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  • Report: Osaka Soda Continues Expanding Sales, ACM Newly Adopted Mainly in Asia Jul. 19, 2024
    In the previous fiscal year ending March 2024, Osaka Soda’s acrylic rubber (ACM) sales volume increased due to new adoption in automotive parts applications, mainly in China, Southeast Asia, and India, as well as demand for ACM as a substitute for other materials. “We believe that there is still room for ACM to replace other […]
  • Asahi Kasei Sees SSBR Sales Remain Steady This Year Jul. 18, 2024
    Asahi Kasei’s synthetic rubber business for the fiscal year ending this March achieved its full-year operating income forecast, despite difficult conditions in the first half amid economic risks in China. This came as sales remained strong in the second half, especially for SSBR for tires, and the weaker yen also helped boost results. On the […]
  • Report: Zeon Overall Optimistic, Ramping up Technical Support in India Jul. 18, 2024
    Zeon’s elastomer materials business division posted sales of 215.29 billion yen ($1.36 billion), down 3.1% year-on-year, and operating profit of 6.64 billion yen, down 34.8%, in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2024. Synthetic rubber sales and profits were up, and, in addition to a generally normal recovery in Japanese domestic demand from the second […]
  • Japanese Rubber Union Urges Promotion of Women Jul. 17, 2024
    Gomu Rengo, the Japanese Rubber Workers’ Union Confederation, held a labor-management round-table conference to exchange lectures and information to promote the advancement of women. The meeting was attended by 57 representatives from labor and management, thereof 33 from the union side and 24 from the management side. In response to the 2007 revision of the […]
  • Bando Chemical’s Nankai Plant Achieves 12.5 Million No-Injury Hours Jul. 16, 2024
    Bando Chemical’s Nankai Plant in Sennan City, Osaka Prefecture, has over the past 10 years achieved a total of 12.5 million hours without a fatal accident or an accident resulting in one or more days of absence from work, and received a no accident record certificate from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW). […]
  • Sumitomo Riko Wins Aichi Invention Grand Prize for Heat-Dissipating Sound-Absorbing Material Jul. 12, 2024
    Sumitomo Riko received the Aichi Invention Grand Prize, the highest prize, for the first time in the 2024 Aichi Invention Award sponsored by the Aichi Institute of Invention and Innovation. The company was awarded for MIF, a heat-dissipating sound-absorbing material. The Aichi Invention Award has been held by the association since 1980 to honor outstanding […]
  • Nitta Opens Satellite Office in Osaka Jul. 11, 2024
    Nitta has on July 9 in Osaka opened a satellite office at Mitsui Link Lab Nakanoshima in Nakanoshima Qross, an international center for future medicine. Nakanoshima Qross is an industrialization base for future medicine established in 2019 by Osaka Prefecture and 21 private companies and others. It aims to promote the industrialization of cutting-edge future […]
  • Maxell Kureha to Raise Prices of All Products, Including Rubber Sheets Jul. 10, 2024
    Maxell Kureha will raise the prices of all its products, including rubber sheets, by 5-20% from September 2, 2024. This will be the company’s first price revision since March 2023. The company said that, in addition to the successive increases in raw material prices, the main reasons for the price hikes are the sharp rise […]
  • NOK Launches Global Matrix Structure Jul. 10, 2024
    Oil seal manufacturer NOK has on June 26 launched a new global matrix structure, which combines two organizations, Business Function, a business axis, and Leading Function, a functional axis that connects 93 NOK group companies in Japan and overseas. The company will strengthen cooperation as Global One NOK and aim for further growth on a […]
  • Yokohama Rubber to Build New Passenger Car Tire Plant in China Jul. 9, 2024
    Yokohama Rubber will build a new passenger car tire plant in China. The production capacity will start at 9 million tires per year and is expected to expand in the future. The investment will be 1.96 billion yuan ($269.62 million), with production scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2026. The construction of the […]

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fujitsu supermarket ai Fujitsu Tests AI Customer Service Solution in Japanese Supermarket Aug. 7, 2023. - Fujitsu has begun testing an innovative AI module in a Japanese supermarket that generates AI avatars and tailors promotional content based on consumer behavior. The field trial, run in collaboration with the Retail AI Institute, is taking place from August 3 to October 15 at Aruk Mitajiri stores operated by supermarket chain Marukyu in Hofu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. This […]
jetro Global Trade Suffers Amid Fragmentation, Warns JETRO 2023 Report Aug. 4, 2023. - According to the World Trade and Investment Report 2023 by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), global trade is faltering due to a myriad of international conflicts and geopolitical risks. The report indicates that enduring tension in Ukraine, an uptick in trade restrictive measures, and the uncertain relationship between the U.S. and China are undermining the principles of free trade. […]
Japan and Germany Co-Develop Standard for Automated Valet Parking Aug. 3, 2023. - In a significant step towards efficient urban mobility, an international standard for “automatic valet parking” co-developed by Japan and Germany has been officially issued. This system leverages autonomous vehicle technology to navigate vehicles into parking spaces in large facilities, improving utilization of parking space and user convenience, reducing accidents, and cutting CO2 emissions. Large complexes, shopping malls, theme parks, and […]
yokohama mhi ccu Yokohama Spearheads Japan’s First Waste-to-Energy CO2 Capture Demonstration Experiment Aug. 2, 2023. - The City of Yokohama, Tokyo Gas, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and MHI Environmental & Chemical Engineering (MHIEC) have launched a pioneering demonstration experiment aimed at capturing and utilizing CO2 emissions from a local waste-to-energy plant. The project, based in Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, is the first of its kind in Japan and involves the separation and capture of CO2 from plant flue […]
Mitsui Chemicals Spearheads Development of Advanced Carbon-Neutral Naphtha Cracking Tech Aug. 1, 2023. - In an ambitious move towards carbon neutrality, Mitsui Chemicals has partnered with Microwave Chemical and Chiyoda Corporation to develop a pioneering naphtha cracking technology, the M-Cracker. The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) adopted this initiative under its program for advancing research, development and social implementation of energy-saving technologies to realize a decarbonized society. Japan’s petrochemical industry annually […]
Japan’s Cabinet Greenlights Strategy for Decarbonized, Growth-Centric Economy Aug. 1, 2023. - In a bid to promote energy stability amid ongoing global challenges and to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, the Japanese Cabinet approved the “Strategy for Promoting the Transition to a Decarbonized Growth-Oriented Economic Structure” (GX Promotion Strategy) on July 28. This approval follows the enactment of several key policies earlier this year, including the “GX Promotion Law” and […]
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Japan’s METI Launches Committee to Accelerate Generative AI Development Jul. 31, 2023. - The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has formed an expert committee to propel the development of generative AI technology. The initiative aims to establish a support scheme for companies developing competitive base models in the fast-evolving field of generative AI. This advanced technology is predicted to have a transformative impact on industrial activities and daily life, tackling social […]
new 10000 yen note New Series of Japanese Bank Notes to Launch in July 2024 Jul. 28, 2023. - The Japanese Ministry of Finance has announced that the new series of Bank of Japan notes, designed to strengthen anti-counterfeiting measures, will start circulating in the first half of July 2024. The initiative follows the decision made by the Ministry in April 2019 to produce a new series of notes to enhance the country’s ability to prevent counterfeiting and fraud. […]
tokyo toyota arena Toyota Breaks Ground on Tokyo’s Next-Gen Sports Complex, Set for Fall 2025 Opening Jul. 26, 2023. - Toyota Motor, Toyota Fudosan, and Toyota Alvark Tokyo announced the groundbreaking for the construction of the highly-anticipated Tokyo A-Arena in the Odaiba Aomi area. Toyota Fudosan hosted the ceremony to commemorate the start of this ambitious project. Expected to be completed in June 2025, the arena aims to begin operations in the fall of the same year. Situated on the […]
mitsui chemicals pellicle Mitsui Chemicals Targets Global Leadership in Pellicle Manufacturing Jul. 25, 2023. - Mitsui Chemicals has announced the inauguration of its new affiliate, Mitsui Chemicals EMS Corp., which started operations on July 1, 2023. The newly established company is built on the pellicle business acquired from Asahi Kasei. As a leading provider of FPD pellicles, used in the LCD panel exposure process, this business has established a strong market presence. The company also […]
ntt kyuden mitsubishi 1 Japan Heralds New Era of Solar Power with Launch of Grid-Scale Battery System Jul. 24, 2023. - NTT Anode Energy Corporation, Kyushu Electric Power Company (Kyuden), and Mitsubishi Corporation officially started operations of a 1.4 MW / 4.2MWh grid-scale battery storage system in Tagawa-gun, Fukuoka Prefecture, marking a significant milestone in Japan’s journey toward renewable energy. The implementation of this system is expected to boost the country’s use of solar power by minimizing the necessity for solar […]
Toyo Ink Unveils Nano-Silver Sintering Paste for Enhanced Power Die Bonding Jul. 21, 2023. - Toyo Ink SC Holdings, the parent company of specialty chemicals firm Toyo Ink Group, has developed a silver nanoparticle paste for die-attach applications. This lead-free material is engineered to meet the needs of next-generation power electronics, capable of sintering at low temperatures under both pressureless and pressure-assisted methods. The silver nanoparticle paste, born from the company’s Corporate R&D Division, caters […]
Denso to Negotiate Transfer of Combustion Engine Parts Operations to Niterra Jul. 19, 2023. - Automotive parts supplier Denso has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to negotiate the transfer of certain internal combustion engine parts operations to Niterra. The move comes as the automotive industry accelerates its shift toward electrification in the push for carbon neutrality. The sector continues to develop internal combustion engines, accounting for regional and country-specific energy situations and fuel usage. […]
mitsubishi shipbuilding lng tank Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Bags Order for LNG Systems from Imabari Shipbuilding Jul. 17, 2023. - Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a Yokohama-based subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has secured an order for 12 units of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel gas supply system (FGSS) from Imabari Shipbuilding. The order includes high-pressure systems for nine LNG-fueled car carriers and three bulk carriers. The units are set to contribute significantly to the decarbonization of the marine environment with a […]
Fujitsu and IHI Collaborate on Blockchain Project for Environmental Value Exchange Market Jul. 12, 2023. - Fujitsu and IHI Corporation have made significant progress in their joint project, which aims to contribute to carbon neutrality and establish an environmental value distribution platform supporting environmental value transactions. The project, initiated in fiscal year 2022, focuses on simplifying the environmental value creation process and preparing for the issuance of J-Credit, a carbon credit system. Under the initiative named […]