Yamaha developing multilingual announcement system that recognizes inaudible sounds
Yamaha developing multilingual announcement system that recognizes inaudible sounds
HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka Prefecture--Yamaha Corp. is developing a listening app that picks up inaudible sounds planted in Japanese announcements and then decodes and displays the...
ANA, JAL to drop fuel surcharges from April
ANA, JAL to drop fuel surcharges from April
All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Co. will scrap fuel surcharges for their international flights from April to reflect the plummeting cost of jet fuel.
Yamaha's new multilingual announcement system displays information in Chinese on a smartphone at Aeon Mall Narita in Chiba Prefecture. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
Yamaha developing multilingual announcement system that recognizes inaudible sounds
HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka Prefecture--Yamaha Corp. is developing a listening app that picks up inaudible sounds planted in Japanese announcements and then decodes and displays the intended message in English, Chinese and other languages.
Internet provider SoftBank's profit suffers over Sprint
Telecommunications and Internet company SoftBank is reporting an 88 percent drop in fiscal third quarter profit as it struggles to turn around its U.S. carrier Sprint.
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ANA, JAL to drop fuel surcharges from April
All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Co. will scrap fuel surcharges for their international flights from April to reflect the plummeting cost of jet fuel.
Yield on 10-year Japanese government bonds hits zero percent for 1st time as Nikkei slides
The benchmark 10-year Japanese government bond yield hit zero percent Tuesday for the first time on record as a tumble in Tokyo shares boosted demand for safe-haven debt.
Masahito Tsurumi, president of Tsurumi Brewing, shows off the "Sushisake Kamitsuru" line at the sake brewery in Tsushima, Aichi Prefecture. (Takunori Yasuda)
Aichi brewery banks on an intoxicating combination overseas with 'Sushisake'
TSUSHIMA, Aichi Prefecture--As sushi and sake grow ever more popular overseas, a brewery here has combined the two in a brand named Sushisake it hopes will prove as potent as the alcohol itself.
A wearable device attached to a special undershirt. Data, including angle of posture, can be graphically checked on a smartphone app. (Tsukasa Fuke)
Undershirt to keep tabs on health
Underwear will soon be advising wearers on how to take care of their bodies.
Cows wear Gunze Ltd.'s Ushiburu cooling smartwear jacket during an experiment in Ayabe, Kyoto Prefecture. (Provided by Gunze Ltd.)
Cows can 'chill out' in jacket that helps beat the heat
An underwear manufacturer is developing a “smartwear” garment for cows to help them cool off during sweltering summers, facilitating their ability to produce milk.
An artist's rendition of the 9000 series train that will be introduced next year on Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co.'s Tenjin-Omuta Line (Provided by Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co.)
Fukuoka’s Nishitetsu railway to run new commuter train in 2017
FUKUOKA--Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co. (Nishitetsu) will introduce a commuter train here next year with modern amenities that will eventually phase out its well-known 5000 series train, it was announced Feb. 4.
Toyota Motor Corp.'s booth is crowded with visitors in the media preview of the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2015. (AP file photo)
Toyota posts $5.4 billion quarterly profit, raises forecast
Toyota's quarterly profit rose nearly 5 percent as the weaker yen and cost reductions offset declining sales in some markets. The automaker raised its full-year earnings forecast.
The head office of Sharp Corp. in Osaka (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Sharp chooses ¥600-billion rescue offer of Taiwan’s Hon Hai
OSAKA--Embattled electronics manufacturer Sharp Corp. decided to come under the wing of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. in a takeover deal worth more than 600 billion yen ($5 billion), sources said Feb. 4.
Murano is one of the cars Nissan Motor Co. markets in China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
New Japanese car sales in China up markedly in January
New car sales in China by leading Japanese manufacturers in January outpaced those of the corresponding month a year ago, according to figures released by Feb. 3.
Trade delegates, including Japan’s State Minister of Cabinet Office Shuichi Takatori in kimono, pose after signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Auckland, New Zealand, on Feb. 4. (AP Photo)
12 Pacific Rim countries sign free-trade deal in New Zealand
WELLINGTON--Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries including the United States gathered Thursday in New Zealand for the ceremonial signing of a free-trade deal they say will significantly boost trade.
Visitors flock to a Japanese food fair in  Guangzhou, Guangdong province, in China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Exports of food, beverages hit new high of 745.2 billion yen in 2015
Demonstrating the growing popularity of Japanese food overseas, the value of food and beverage exports from Japan reached a record 745.2 billion yen ($6.18 billion) in 2015, with scallops in particular in great demand.
An artist’s rendition of a compartment seat of the “Izu Craile” (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)
Epicurean train service offers quality food and great views of Izu
YOKOHAMA--A new tourist train called “Izu Craile” will link Odawara Station in Kanagawa Prefecture with Izukyu-Shimoda Station, a popular holiday destination in Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture.
Oil used to deep-fry Lawson Inc.'s signature fried snacks, such as the "karaage-kun" fried chicken pack, will be converted to biodiesel fuel to power the new Lawson store opening in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, on Feb. 5. (Provided by Lawson Inc.)
Lawson to use fried foods waste oil to power new Himeji store
Fried chicken and French fries will be environmentally friendly choices after Lawson Inc. starts operating its first store that runs on waste oil through biomass power generation.
Nintendo's quarterly profit slips 36% on lower sales
Nintendo Co. reported a 36 percent drop in quarterly profit after lackluster video game sales for the year-end holiday shopping season.
Toyota to suspend Japan production due to parts shortage
Toyota Motor Corp. says it will suspend vehicle production in Japan for six days this month due to a shortage of parts.
Yuji Maekawa, right, chairman of the Himeji Oden Promotion Commission, explains Himeji Oden to potential buyers, including a Vietnamese client, in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, on Oct. 9. (Saki Mizoroki)
Kansai companies work to spread cheap, tasty local foods around Asia
OSAKA--Since foreign tourists develop a hearty appetite for delicious Kansai region cuisine, food makers and restaurant chain operators see a potential market when the tourists return home.
The image of the luxury sleeper Nanatsuboshi (Seven Stars)’s wedding plan (Provided by JR Kyushu)
JR Kyushu offers one-of-a-kind wedding tour on luxury sleeper train
Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) is offering one lucky couple the chance to win a dream wedding tour with exclusive overnight use of the luxury sleeper train Nanatsuboshi (Seven Stars)--with just one catch.
Daihatsu Motor Co. President Masanori Mitsui introduces the Cast minicar model in September 2015. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toyota raising stake in Daihatsu to make it wholly owned
Toyota is planning to raise its half stake in small car maker Daihatsu to full ownership, a move both sides said was aimed at becoming globally more competitive.

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