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  • Bridgestone Supports Displaced Ukrainian Students Aug. 10, 2022
    Bridgestone supports the efforts of Japan University of Economics to accept displaced students and international students from Ukraine, and has decided to provide internships and plant tours for those accepted by the university. The internship period will run from August 29 to September 9 and from January 26 to March 20, for a total of […]
  • Nagase Chemtex Develops Resin for 3D Printers Aug. 10, 2022
    Chemical company Nagase Chemtex has developed the RS-IAG series, a special resin that can be used to reproduce detailed 3D printed data, and will market it for applications such as 3D printer-made mid soles for shoes. While the manufacturing of shoes using a 3D printer has the advantages of increased design freedom of the sole, […]
  • NOK’s Sealing Business With Lower Sales and Profits on Automobile Production Cutbacks Aug. 9, 2022
    NOK’s results for the first quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023 (April-June 2022) showed sales of 161.031 billion yen ($1.193 billion), up 2.7 percent year-on-year; operating loss of 1.394 billion yen (versus 6.882 billion yen profit in the same period last year); ordinary income of 4.941 billion yen, down 54.6 percent; and […]
  • Tosoh Maintains Steady Chloroprene Rubber Results Year-on-Year Aug. 9, 2022
    Chemical company Tosoh has posted its results for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, revealing sales revenue of 252.33 billion yen ($1.87 billion), up 25.4 percent year-on-year; operating income of 30.31 billion yen, up 0.5 percent; ordinary income of 43.62 billion yen, up 35.9 percent; and net income of 28.44 billion yen, up 31 percent. […]
  • Bridgestone to Increase Hydraulic Hose Production Capacity in Thailand Aug. 8, 2022
    Bridgestone will increase production capacity at Bridgestone NCR (BSNCR) in Thailand, a global supply base for hydraulic hoses. The total investment will be around 4.9 billion yen ($36.3 million). Capacity will be gradually built up starting in the second quarter of 2025, with global production capacity to be increased by approximately 30 percent from the […]
  • Asahi Carbon Raises Price of Carbon Black Effective August 1 Aug. 8, 2022
    Asahi Carbon said that it has raised the price of all carbon black products for rubber by 46.3 yen ($0.34) per kilogram for deliveries from August 1. The company said that oil market conditions continue to be tight and that the price of the carbon black feedstock oil continues to rise due to deteriorating global […]
  • Survey: Current Economic Conditions of Japanese Rubber Makers – Part 2 Aug. 5, 2022
    This article follows part 1 in a series of 2 on a Japan Rubber Industry survey conducted in July of the rubber and plastic product manufacturing industry regarding business conditions and outlook conducted. In the “Fiscal 2022 Earnings Forecast (Plan),” sales continue to recover, but the outlook for ordinary income is divided. The largest share […]
  • Survey: Current Economic Conditions of Japanese Rubber Makers – Part 1 Aug. 5, 2022
    In July, Japan Rubber Industry conducted a survey of the rubber and plastic product manufacturing industry regarding business conditions and outlook. According to the survey results, fiscal 2021 performance has recovered significantly from the previous year’s impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but many companies have not yet reached pre-pandemic levels. Business confidence is also stalling […]
  • Achilles Backs Athlete’s Push to Break Guinness World Record in Rope Skipping Aug. 4, 2022
    Shoe manufacturer Achilles is supporting Akitoshi Moriguchi in his push to break a Guinness World Record for rope skipping. Moriguchi, a professional rope skipper, is aiming to be the first in the world to achieve eight revolutions in a single skip. And to support this endeavor, Achilles is providing him with its Hyper Jumper shoes, […]
  • Goodyear Participates in Tire Development for Lunar Exploration Vehicle Aug. 4, 2022
    Goodyear will participate in the development of tires for lunar rover vehicles in collaboration with U.S.-based company Rocky Road Martin. The tire maker has supplied key products to NASA’s Apollo Program, symbolized by Apollo 11, the first successful human landing on the moon 53 years ago. The new joint development continues the tradition of tire […]

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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 […]

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