
The first Japanese “purikura” photo sticker machines designed specifically for the U.S. market will be available in California from December.
Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president of quality at air bag maker Takata Corp., apologizes before a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in Washington on Nov. 20. (AP Photo)
Takata exec apologizes over air bag scandal, Honda admits it failed to quickly report trouble
WASHINGTON--The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda Motor Co. acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags.
The Mazda2 sedan (Provided by Mazda Motor Corp.)
Mazda2 sedan to debut at Thailand motor show
Mazda Motor Corp. announced Nov. 21 that it will unveil the sedan version of Mazda2 (Mazda Demio in Japan) at the Thailand International Motor Expo 2014 later this month.
Citizen Watch's flagship store in New York (Provided by Citizen Watch Co.)
Citizen Watch launches global flagship store in New York's Times Square
Citizen Watch Co. has opened a flagship store in New York City's iconic Times Square, the company's first such store in North America, it said Nov. 20.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.'s new liquid hydrogen plant in Harima, Hyogo Prefecture, on Nov. 19 (Tetsuya Kasai)
Kawasaki Heavy creates Japanese-made liquid hydrogen plant
HARIMA, Hyogo Prefecture--Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. became the first company to establish a plant that turns hydrogen gas into liquid fuel using only Japanese components.
Passenger cars are loaded on a transport vessel for export in Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Nov. 3. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan trade deficit narrows in October as exports rise
The drop in oil prices helped trim Japan's trade deficit in October, as exports of cars, ships and steel picked up pace.
Updated Mazda6 built according to U.S. specifications (Provided by Mazda Motor Corp.)
Updated Mazda6, CX-5 on display in L.A.
Mazda Motor Corp. on Nov. 19 revealed updated versions of the Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 at the Los Angeles Auto Show in California.
Sojitz wins contract for railway electrification works in India
Japan’s Sojitz Corp. and India’s Larsen & Toubro Ltd. have won a contract from the Indian railway ministry for electrification work on a 915-kilometer section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor.
An artist's conception of Shimizu Corp.'s Ocean Spiral structure (Provided by Shimizu Corp.)
First deep-sea city of the future could be reality by 2030
Residents could be living in a massive eco-city extending thousands of meters beneath the ocean's surface within 15 years, according to a plan unveiled Nov. 18 by a leading Japanese construction firm.
A facility occupied by automotive parts maker Takata in Auburn Hills, Michigan, on August 16, 2014. (AP Photo)
U.S. auto regulator seeks nationwide recall of Takata air bags
WASHINGTON--The U.S. auto safety regulator on Nov. 18 called on Japanese supplier Takata and five automakers to expand nationwide a regional recall of potentially deadly air bags, increasing pressure on the industry to act more swiftly in the growing scandal.
Honda Motor Co. President Takanobu Ito shows a concept car with its new fuel cell system at its head office in Tokyo on Nov. 17. (Shigeo Ohata)
Honda displays first five-seat fuel cell vehicle
Honda Motor Co. has reduced the size of its fuel cell system to create the first vehicle of its kind that can accommodate five people, the automaker said.
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.’s new light-emitting diode (LED) technology enables smartphone users to see information on items illuminated in special LED lights. (Shinya Takagi)
New Fujitsu LED technology sheds new light on illuminated items
Finding out more about products in shops or works of art in museums may soon be as simple as pointing a smartphone camera at it.
Toyota Motor Corp. unveils all new fuel cell vehicle FCV "Mirai" in Tokyo Nov. 18. (Nobuhiro Shirai/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Toyota to start sales of fuel cell car next month
There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.
A rendition of the Diamond Vision screen at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York (Provided by Mitsubishi Electric Corp.)
Mitsubishi Electric to showcase world's largest high-definition display in Times Square
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. will unveil the world's highest resolution LED video screen at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City's iconic Times Square, it announced Nov. 18.

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