JR Kyushu struggles to attract foreign travelers for luxury cruise train
JR Kyushu struggles to attract foreign travelers for luxury cruise train
FUKUOKA--When JR Kyushu launched its new luxury sleeper cruise train, the Nanatsuboshi (Seven Stars), in October 2013, it envisioned foreign passengers occupying half the suites.
Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange headed for liquidation after court rejects bankruptcy protection
Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange headed for liquidation after court rejects bankruptcy protection
The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for liquidation after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application.
Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles at a news conference in Tokyo's Kasumigaseki district on Feb. 28 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange headed for liquidation after court rejects bankruptcy protection
The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for liquidation after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application.
Joseph Nicolaas van Caldenborgh, from the Netherlands, second from right, and his partner, Charlotte Weers, far right, talk on a platform at JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka on April 11 about their just-concluded trip aboard the Nanatsuboshi train. (Kaname Kakuta)
JR Kyushu struggles to attract foreign travelers for luxury cruise train
FUKUOKA--When JR Kyushu launched its new luxury sleeper cruise train, the Nanatsuboshi (Seven Stars), in October 2013, it envisioned foreign passengers occupying half the suites.
Vietnamese employees develop websites in Japanese at Evolable Asia in Ho Chi Minh City. (Akihiro Nishiyama)
Japanese companies set up IT businesses in Vietnam
HO CHI MINH CITY--As the Vietnamese government invests in information technology education, the country's rapidly growing pool of talent is attracting notice from Japanese website and smartphone app developers.
Cargo containers stacked in the port of Guangzhou, Guangdong province (The Asahi Shimbun)
China's growth slows to 24-year low of 7.4 percent
BEIJING--China's economic growth slowed to a 24-year low of 7.4 percent in the first quarter, raising the risk of job losses and a potential impact on its trading partners.
Nissan's new Brazilian industrial complex in Resende, state of Rio de Janeiro (Provided by Nissan Motor Co.)
Nissan opens production facility in Brazil to grow market share
Nissan Motor Co. officially opened its $1.2 billion (122 billion yen) complex in Resende, state of Rio de Janeiro, the automaker said April 15.
Sony, Hydro-Quebec join to develop large-scale electric storage system
Sony Corp. and Canada's largest electricity producer, Hydro-Quebec, announced April 16 they will establish a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids.
Toshiba Corp. unveils its new 40-inch 4K TV, the J9X, in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on April 14. (Tomoyuki Izawa)
Toshiba to launch Japan’s smallest 4K TV in July
Toshiba Corp. will release in July a 40-inch TV with 4K resolution, the smallest model featuring the next-generation ultra-high definition technology, it was announced April 14.
Sony Corp. shows off ultra-high definition 4K TV sets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Ultra-high definition TV part of World Cup program
The World Cup will showcase the latest in TV technology that industry leaders hope will usher in a new era in sports broadcasting.
The Pentax 645Z (Provided by Ricoh Imaging Co.)
Ricoh to release super-high-resolution Pentax 645Z digital SLR camera
A new Pentax medium-format digital single-lens reflex camera will hit stores in late June, Ricoh Imaging Co. said April 15.
A designer and a programmer at Level-5 Inc. check out a nearly completed game character. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fukuoka moves up a level with game industry
After seeing factories close and manufacturers move production overseas, Fukuoka city is now banking on the game industry to become a crucial pillar of the local economy.
From left: the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3 (Provided by Mazda Motor Corp.)
Mazda rolls past 1 million mark with Skyactiv vehicles
Mazda Motor Corp. announced on April 14 that global production of its three vehicles with full Skyactiv technology that seeks to increase fuel efficiency, the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3, has surpassed 1 million units, reaching 1,040,000 units as of the end of March 2014.
New Fujitsu software allows high-speed search while accumulating data
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. on April 14 announced the development of the industry's first software technology that can perform high-speed searches on information even as it is being accumulated at a speed of 40 Gbps.
Demonstrators gather near the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on April 11 to protest the Cabinet's approval of the new basic energy plan. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
Abe administration steers away from nuclear-free policy
Turning a blind eye to the Fukushima crisis and public outcry over the safety of atomic power, the Abe administration has decided not to pursue a nuclear-free society.
Masafumi Shukuri, center, chairman of the International High-Speed Rail Association, shakes hands with top executives of four JR high-speed train operators at the association’s first meeting April 10 in Tokyo. (Shimpei Doi)
Shinkansen operators link up to push bullet train exports
Four of Japan’s bullet train operators have established a joint sales promotion body to compete globally with European and Chinese firms, touting their safety record over the past 50 years.
A Spring Airlines aircraft at Kansai International Airport (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China's soaring potential a springboard for budget airlines
BEIJING--The chairman of Spring Airlines requires his employees to use both sides of a sheet of paper before throwing it away and even removed most of the bulbs lighting the corridor to his office--all part of his quest to save money.
The Lexus NX 300h, left, and the Lexus NX 200t (Provided by Toyota Motor Corp.)
Lexus to reveal new NX compact crossover at Beijing motor show
Toyota Motor Corp. said April 11 that the automaker will unveil the Lexus NX, a new luxury compact crossover model, at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, which will be held in Beijing from April 20 through April 29.
Naoki Izumiya, president of Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Asahi Group to acquire Malaysian dairy business
Asahi Group Holdings Ltd., a major beverage and food business group, will acquire Etika Dairies Sdn Bhd., based in Kuala Lumpur, and 11 other companies engaged in the dairy business in Southeast Asia, Asahi Group said April 10.
A Chinese flag in the City of London in March reflects a growing number of Chinese financial institutions opening branches in one of the world's largest financial hubs. (Akira Suemori)
NEW SUPERPOWER RELATIONS: Beijing's high hopes for renminbi to rival U.S. dollar
As China pushes its renminbi as an international medium of exchange that will someday rival the U.S. dollar, European countries are trying to cash in on the currency's potential.
Toyota's Vitz subcompact (Provided by Toyota Motor Corp.)
Toyota to recall nearly 6.5 milllion vehicles for steering, other faults
Toyota Motor Corp., in its second-largest recall announcement, said on April 9 that it would call back 6.39 million vehicles globally after uncovering five different faults involving parts ranging from steering to seats.
NTT Communications starts U.S. cloud-based virtual desktop service
NTT Communications Corp. (NTT Com), the data, cloud and international communications arm of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., is now offering its Enterprise Virtual Desktop Infrastructure service in the United States.

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