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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. […]

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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 […]
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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 […]
Society 5.0 Japan How Society 5.0 Will Change Japan - The Japanese vision of Society 5.0 promotes the Super Smart Society, in which Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence will change a plethora of things. Much that is now performed by humans will then be carried out by computers. Sweeping changes in business and production will make jobs obsolete and create new ones at the same time. Society 5.0 will change […]
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  • Sumitomo Riko Starts Construction of New R&D Facility for Anti-Vibration Rubber Jun. 18, 2018
    Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has held a ceremony to formally mark the start of construction on a new R&D center. The facility will be established under SumiRiko AVS Germany GmbH, a subsidiary devoted to the R&D and sales of anti-vibration rubber for vehicles and based in Hesse, Germany. Under construction with a budget of […]
  • Inoac to Roll Out High-Performance Elastomer Developed by US-Based Cooper Standard Jun. 15, 2018
    Inoac Corp. is poised to launch the new material Fortrex in Japan within this year. A high-performance elastomer developed by Inoac’s global partner U.S.-based Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc., Fortrex combines the advantages of thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) and ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), and will be sold as Japan’s first superelastomer of its kind. In the U.S., […]
  • Bridgestone Acquires New Jersey-Based Industrial Rubber to Expand Northeastern US Hose Operations Jun. 13, 2018
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) announced on June 1 the acquisition of Industrial Rubber Co. through Bridgestone HosePower LLC, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary engaged in hose sales and services. Established in 1950 and based in the U.S. state of New Jersey with a staff of 17 employees, Industrial Rubber covers hydraulic and industrial hose sales and […]
  • Sumitomo Chemical Develops New EPDM Grade for Rubber-to-Metal Adhesion Jun. 12, 2018
    Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005) has developed a new grade of ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) for rubber-to-metal adhesion, coming as part of a broader company effort to develop various new grades of EPDM. The development of this new grade was achieved via a random arrangement of ethylene and propylene. Sumitomo Chemical is now sending […]
  • Japan’s Construction of New Earthquake-Resistant Buildings Slows for 2016 Jun. 11, 2018
    The total number of large buildings in Japan employing seismic isolation technology reached 4,345 as of December 2016, according to a recent report from the Japan Society of Seismic Isolation (JSSI). This includes projects currently in planning, consists of 853 government buildings and 3,492 private sector buildings, and marks an increase of 160 buildings over […]
  • Zeon Receives Petrochemical Technology Award for CPME Production Process Jun. 8, 2018
    Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has received the fiscal 2017 Japan Petroleum Institute Award for Technological Progress. This comes in recognition of the company’s previous development of a process for manufacturing cyclopentyl methyl ether (CPME). CPME is a hydrophobic ether solvent made using Zeon’s unique raw materials and compounding technologies. Easily separated and recovered from water, it […]
  • Mondo Design Makes Speakers by Recycling Used Tires Jun. 7, 2018
    Mondo Design Co. Ltd., which reuses tires and their inner tubes to manufacture bags and other consumer products, has been creating a stir with its SEAL Speaker line of audio speakers that use old motorcycle tires as-is for a structural frame. Part of the company’s SEAL brand of environmentally friendly products, the wireless speakers also […]
  • Toyoda Gosei Eyes Autonomous Driving, Electrification Trends in 2025 Business Plan Jun. 6, 2018
    Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) is aiming to achieve over 1 trillion yen ($9.14 billion) in sales revenue, an operating profit margin of eight percent and a return on equity (ROE) of 10 percent in a new business plan for fiscal 2025. To this end, the company intends to develop products and commercialize new technologies […]

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