Toyota to produce Prius hybrid in Brazil by 2016
Toyota to produce Prius hybrid in Brazil by 2016
Toyota Motor Corp. will begin production of its Prius hybrid electric vehicle in Brazil as early as 2016, according to sources.
Regional banks to adopt system to retain married employees who relocate
Regional banks to adopt system to retain married employees who relocate
Regional banks are considering introducing a system to allow employees who have to move because of a spousal job transfer to work at different banks in their new locations.
A Prius hybrid electric vehicle from Toyota Motor Corp. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toyota to produce Prius hybrid in Brazil by 2016
Toyota Motor Corp. will begin production of its Prius hybrid electric vehicle in Brazil as early as 2016, according to sources.
Planned site for a Chiba Bank branch adjacent to a Joyo Bank office (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Regional banks to adopt system to retain married employees who relocate
Regional banks are considering introducing a system to allow employees who have to move because of a spousal job transfer to work at different banks in their new locations.
Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia
SHANGHAI--Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Oct. 24 as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders.
A weather station, left, and a soil sensor (Provided by NEC Corp.)
NEC, Dacom collaborate on high-tech farming to maximize crop yields, cut costs
NEC Corp. and Netherlands agri-IT firm Dacom announced Oct. 24 the results of a "precision farming solution" trial in Romania that used environmental sensors and data analytics software to maximize yields at a reduced cost.
Honda Sensing system (Provided by Honda Motor Co.)
Honda introduces Honda Sensing advanced driver-assistive system
Honda Motor Co. said Oct. 24 it has developed a system to reduce car collisions that will go on sale in Japan before the end of this year, and then be successively introduced to more models.
Tom Daschle, an adviser to the Northeast Maglev (TNEM) project, speaks during an international conference in Tokyo on Oct. 22. (Kenichiro Saito)
Export of maglev technologies to U.S. greeted with optimism at rail conference
The operator of the planned Chuo Shinkansen Line reiterated its desire to export Japanese maglev technologies to the United States during an international conference on high-speed rail systems in Tokyo on Oct. 22.
Seats on the Yurikamome Line's new 7300-series train have an upward tilt to force passengers to sit with better posture. (Provided by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.)
Train seats designed to end annoyance of outstretched legs
With etiquette posters and onboard announcements having little effect, train designers have turned to ergonomics to end the annoyance and hindrance caused by passengers with outstretched legs.
Kose Corp.’s recently released Age Sensation Mask is a double facial sheet that helps lift sagging cheeks. (Provided by Kose Corp.)
Kose releases snug anti-aging face mask
People battling aging with related skin-care products may want to get their hands on Kose Corp.’s newest face mask.
Fujitsu Ltd. President Masami Yamamoto (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Spanish bank orders 8,500 ATMs from Fujitsu
Japanese computer giant Fujitsu Ltd. said Oct. 22 it has received an order for about 8,500 automated teller machines (ATMs) from CaixaBank, a leading financial institution in Spain.
The GIF-H290Z Gastrointestinal Videoscope (Provided by Olympus Corp.)
Olympus to release upgraded endoscopes for improved cancer detection
A key Olympus Corp. subsidiary will start selling two upgraded versions of magnifying endoscopes in Japan this fiscal year for earlier detection and treatment of stomach and colon cancers, among other diseases, the company said Oct. 22.
Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Beijing to host headquarters of China-led global bank
SINGAPORE--Investor countries in the planned Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have agreed to set up its headquarters in Beijing, according to sources involved in negotiations.
Tourists from Asian nations crowd the duty-free shops at Kansai International Airport in September. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Foreign visitors to Japan in September set record high for the month
The Japan National Tourism Organization announced Oct. 22 that more than 1 million foreigners visited Japan in September, the most for the month since the JNTO started compiling the statistics in 2003.
MHI aircraft manufacturer in Vietnam completes new plant
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. announced Oct. 22 that its subsidiary in Vietnam has completed the construction of a new factory in Hanoi and the production of passenger doors for the Boeing 777 is under way.
Favipiravir, an influenza drug produced by Fujifilm Corp. under the brand name Avigan, is also being used to treat Ebola patients. (Provided by Fujifilm Corp.)
Fujifilm to produce anti-virus medicine for Ebola patients in Africa
The Fujifilm group said Oct. 20 that it will mass-produce an anti-influenza drug that has shown potential in treating Ebola patients.
Former professional soccer great Hidetoshi Nakata takes a sip of sake for the new Sakenomy iPhone app. (Provided by MTI Ltd.)
Soccer great Nakata returns to help pitch app that recommends sake brand
A former Japanese soccer star is hoping to bring his scoring touch to an iPhone app that delves into the enchanting world of sake.
A construction site of a large condominium complex in Hubei province (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China's economic growth slows to 7.3 percent in Q3, near 6-year low
BEIJING--China's economic growth cooled to 7.3 percent between July and September from a year earlier, the weakest expansion since the global financial crisis and reinforcing expectations that Beijing will need to roll out more stimulus to avert a sharper slowdown.
Ajinomoto Genexine Co.'s new plant in South Korea (Provided by Ajinomoto Co.)
Ajinomoto launches cell culture media supply base in South Korea
Ajinomoto Genexine Co. has started full-scale operations of a new plant in Incheon, South Korea, for cell culture media used in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, Ajinomoto Co. said Oct. 20.
An artist's concept of the Iconsiam commercial complex (Provided by Takashimaya Co.)
Takashimaya to open department store in new Bangkok mall in 2017
Major department store chain operator Takashimaya Co. announced on Oct. 21 that it will open an outlet as an anchor tenant of a new commercial complex that will be completed in Bangkok in 2017.
An All Nippon Airways airplane, foreground, and a Japan Airlines aircraft are seen at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
JAL, ANA to increase codeshare flights to Brazil, Africa
Japan Airlines will expand codeshare flights with American Airlines (AA) in routes between the United States and Brazil on Oct. 26 while All Nippon Airways will start codeshare flights with Ethiopian Airlines the same day, the Tokyo-based carriers said.
Turkmenistan’s largest fertilizer complex constructed by Sojitz Corp. and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. (Provided by Sojitz Corp.)
Sojitz, Kawasaki Heavy complete Turkmenistan’s largest fertilizer factory
Sojitz Corp. and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. have jointly completed the construction of Turkmenistan’s largest fertilizer complex for the country’s state-run petrochemical company, the two firms said.

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