Uniqlo to enter Canada in fall 2016 with 2 stores in Toronto
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.
Japan logs record trade deficit in 2014 on weakening yen
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.
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.
Hyundai Motor Co.'s vehicle Aslan is displayed at the South Korean automaker's showroom in Seoul Jan. 22. (AP Photo)
Hyundai Motor reports earnings drop, forecasts weak sales
SEOUL--Hyundai Motor Co. suffered a drop in quarterly earnings and is forecasting weak sales growth this year after falling behind competitors in factory expansions.
Sumitomo inks licensing deal with U.S. display firm for OLED lighting products
Sumitomo Chemical Co. said Jan. 22 it has finalized an agreement with Universal Display Corp. of the United States for non-exclusive licenses to use the latter's technology to make and sell solution-processed organic light emitting diode (OLED) lighting products.
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda meets reporters in Tokyo on Jan. 21. (The Asahi Shimbun)
BOJ sees growth rebounding in coming year
Japan's central bank said Jan. 21 it expects the world's third largest economy to rebound in the coming fiscal year after contracting 0.5 percent this fiscal year, in an upbeat assessment that scuttled hopes for fresh stimulus.
Asian tourists walk through a shopping street in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, on Jan. 19. (Shimpei Doi)
Japan hopes duty-free zones will lure foreign visitors outside Tokyo, Osaka
On a recent weekday, the quaint Ichibangai Shotengai shopping street in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, was crowded with foreign tourists savoring a popular local sweet.
A sign in July 2014 campaigns for the establishment of a station in Nara Prefecture along the maglev Shinkansen line. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Osaka group: Speeding up extension of maglev train route worth 12 trillion yen to economy
OSAKA--Moving up the extension 18 years ahead of schedule of the planned maglev Shinkansen line to Osaka could bring up to 12 trillion yen ($101.8 billion) in economic benefits, according to local experts.
A Toyota-affiliated dealership in Paris in July 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toyota top in global vehicle sales for 3rd year, may fall behind VW in 2015
Toyota Motor Corp. edged rival Volkswagen AG of Germany to remain the industry leader in global sales at 10.23 million vehicles in 2014, its third consecutive year on top, according to figures released Jan. 21.
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda meets reporters in Tokyo on Jan. 21. (The Asahi Shimbun)
BOJ sees growth rebounding in coming year
Japan's central bank said Jan. 21 it expects the world's third largest economy to rebound in the coming fiscal year after contracting 0.5 percent this fiscal year, in an upbeat assessment that scuttled hopes for fresh stimulus.
A shopping street with many shuttered stores in central Shinomoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, located in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's electoral district (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ASAHI POLL: Public skeptical ‘Abenomics’ will benefit cities, rural areas evenly
A majority of respondents harbor doubts that the government's “Abenomics” policies will spread the economic recovery evenly throughout Japan, according to an Asahi Shimbun survey.
Itochu Corp. President Masahiro Okafuji (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Itochu, Charoen Pokphand to jointly invest 1.2 trillion yen in China's CITIC
Itochu Corp., a major trading house, and Charoen Pokphand Group Co. (CPG) of Thailand will jointly acquire shares of about 20 percent in China's CITIC Ltd. under a strategic cooperation agreement to promote collaboration among the three parties in China and other Asian markets, it was announced on Jan. 20.

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