Zenrin digital map service now available for tablet users
Zenrin digital map service now available for tablet users
KITA-KYUSHU--Zenrin Co. said it has started offering its digital map service that shows the names of home owners and individual buildings to users of tablet devices.
Japan, U.S. far apart in TPP talks on beef, pork, dairy products
Japan, U.S. far apart in TPP talks on beef, pork, dairy products
Japan and the United States are mired in a stalemate over beef, pork and dairy products as negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement enter the final stage.
Akira Amari, state minister in charge of the TPP, talks to reporters in Washington on April 17 after negotiations with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. (Tomoya Fujita)
Japan, U.S. far apart in TPP talks on beef, pork, dairy products
Japan and the United States are mired in a stalemate over beef, pork and dairy products as negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement enter the final stage.
Zenrin Co.'s digital maps service now available for tablet device users (Provided by Zenrin Co.)
Zenrin digital map service now available for tablet users
KITA-KYUSHU--Zenrin Co. said it has started offering its digital map service that shows the names of home owners and individual buildings to users of tablet devices.
A robotics assembly plant operated by a Japanese company in China's Jiangsu province (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese investment in China posts 47% year-on-year drop in first 3 months
BEIJING--China’s Commerce Ministry said direct investments by Japanese companies in the January-March period tumbled by 47.2 percent from the same period last year due to the strained relations between the two nations.
Subaru Outback (Provided by Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.)
Fuji Heavy rolls out all-new Subaru Outback at New York auto show
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru automobiles, said April 18 that it unveiled the all-new Outback (U.S. specifications) at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.
The building Sumitomo Corp. has acquired in downtown Chicago (Provided by Sumitomo Corp.)
Sumitomo acquires prime office property in downtown Chicago
Sumitomo Corp. said April 18 that it has acquired office property in the central business district of Chicago through subsidiary Sumitomo Corp. of America for $111.5 million (11.42 billion yen).
A miniature model of Hokkaido Railway Co.’s H5 series bullet train for the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line (The Asahi Shimbun)
JR Hokkaido reveals design of new bullet train series
Winter scenery and other images from Japan’s northernmost main island will decorate the new bullet trains for use on the planned Hokkaido Shinkansen Line.
Special cranes move 150-meter-long rails, the world's longest. (Provided by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp.)
Nippon Steel to ship world's longest train rails
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. said it has manufactured the world’s longest weld-free rails and created a system for the tricky process of transporting the 150-meter-long products.
Visibility is low over central Beijing in June due to air pollution by PM 2.5. (Nanae Kurashige)
Japanese businesses lend hand to China in fighting air pollution
Japanese businesses are helping China in its battle against pollution, hoping that technical cooperation may also help clear the air concerning bilateral relations.
Workers remove the covering of a new fare chart at JR Shinjuku Station on April 1, when the consumption tax rate rose from 5 percent to 8 percent. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Government cuts economic assessment after consumption tax hike
Japan's government slightly cut its overall view on the economy, its first downgrade in a year and a half, but officials shrugged off the need for more stimulus to support the economy.
The “Zoom Up Mike” developed by NTT (Provided by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp.)
NTT develops mike that can pick up sound from 20 meters away
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. said it has developed a microphone that can clearly pick up a single voice from 20 meters away.
Calculator “fx-FD10 Pro”
Casio to sell ‘tough’ calculator for surveyors
Casio Computer Co. will start selling a calculator exclusively designed for survey engineers that can withstand the tough working conditions that come with the profession.
Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles at a news conference in Tokyo's Kasumigaseki district on Feb. 28 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange headed for liquidation after court rejects bankruptcy protection
The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for liquidation after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application.
Joseph Nicolaas van Caldenborgh, from the Netherlands, second from right, and his partner, Charlotte Weers, far right, talk on a platform at JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka on April 11 about their just-concluded trip aboard the Nanatsuboshi train. (Kaname Kakuta)
JR Kyushu struggles to attract foreign travelers for luxury cruise train
FUKUOKA--When JR Kyushu launched its new luxury sleeper cruise train, the Nanatsuboshi (Seven Stars), in October 2013, it envisioned foreign passengers occupying half the suites.
Vietnamese employees develop websites in Japanese at Evolable Asia in Ho Chi Minh City. (Akihiro Nishiyama)
Japanese companies set up IT businesses in Vietnam
HO CHI MINH CITY--As the Vietnamese government invests in information technology education, the country's rapidly growing pool of talent is attracting notice from Japanese website and smartphone app developers.
Cargo containers stacked in the port of Guangzhou, Guangdong province (The Asahi Shimbun)
China's growth slows to 24-year low of 7.4 percent
BEIJING--China's economic growth slowed to a 24-year low of 7.4 percent in the first quarter, raising the risk of job losses and a potential impact on its trading partners.
Nissan's new Brazilian industrial complex in Resende, state of Rio de Janeiro (Provided by Nissan Motor Co.)
Nissan opens production facility in Brazil to grow market share
Nissan Motor Co. officially opened its $1.2 billion (122 billion yen) complex in Resende, state of Rio de Janeiro, the automaker said April 15.
Sony, Hydro-Quebec join to develop large-scale electric storage system
Sony Corp. and Canada's largest electricity producer, Hydro-Quebec, announced April 16 they will establish a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids.
Toshiba Corp. unveils its new 40-inch 4K TV, the J9X, in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on April 14. (Tomoyuki Izawa)
Toshiba to launch Japan’s smallest 4K TV in July
Toshiba Corp. will release in July a 40-inch TV with 4K resolution, the smallest model featuring the next-generation ultra-high definition technology, it was announced April 14.
Sony Corp. shows off ultra-high definition 4K TV sets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Ultra-high definition TV part of World Cup program
The World Cup will showcase the latest in TV technology that industry leaders hope will usher in a new era in sports broadcasting.
The Pentax 645Z (Provided by Ricoh Imaging Co.)
Ricoh to release super-high-resolution Pentax 645Z digital SLR camera
A new Pentax medium-format digital single-lens reflex camera will hit stores in late June, Ricoh Imaging Co. said April 15.

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