Japan carmakers struggling to keep up with foreign competitors in China
Japan carmakers struggling to keep up with foreign competitors in China
Japanese automakers are still lagging behind their foreign counterparts in China despite overcoming a severe slump in sales following the government’s purchase of some of the...
Okayama company to market luxury jeans with Ivory Coast cotton
Okayama company to market luxury jeans with Ivory Coast cotton
KURASHIKI, Okayama Prefecture--A clothing company in Kurashiki, a hotbed for denim production, will start marketing jeans in Japan and abroad that use cotton produced in the Ivory...
Nissan Motor's new factory in Dalian, Liaoning province, in October (Tokuhiko Saito)
Japan carmakers struggling to keep up with foreign competitors in China
Japanese automakers are still lagging behind their foreign counterparts in China despite overcoming a severe slump in sales following the government’s purchase of some of the Senkaku Islands two years ago.
Japan Blue Co.'s jeans use cotton wholly grown in the Ivory Coast. (Hiroshi Miura)
Okayama company to market luxury jeans with Ivory Coast cotton
KURASHIKI, Okayama Prefecture--A clothing company in Kurashiki, a hotbed for denim production, will start marketing jeans in Japan and abroad that use cotton produced in the Ivory Coast on Nov. 26.
Gold Wing 2015 models are assembled at Kumamoto Factory. (Provided by Honda Motor Co.)
Honda's cumulative global motorcycle production marks 300 million units
Honda Motor Co. announced on Nov. 25 that its cumulative worldwide motorcycle production reached the 300-million-unit milestone in September and held a ceremony at Kumamoto Factory to celebrate reaching the milestone.
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IMF calculations show little or no inflation Abe hoped for
In-house calculations by the International Monetary Fund showed that Japan’s inflation rate, excluding the effects of foreign exchange fluctuations, has hovered around zero in 2014, sources said.
Tomoki Aoyama, an engineer at Horiba Ltd., next to a compact PM 2.5 measurement device he developed  (Tetsushi Yamamura)
Compact device measures level and source of PM 2.5
KYOTO--Precision tool maker Horiba Ltd. has developed a compact analyzer for PM 2.5 fine particulate matter that can identify individual constituents of the pollutant.
An Airbus A330 aircraft to be used by Skymark Airlines in its possible code-sharing arrangement with JAL (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Skymark in talks with JAL for code-sharing arrangement
Struggling Skymark Airlines Inc. is in talks with Japan Airlines Co. for a code-sharing arrangement involving five routes out of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, a potential deal that has infuriated rivals.
A jetliner operated by All Nippon Airways Co. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANA to slash fares for Tokyo-Hokuriku flights to compete with new Shinkansen
All Nippon Airways Co. said Nov. 21 that it will reduce fares for flights between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and two regional airports in the Hokuriku region from March to better compete with the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line.
An iron production factory in Hebei province, China (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China joins other nations to boost growth
BEIJING--China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Nov. 21 to re-energize the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown.
An Asahi Shimbun reporter drives Toyota Motor Corp.’s fuel-cell vehicle on a test-ride course in Tokyo’s Koto Ward on Nov. 19. (Shigetaka Kodama)
Toyota's fuel-cell Mirai offers quiet ride with race-car acceleration
Directed by a Toyota Motor Corp. employee, I sat in the driver's seat for a test ride of a Mirai, the world's first fuel-cell vehicle to be sold on a commercial basis, on a course in Tokyo's Koto Ward.
Casio Computer Co.'s music-making smartphone app that turns short, hummed tunes into songs (Provided by Casio Computer Co.)
Casio Computer app lets anyone be a songwriter by humming tune
Casio Computer Co. has developed a smartphone app that will compose songs when users hum short, original melodies into the microphone.
In a photo sticker created with the machine for the United States, left, eyes do not appear as prominent as in the sticker produced with a machine used in Japan, right. Similarly, the skin is not as whitish as in the Japanese-made sticker. (Photos provided by Furyu Corp.)
Hollywood to get first photo sticker machine fine-tuned for Americans
The first Japanese “purikura” photo sticker machines designed specifically for the U.S. market will be available in California from December.
Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president of quality at air bag maker Takata Corp., apologizes before a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in Washington on Nov. 20. (AP Photo)
Takata exec apologizes over air bag scandal, Honda admits it failed to quickly report trouble
WASHINGTON--The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda Motor Co. acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags.
The Mazda2 sedan (Provided by Mazda Motor Corp.)
Mazda2 sedan to debut at Thailand motor show
Mazda Motor Corp. announced Nov. 21 that it will unveil the sedan version of Mazda2 (Mazda Demio in Japan) at the Thailand International Motor Expo 2014 later this month.
Citizen Watch's flagship store in New York (Provided by Citizen Watch Co.)
Citizen Watch launches global flagship store in New York's Times Square
Citizen Watch Co. has opened a flagship store in New York City's iconic Times Square, the company's first such store in North America, it said Nov. 20.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.'s new liquid hydrogen plant in Harima, Hyogo Prefecture, on Nov. 19 (Tetsuya Kasai)
Kawasaki Heavy creates Japanese-made liquid hydrogen plant
HARIMA, Hyogo Prefecture--Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. became the first company to establish a plant that turns hydrogen gas into liquid fuel using only Japanese components.
Passenger cars are loaded on a transport vessel for export in Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Nov. 3. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan trade deficit narrows in October as exports rise
The drop in oil prices helped trim Japan's trade deficit in October, as exports of cars, ships and steel picked up pace.
Updated Mazda6 built according to U.S. specifications (Provided by Mazda Motor Corp.)
Updated Mazda6, CX-5 on display in L.A.
Mazda Motor Corp. on Nov. 19 revealed updated versions of the Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 at the Los Angeles Auto Show in California.
Sojitz wins contract for railway electrification works in India
Japan’s Sojitz Corp. and India’s Larsen & Toubro Ltd. have won a contract from the Indian railway ministry for electrification work on a 915-kilometer section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor.
An artist's conception of Shimizu Corp.'s Ocean Spiral structure (Provided by Shimizu Corp.)
First deep-sea city of the future could be reality by 2030
Residents could be living in a massive eco-city extending thousands of meters beneath the ocean's surface within 15 years, according to a plan unveiled Nov. 18 by a leading Japanese construction firm.
A facility occupied by automotive parts maker Takata in Auburn Hills, Michigan, on August 16, 2014. (AP Photo)
U.S. auto regulator seeks nationwide recall of Takata air bags
WASHINGTON--The U.S. auto safety regulator on Nov. 18 called on Japanese supplier Takata and five automakers to expand nationwide a regional recall of potentially deadly air bags, increasing pressure on the industry to act more swiftly in the growing scandal.

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