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Cabinet Approves the FY 2018 Annual Report on Energy (Japan’s Energy White Paper 2019) Jun 7, 2019: - The Annual Report on Energy (also known as the “Energy White Paper”) overviews the measures on energy that the Government of Japan conducted in the previous fiscal year, which is submitted to the Diet pursuant to Article 11 of the Basic Act on Energy Policy (Act No. 71 of 2002). On June 7, 2018, the Cabinet approved the Energy White […]
Nissan and Infinity announce sales results for May 2019 Jun 6, 2019: - In China, Nissan continued to outperform the sluggish market for the past 10 consecutive months despite a slight decline of its China and passenger vehicle business in the first five months of 2019, down 0.4% from a year earlier to 587,197 vehicles and 2.2% to 481,613 vehicles, respectively. The light commercial vehicle business – Dongfeng Automobile Co., Ltd. (DFAC) and […]
METI Publishes Report Titled “GLocal Growth Strategy” Compiled by the GLocal Growth Strategy Study Group Jun 5, 2019: - The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) established a GLocal Growth Strategy Study Group, aiming to: break through stereotypical ideas that have pervaded Japan, such as “no growth is expected in a society facing a population constraint;” and encourage regional cities and rural areas with a small population at the front line of the declining population issue to establish […]
Nissan and Infinity announce sales results for May 2019 Jun 6, 2019: - In China, Nissan continued to outperform the sluggish market for the past 10 consecutive months despite a slight decline of its China and passenger vehicle…
Statement from Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa regarding FCA-Renault merger proposal Jun 4, 2019: - "I am aware that FCA’s merger proposal will be discussed by Renault’s board this week. I believe that the potential addition of FCA as a…
Suzuki announces April 2019 Automobile Production, Japan Sales, and Export Figures Jun 1, 2019: - Production April 2019 (units) Year-on-Year Year-on-Year Trends Jan.–Apr. 2019 (units) Year-on-Year Japan production 80,953 101.6% Up for the first time in three months 331,724 99.4%…
Nissan reduces compensation of CEO Hiroto Saikawa Jun 1, 2019: - n consideration of matters related to the misconduct led by the company's former chairman, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has decided to reduce the compensation of…
Manipulating Nanoscale light in nanocavity of scanning tunneling microscope junctions Jun 3, 2019: - Manipulating nanoscale light in scanning tunneling microscope junctions is attained by nanofabrication of gold tips using a focused ion beam technique. Researchers at Fritz-Haber Institute,…
Created new artificial rhodopsin protein – Expecting elucidation of neural networks in the deep brain Jun 1, 2019: - Rhodopsins are protein families that work with light energy, transmit visual information in the body of animals and transports ions in the cells of micro-organisms…
Organic laser diodes move from dream to reality May 31, 2019: - Researchers from Japan have demonstrated that a long-elusive kind of laser diode based on organic semiconductors is indeed possible, paving the way for the further…
New cable-free brain imaging method may take social neuroscience to the next level May 28, 2019: - Existing electrophysiological and fluorescence-based brain imaging techniques in mice are generally invasive, require head fixes or cables, and are not suitable for long-term recordings. While…
Cabinet Approves the FY 2018 Annual Report on Energy (Japan’s Energy White Paper 2019) Jun 7, 2019: - The Annual Report on Energy (also known as the “Energy White Paper”) overviews the measures on energy that the Government of Japan conducted in the…
METI Publishes Report Titled “GLocal Growth Strategy” Compiled by the GLocal Growth Strategy Study Group Jun 5, 2019: - The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) established a GLocal Growth Strategy Study Group, aiming to: break through stereotypical ideas that have pervaded Japan,…
Addition of Businesses Required to Submit Prior Notification Concerning Inward Direct Investment May 27, 2019: - On May 27, 2019, the government of Japan publicized the public notices of the revision of the types of businesses subject to the provisions over…
TCFD Consortium to be inaugurated May 24, 2019: - On May 27 (Mon.), 2019, five founders, inducing Mr. Kunio Ito, Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University, will inaugurate a new body called…
FANUC: Construction of New Factory May 14, 2019: - FANUC CORPORATION is pleased to announce the construction of a new factory for ROBONANO. The existing ROBONANO factories (two buildings) will be combined, and shall…
Yokogawa Releases FAST/TOOLS R10.04 Real-time Operations Management and Visualization Software Apr 17, 2019: - Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces the release of FAST/TOOLS R10.04, the latest version of its renowned real-time operations management and visualization software, and will…
Asahi Breweries announces Future Management Strategy at IR Day Jun 5, 2019: - View presentation: https://www.asahigroup-holdings.com/en/ir/pdf/19pdf/190604.pdf
Asahi Group announces Western Europe Business Briefing Jun 1, 2019: - View presentation: https://www.asahigroup-holdings.com/en/ir/pdf/19pdf/190529.pdf
Asahi Group Human Rights Principles Formulated May 28, 2019: - Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. (Head Office: Tokyo; president: Akiyoshi Koji; the “Company”) has formulated a Asahi Group Human Rights Principles, based on the United Nations…
Asahi Holdings completes acquisition of the beer and cider business of Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C. May 7, 2019: - Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. (“Asahi”) is pleased to announce that Asahi Europe Ltd (“AEL”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi, completed the acquisition of the…
IoT - Ind40 - Smart Factory Connected Industries – Japan’s approach to Industry 4.0 on the way to Society 5.0 - Industry 4.0 was first introduced in Germany. The term comes from the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” and refers to the digitalization of production. In the last editorials we described how Japan then introduced the idea of Society 5.0, which looks at digitalization from a societal viewpoint aiming at the Super Smart Society. Information Technology (IT), especially Artificial Intelligence, will change many […]
EU-Japan FTA - Abe, Tusk, Juncker EU and Japan Sign Breakthrough Free Trade Agreement - In a boost for global free trade, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and EU Presidents Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk yesterday signed the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to lay the ground work for the creation of an open trade zone covering over 600 million people. Also known as JEFTA, the deal has been long in the making, but was […]
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) METI Releases White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2018 - The global economy is facing significant shifts, according to the 2018 White Paper on International Economy and Trade released recently by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). These shifts include movements against the free trade system under the WTO, advancement of digital transformation including expanding digital trade, and the rise of China and other emerging and developing economies. […]
EU Data Protection GDPR bits and bytes GDPR: A Curse or a New Milestone in Data Protection Regulation? - Data has become a valuable resource and currency over the past years. Methods of data processing, profiling and automated decision making are improving constantly, enhancing business processes and customer relations. From the perspective of the EU, it was just about time to update the old 1995 Data Protection Directive to protect its citizens against data and privacy breaches. Adopting the […]

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