Service for sweet-toothed train buffs to start in Kyushu
Service for sweet-toothed train buffs to start in Kyushu
FUKUOKA--Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) plans to start a “sweet train” service this summer that will serve custom-made confectioneries on a restored train from the Meiji Era...
Toyota looks to clinch long-term partner status for Olympic Games
Toyota looks to clinch long-term partner status for Olympic Games
Toyota Motor Corp. will likely become an official sponsor of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics next month, joining the ranks of McDonald’s Corp. and Coca-Cola Co.
An artist's rendition of the “sweet train" (Provided by Kyushu Railway Co.)
Service for sweet-toothed train buffs to start in Kyushu
FUKUOKA--Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) plans to start a “sweet train” service this summer that will serve custom-made confectioneries on a restored train from the Meiji Era (1868-1912).
Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toyota looks to clinch long-term partner status for Olympic Games
Toyota Motor Corp. will likely become an official sponsor of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics next month, joining the ranks of McDonald’s Corp. and Coca-Cola Co.
A “Genba Danshi” website says, “It is we that support the Japanese industries from behind the scenes.” (Provided by the Osaka Urban Industry Promotion Center)
Kawasaki to give manufacturers a 'cool' image to attract young workers
KAWASAKI--The Kawasaki city government in April will start a campaign to give a “cool” image to jobs that have long been considered difficult, dirty and dangerous.
Hitachi's CrystEna compact container-type energy storage system is being demonstrated in a project in the United States. (Provided by Hitachi Ltd.)
Hitachi, Demansys demonstrate compact energy storage system in U.S.
Hitachi Ltd. said Feb. 26 its U.S subsidiary and an American smart grid technology company have started demonstrations of their recently completed 1-megawatt lithium ion energy storage facility.
Chinese tourists line up at cash registers that handle duty-free goods in Osaka on Feb. 24. (Kazumi Tako)
Chinese New Year holidaymakers revel in spending weakened yen across Japan
As departing tourists packed airports at the close of the Chinese New Year celebration, department stores and retail outlets across Japan were also celebrating sharp increases in sales over the weeklong period.
Dentsu Inc.'s head office in Tokyo's Shiodome district (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Dentsu reports advertising expenditures in Japan top 6 trillion yen for 1st time in 7 years
Advertising expenditures in Japan for 2014 totaled 6.15 trillion yen ($51.63 billion), increasing 2.9 percent from the previous year, according to advertising giant Dentsu Inc.
Takahiro Hachigo (Provided by Honda Motor Co.)
Honda president to step aside following air-bag defect scandal
Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, said Feb. 23 its president Takanobu Ito will step aside and be replaced by another Honda executive.
Kazuhide Sekiyama (Photo by Masanobu Hayasaka)
President of spider silk fabric developer says insects are sophisticated
In a scene from the 2004 movie "Spider-Man 2," Spidey attempts to stop a runaway train by shooting webs from his hands at buildings alongside the tracks and pulling, using the power of the silk to bring it to a halt.
3-D suction blow molding equipment ASPI (Provided by Itochu SysTech Corp.)
Itochu to sell advanced Italian technology used in production of lighter vehicles
Itochu SysTech Corp. said Feb. 23 it has concluded an agreement with Italy’s Soffiaggio Tecnica S.R.L. (ST) for sales of 3-D suction blow molding equipment in Japan to domestic automotive parts manufacturers.
In this July 9, 2002 file photo, Yutaka Katayama, a former president of Nissan Motor Co.’s U.S. unit, speaks during an interview at his office in Tokyo.  (AP Photo)
Yutaka Katayama, 'father of the Z' Nissan sports car, dies at 105
Yutaka Katayama, a former president of Nissan Motor Co.'s U.S. unit who built the Z sports car into a powerful global brand in the 1970s, has died, his son said on Feb. 21. He was 105.
Menus offer halal-certified ingredients at a Muslim-friendly Manekineko karaoke box outlet in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Provided by Koshidaka Holdings Co.)
Japanese businesses turn to halal menus to lure Muslim customers
Restaurants and retailers in Japan are enhancing their selection of halal food permissible under Islamic law to cater to an increasing number of visitors of Islamic faith.
A drone that will be mass-produced in Japan on a test flight in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 20 (Satoru Sekiguchi)
Japan's 1st mass-produced drone takes maiden flight
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--The nation's first mass-produced drone underwent a test flight here Feb. 20 ahead of work assisting cleanup crews near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
A showroom for Takata products in Tokyo's Koto Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.S. to fine air bag maker Takata $14,000 per day
RICHMOND, Va--The U.S. government will fine Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate in a long-running investigation of faulty and potentially dangerous air bag inflators.
A ceremony is held at Universal Studios Japan on Feb. 20 to celebrate a record number of annual visitors to the theme park. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Universal Studios Japan celebrates new record number of annual visitors
The operator of Universal Studios Japan announced on Feb. 20 that the number of visitors to the theme park for fiscal year 2014 has exceeded 11,029,000, the annual record set in fiscal 2001 when the park was opened.
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank inks strategic pact with Man Group of Britain
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd. announced Feb. 20 that it has entered a new strategic deal with a London-based investment management holding company with strength in alternative investments.
Laox electronic appliance store in Tokyo’s Akihabara district is packed with Chinese tourists on Feb. 18, the first day of the Chinese New Year holiday season. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Japan tourist hot spot at start of Chinese New Year
Throngs of Chinese tourists celebrating the Chinese New Year have descended on Japan, where the weak yen gives shoppers more bang for their buck.
The electron microscope developed by Hitachi Ltd. boasts the world's highest  resolution. (Provided by Hitachi Ltd.)
Hitachi develops world's most powerful electron microscope
Electronics giant Hitachi Ltd. said it developed a massive transmission electron microscope with record-breaking resolution powers that allow scientists to peer even deeper into the world at the atomic level.
The first test model of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet is shown after its completion in October last year at Nagoya Airport in Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Test flight of first 'made-in-Japan' passenger jet planned for May
NAGOYA--Japan’s first passenger jet will make its maiden flight on May 29 at the earliest, the manufacturers said.
Toyota vehicles awaiting shipment overseas at the company's hub at the Port of Nagoya (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's trade deficit sinks 58% in January on lower oil prices
Japan's trade deficit plunged nearly 60 percent in January from a year before as exports rose and its import bill for oil and gas dropped, thanks to sharply lower crude oil prices.
Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai outlines its turnaround strategy at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on Feb. 18. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Embattled Sony to separate video-and-sound unit under recovery plan
Money-losing Sony will spin off its video-and-sound business into a separate company and shrink its headquarters as part of a three-year turnaround plan to speed up decision-making and become profitable again.

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