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  • Bridgestone Opens Mining Solutions Center in Australia Apr. 19, 2019
    Bridgestone Mining Solutions Australia Pty Ltd. (BMSA), an Australian subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) that sells and services mining vehicle tires and conveyor belts, recently opened the Hunter Mining Solution Centre (HMSC). The HMSC provides mining companies with a suite of solutions for on-site operations that includes the sale, maintenance and repair of mining vehicle […]
  • Bando Chemical to Bolster Medical Device Business With Acquisition of Aimedic MMT Apr. 18, 2019
    Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195) announced on April 5 that it signed a share purchase agreement to acquire all shares of Aimedic MMT Co. Ltd., a manufacturer, seller and provider of after-sale services for orthopedic medical devices. Acquired from a fund managed by the Polaris Capital Group Co. Ltd. for around 10.55 billion yen ($94.23 […]
  • Toyo Tire Develops Drive Simulator for Virtual Tire Performance, Safety Education Apr. 17, 2019
    Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) has developed a driving simulator with realistic steering, accelerator and brake controls for tire performance safety education events. Control software developed by Toyo Tires will enable drivers to virtually experience how tire wear can change braking distance under rainy conditions or cause hydroplaning, as well as how differences in inflation pressure […]
  • Bridgestone Wins Design Rights Infringement Lawsuit Against Chinese Tire Manufacturer Apr. 16, 2019
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) announced on April 12 that it has won a design rights infringement lawsuit against the Shengtai Group in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court. The case stemmed from the Japanese firm’s claim that the major Chinese tire manufacturer utilized a tread pattern patented for the Bridgestone ST3000 truck tire. Bridgestone first filed the […]
  • Bridgestone to Join JAXA, Toyota for International Space Exploration Mission Apr. 15, 2019
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it is set to join the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) in an international space exploration mission. Through the mission, JAXA and Toyota aim to expand the domain of human activity while also developing new intellectual property. Bridgestone, meanwhile, will move forward with research […]
  • Ube Industries to Acquire Spanish Compound Manufacturer Through European Subsidiary Apr. 12, 2019
    Ube Industries Ltd. (TYO:4208) announced on April 8 that its consolidated subsidiary Ube Corporation Europe SAU (UCE) has decided to acquire Spanish compound manufacturer Repol SL. The companies have agreed to a share transfer on the basis of a deal for UCE to acquire a majority of Repol’s shares in late March. Based in Valencia, […]
  • Bridgestone’s Ecopia EP150 Adopted as OE Tire in New Nissan, Mitsubishi Models Apr. 11, 2019
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has begun supplying its Ecopia EP150 tires as OE for several new models of kei-class light motor vehicle. The tire is now being sent out for use in the new Nissan Dayz as well as the Mitsubishi eK Wagon and eK X. Tires under the Ecopia brand are able to maintain excellent […]
  • Bridgestone Acquires Digital Fleet Solutions Unit From Netherlands’ TomTom Apr. 10, 2019
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) on April 2 completed its acquisition of digital fleet solutions provider TomTom Telematics, a former business unit of TomTom NV of the Netherlands. The acquisition was effected after Bridgestone subsidiary Bridgestone Europe NV/SA received approval from regulatory authorities and satisfied other procedural requirements. The purchase price was 910 million euros ($1.03 billion). […]

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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 […]
Odaiba Illumination Japan’s Casino Gambling Bill Gets Green Light- Japan is on the verge of joining the global casino community thanks to a bill that is set to be passed by the Diet. The parties involved have reached an agreement over the structure of the bill which will see local residents charged an entrance fee of 6,000 yen to use casinos while visitors from overseas will have free access. […]
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Path to Power: New METI Report on Corporate Law and International Competitiveness- The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said it has released a report on Corporate Law and International Competitiveness, covering ideal approaches to legal functions in Japanese companies. It is the result of work by the Study Group for Development of Ideal Approaches to Legal Functions in Japanese Companies for Enhancement of International Competitiveness, which aims at discussing policy […]
JAXA Tanegashima Space Center JAXA and JAMA Work Together on AI Systems for Self-Driving Cars- The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said that it started collaboration with the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) on quality assurance of AI platforms designed to drive autonomous automobiles. In working with Japan’s car industry, JAXA aims to obtain the knowledge necessary to develop safe AI software onboard spacecraft. Through developing spacecraft and other pursuits, JAXA has acquired and built […]
Global digital business EU-Japan Trade Deal Lacks Digital Ambition- When the EU signed a free trade agreement with South Korea in 2010, it guaranteed protection against liability for Internet platforms – a key ingredient to maintaining Internet freedom. When the EU signed a free trade agreement with Japan last year, the guarantee against liability for Internet platforms was missing. Guarantees also were gone on the freedom of data flows […]
Japan Automotive Daily Ceases Publication- We are very sorry to inform you that JapanAutomotiveDaily.com, the English online edition of Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun, is ceasing publication today. While the website will remain online for some time afterward, no further articles will be published after Friday, June 29, 2018. We would like to again express our deepest thanks to our readers for their patronage. In accordance with […]

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