Undersea tunnel construction technique helps restore coral reefs
Undersea tunnel construction technique helps restore coral reefs
As coral reefs continue to fall victim to global warming, a major Japanese construction company is working to restore these endangered ecosystems using underwater tunnel building...
Nokia to acquire Panasonic's mobile base station business
Nokia to acquire Panasonic's mobile base station business
Panasonic Corp. will sell its business of setting up mobile phone base stations to Finnish communication equipment giant Nokia, sources said.
Dozens of coral larvae have settled on mortar blocks and grown to a maximum 4 centimeters in Taisei Corp.'s trial coral reef restoration off Miyakojima island in Okinawa Prefecture. (Provided by Taisei Corp.)
Undersea tunnel construction technique helps restore coral reefs
As coral reefs continue to fall victim to global warming, a major Japanese construction company is working to restore these endangered ecosystems using underwater tunnel building technology.
Panasonic Corp. headquarters and the company's main factory in Kadoma, Osaka Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nokia to acquire Panasonic's mobile base station business
Panasonic Corp. will sell its business of setting up mobile phone base stations to Finnish communication equipment giant Nokia, sources said.
The Nozza Grande (Provided by Yamaha Motor Co.)
Yamaha markets new scooter for Vietnamese women
Yamaha Motor Co. will release an updated version of its female-oriented city scooter for the Vietnamese market in August, the motorcycle maker said July 22.
A rendering of the new company premises in Saudi Arabia (Provided by Sumitomo Corp.)
Sumitomo acquires 50% stake in Saudi construction equipment sales company
Sumitomo Corp. has acquired a 50-percent share in Abdul Latif Jameel Summit Co. of Saudi Arabia.
Masami Shimizu, president of Eurus Energy Holdings Corp., outlines his company's ambitious plans during an interview in Tokyo. (Ken Miyazaki)
Eurus Energy to double global wind power generation output over 5 years
Industry giant Eurus Energy Holdings Corp. plans to double global wind power generation capacity over the next five years, its president said.
A smart rice-planting machine traverses a paddy in Niigata's Akiha Ward. It automatically adjusts the amount of fertilizer by linking with a smartphone or a computer. (Kazutaka Kamizawa)
'IT wave' sweeps over rice paddies with smartphones, computerized farm machines
NIIGATA--In mid-May, Junichi Hirano was out working his rice paddies in Akiha Ward.
Pioneer Corp.’s high-end PLX-1000 analog record player (Yoshihiro Yokomakura)
Businesses turn analog to meet demand for vinyl
With vinyl making a comeback, audio equipment makers, music retailers and artists are responding in kind.
Nissan Motor Co. tests one of its autonomous cars on a highway on Nov. 25. (Masahiro Yuchi)
Nissan to market its first self-driving cars by end of 2016
Nissan Motor Co. will market cars with autonomous driving capabilities by the end of 2016, making it the first Japanese automaker to offer a detailed timetable for the release of such advanced self-driving technologies.
Workers at a dried bonito plant in Makurazaki, Kagoshima Prefecture, remove bones from fish. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
First Japanese dried bonito plant in France to start production next year
Europeans can soon be enjoying the taste of traditional “katsuobushi” (dried bonito) that won't have to be imported from Japan, as manufacturers in Makurazaki, Kagoshima Prefecture, are gearing up to build the first plant in France.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, pose for a photo after his arrival to the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia on July 17. (AP Photo)
China deepens ties to Brazil, plans to build railways
BRASILIA--China expanded its trade partnership with Brazil on July 17 with $7.5 billion in financing for Brazilian miner Vale, the purchase of 60 passenger jets from planemaker Embraer and renewed commitment to invest in infrastructure.
Nikesh Arora (Provided by Google Inc.)
Google executive Arora to join Softbank as vice chairman
Softbank Corp. announced July 18 that Nikesh Arora, chief business officer of Google Inc., will be joining the company in October as vice chairman of Softbank Corp. and CEO of Softbank Internet and Media Inc. (SIMI).
A ticket for the free Wi-Fi service (Provided by KDDI Corp.)
KDDI, Wire and Wireless offering free Wi-Fi service for foreign tourists on Mt. Fuji
KDDI Corp. and Wire and Wireless Co. said July 18 that they have started to provide free Wi-Fi wireless Internet connection for foreign tourists visiting Mount Fuji.
Workers monitor the hot spring water that Mitsubishi Estate Co. discovered in Tokyo's Otemachi district. (Provided by Mitsubishi Estate Co.)
Mitsubishi Estate uncovers hot spring in Tokyo's Otemachi
Industry giant Mitsubishi Estate Co. announced it has tapped a hot spring source in the heart of Tokyo’s business district.
The Peninsula Tokyo is located close to the business districts of Otemachi and Marunouchi. (Masaki Hashida)
Tokyo hotel plans helicopter service for guests using Narita Airport
The Peninsula Tokyo will seek transport ministry approval to become the first hotel in Japan to use a helicopter to transport guests to and from Narita Airport.
Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn at a news conference on May 12 in Yokohama's Nishi Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nissan's Ghosn wary of Abe's target of 30 percent women in top jobs
Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn raised doubts over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's call to appoint women to 30 percent of top jobs by 2020, saying rushing to meet such a target could set the firm and its staff up for failure.
Yuzo Ishikawa, senior vice president of KDDI Corp., and Sumitomo Corp. Executive Vice President Shinichi Sasaki, right, attend a news conference in Tokyo on July 16. (The Asahi Shimbun)
KDDI, Sumitomo hook up with Myanmar telecom
KDDI Corp. and Sumitomo Corp. have struck a deal with state-run Myanmar Posts & Telecommunications to jointly operate a mobile phone service in Myanmar.
Artist's rendering of power plant (Provided by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd.)
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power subsidiary to help build thermal power unit in Poland
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd. said July 17 its subsidiary in Europe has reached a deal with two European firms to jointly construct a lignite-fired ultra-supercritical-pressure thermal power unit in Turow, Poland.
Haneda Airport's international terminal (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
JR East planning speedier line from Tokyo to Haneda Airport in 2025
East Japan Railway Co. plans to open a new, faster line connecting central Tokyo with Haneda Airport, beginning around 2025, sources said, which could shave more than 10 minutes off the commute.
Leaders of the BRICS nations, from left, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, China's President Xi Jinping and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, pose for a group photo during the BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, on July 15. (AP Photo)
BRICS set up Shanghai-based bank to counter Western grip on global finances
FORTALEZA, Brazil--Leaders of the BRICS emerging market nations launched a $100 billion development bank and a currency reserve pool on July 15 in their first concrete step toward reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system.
Toshiba's steam turbine (Provided by Toshiba Corp.)
Toshiba to supply steam turbines, generators to geothermal power plant in Indonesia
Toshiba Corp. announced July 16 that it has been awarded a major contract to supply three sets of 60-megawatt geothermal steam turbines and generators (STG) for one of the world's largest geothermal power plants, the Sarulla geothermal power plant project, which is now under construction in Tapanali Utara in Indonesia's North Sumatra.

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