Sliding yen hitting domestic manufacturers, households
Sliding yen hitting domestic manufacturers, households
Concerns are growing that the yen’s recent slide could drag down the Japanese economy because manufacturers are being forced to pay more for imported raw materials and parts.
Nissan, Yokohama extend car-sharing service for another year
Nissan, Yokohama extend car-sharing service for another year
Nissan Motor Co. and the Yokohama city government said Sept. 19 they will extend the trial run of the one-way car-sharing service Choimobi Yokohama until the end of September 2015.
The yen slides to a six-year low of 108.515 against the dollar in Tokyo as of 8:59 a.m. on Sept. 18. (Rei Kishitsu)
Sliding yen hitting domestic manufacturers, households
Concerns are growing that the yen’s recent slide could drag down the Japanese economy because manufacturers are being forced to pay more for imported raw materials and parts.
A SmartEyeglass development prototype (Provided by Sony Corp.)
Sony to develop 'lifestyle enhancing' smart glasses
Sony Corp. announced it has developed a prototype of the transparent eyewear that wirelessly connects to smartphones to superimpose information such as text, symbols and images into the user’s field of view.
Nissan's New Mobility Concept electric vehicle used for the Choimobi Yokohama one-way car-sharing service (Provided by Nissan Motor Co.)
Nissan, Yokohama extend car-sharing service for another year
Nissan Motor Co. and the Yokohama city government said Sept. 19 they will extend the trial run of the one-way car-sharing service Choimobi Yokohama until the end of September 2015.
An online marketplace in China lists business operators who provide purchasing services for the iPhone 6 in Japan. (Tokuhiko Saito)
Chinese sellers tout Japanese iPhone 6 as cheapest import
BEIJING--Online Chinese vendors are plugging Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone 6 marketed for Japan as the cheapest among foreign imports of the device.
Frozen ingredients to be used in traditional Japanese "kaiseki" courses will be exported to Singapore. (Kenji Oyamada)
Zen-Noh to export ingredients for 'kaiseki' course to Singapore restaurant
Japan's leading farm cooperative will begin exporting premium ingredients to be used in traditional "kaiseki" multicourse meals to Japanese restaurants overseas.
Dentsu to acquire Covario’s search and content marketing business
Dentsu Inc.'s global business headquarters, Dentsu Aegis Network Ltd., has reached an agreement to acquire Covario Inc.’s search and content marketing agency business, it was announced Sept. 18.
Toyota vehicles awaiting shipment overseas at the company's hub at the Port of Nagoya (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan logs trade deficit for 26th month in a row
Japan logged a 948.5 billion yen ($8.7 billion) trade deficit in August, the 26th straight month of red ink, as slack demand from China and the U.S. stymied exports, the Finance Ministry said Sept. 18.
Exterior view of Axia South Cikarang (Provided by Toyota Tsusho Corp.)
Indonesian hotel-residence a home away from home for business travelers
An elegant hotel-residence targeting long-term expatriates and business travelers from Japan is set to open in Bekasi in Indonesia, with the aim of supporting the expansion of Japanese companies there.
The Asahi Shimbun
Computer virus steals cash when users log on to bank accounts
A virus that illegally transfers funds to another online account when the user logs on has infected more than 20,000 personal computers in Japan.
Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai speaks during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on Sept. 17. (Shiro Nishihata/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Sony forecasts $2B loss as smartphones lag
Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business.
A package of Starbucks’ “Panama Auromar Geisha” coffee beans is priced at 10,800 yen, while a single cup costs 1,998 yen. (Provided by Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd.)
Starbucks special: upscale java for just under 2,000 yen per cup
The Starbucks chain of coffee shops has begun selling the most expensive java it has ever served.
Provided by Pew Research Center
Pew Research Center: Japanese, Americans skeptical about TPP benefits
Skepticism is rife in Japan and the United States about benefits from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center, a U.S. think tank.
The all-new Mazda2 in Japan (Provided by Mazda Motor Corp.)
Mazda begins production of all-new Mazda2 in Thailand
Mazda Motor Corp. started production Sept. 16 at its facility in Thailand for all-new Mazda2 vehicles that will be shipped to Australia.
The Asahi Shimbun
New station eyed near Toranomon Hills on Tokyo Metro’s Hibiya Line
The Tokyo metropolitan government has its sights set on a new subway station on Tokyo Metro’s Hibiya Line near the Toranomon Hills commercial complex ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games.
Sharp Corp.’s new air purifiers, one with an acrylic front touch panel and the other featuring a voice-assistance function, are shown on Sept. 10 in Osaka. The models will be sold in China from October. (Aki Fukuyama)
Sharp to sell upscale, talking air purifiers in China
Sharp Corp. has unveiled two upscale air purifiers that it will market to wealthy consumers in China, where demand is soaring due to persistent air pollution problems.
Cross Media Station (Provided by Canon Inc.)
Canon developing photo-storage device for easier online sharing
Canon Inc. announced Sept. 16 that it is developing a photo-storage device that will provide users with a simpler way to share digital photos and movies when connected to a computer network.
Artist concepts of the Ashton Asoke, top, and the Ideo Q Siam-Ratchathewi (Provided by Mitsui Fudosan Co.)
Mitsui Fudosan joining high-rise condominium projects in Bangkok
Mitsui Fudosan Co. and Mitsui Fudosan Residential Co. said Sept. 16 they will participate in two high-rise condominium projects housing about 1,330 units in central Bangkok.
The international passenger terminal, in the foreground, of Tokyo's Haneda Airport (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Business jet travelers at Haneda Airport to enjoy faster immigration, emigration services
The government is implementing plans that it hopes will attract more business jets to use Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
The new Lamborghini Huracan uses lightweight carbon fiber in the car body. (Provided by Lamborghini)
Manufacturers vie to develop lightweight materials for auto bodies
Lightweight carbon fiber and petroleum-derived resins are gaining ground in the automotive industry as car makers worldwide seek to enhance fuel efficiency.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.'s new autoclave oven that will be used in manufacture of Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner is seen here at the company's plant in Harima, Hyogo Prefecture,on Sept. 12. (Tetsuya Kasai)
Kawasaki Heavy constructs world's largest autoclave oven to build 787 Dreamliner
HARIMA, Hyogo Prefecture--Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., a key partner in the manufacture of Boeing Co.’s cutting-edge 787 Dreamliner, has built an improved autoclave oven to bake and harden the aircraft’s carbon fiber and resin fuselage.

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