Beijing to host headquarters of China-led global bank
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...
Foreign visitors to Japan in September set record high for the month
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 ...
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 provide free anti-virus medicine to Ebola patients in Africa
The Fujifilm group said Oct. 20 that it will mass-produce an anti-influenza drug that has shown promise in treating Ebola patients and provide it for free in Africa.
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.
The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, now under development, is shown to reporters at a rollout ceremony in Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture, on Oct. 18. (Taku Hosokawa)
Ceremony held for first ‘made-in-Japan’ passenger jet
TOYOYAMA, Aichi Prefecture--A rollout ceremony for Japan’s first domestically-produced passenger jet was held here Oct. 18, indicating that development has entered the final stages.
Kao Corp. is looking into algae as a potential source of surfactants for shampoo. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kao in a lather over algae-based shampoo
Household goods maker Kao Corp. may soon be using algae to produce cleansing agents for its products, specifically shampoo.
Tableware of Yamanaka-nuri lacquerware and place mats of Nishijin-ori textiles (Keiichi Kitagawa)
Sogo & Seibu to export modern traditional tableware
The operator of Sogo and Seibu department stores is planning to export Arita porcelain tableware and other modern-looking Japanese crafts to tap into the vast overseas interior product market.
President Masumi Minegishi, front row, third from left, and senior officials attend a ceremony commemorating Recruit Holdings Co.'s debut at the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Oct. 16. (Reina Kitamura)
Recruit impresses in IPO, announces global expansion plans
Recruit Holdings Co. announced ambitious overseas expansion plans after the company made its debut on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Oct. 16 in the biggest initial public offering in Japan this year.
Toyota Motor Corp.'s fuel-cell vehicle "Mirai" to be marketed in December (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toyota to release world's 1st FCVs in December
Toyota Motor Corp. will be the world’s first automaker to market eco-friendly fuel-cell vehicles with a planned Dec. 15 release date, according to company sources.
Models wearing Uniqlo’s new fleece jacket lineup appear during a news conference in Tokyo on Oct. 15. (Takaharu Yagi)
Fast Retailing celebrates 20th anniversary of fleece jackets, targets record sales
Fast Retailing Co. released an expanded lineup of fleece jackets to mark the 20th anniversary of the product that helped turn the company into a retail giant and spread its Uniqlo brand around the world.
Toshiba, United Technologies strengthen collaboration with joint venture
Toshiba Corp. and United Technologies Corp. (UTC) announced on Oct. 17 that they have entered into an agreement to strengthen collaboration through their joint venture, Toshiba Carrier Corp. (TCC).
The YZF-R3 North American version (Provided by Yamaha Motor Co.)
Yamaha Motor to release YZF-R3 sports model globally
Yamaha Motor Co. announced on Oct. 17 that the YZF-R3 sports model motorcycle, powered by a 320cc water-cooled, inline two-cylinder engine, is scheduled for global release, starting with North America in late January 2015 and then later in Europe, Asia and other regions.
A human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell (Provided by Shinya Yamanaka)
Cosmetics maker Kose uses iPS technology to take 30 years off man's skin
Cosmetics maker Kose Corp. has succeeded in taking the equivalent of about 30 years off the life of skin samples from a 67-year-old man using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, the company said Oct. 15.
Lexus LS sedan (Provided by Toyota Motor Corp.)
Toyota recalls Lexuses in U.S. for fuel leak risk; among 3 recalls totaling 1.7 million cars
DETROIT--Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling about 423,000 older-model Lexus luxury cars in the U.S. market because a gasket can leak fuel and possibly cause a fire. The move is among three global recalls that Toyota announced on Oct. 15 totaling about 1.7 million vehicles.

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