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  • Continental’s EcoContact 6 Performance Tires Adopted as OE for Mercedes-Benz C-Class May. 17, 2019
    Continental Tire Japan Co. Ltd. recently announced that its EcoContact 6 tires, a series of high-performance eco-friendly tires launched in March, have been adopted as OE for the new-model Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Specifically, the front tires for the new C-Class will be 225/45R18 95Y XL EcoContact 6 MO tires, with the rear tires to be 245/40R18 […]
  • Nitta Achieves Year-on-Year Increase to Belt, Rubber Product Sales for 2018 May. 16, 2019
    Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) recently posted its results for fiscal 2018, revealing a total of 89.17 billion yen in annual sales – up by 22.2 percent year-on-year. On the profit side of the equation, the company made 5.66 billion yen in operating income, up 16.4 percent year-on-year; 11.47 billion yen in ordinary income, down 0.3 percent; […]
  • Buss Begins Full-Scale Japanese Sales of New Continuous Kneader Equipment May. 15, 2019
    Buss Japan Ltd., the Japanese subsidiary of Swiss-based specialist kneader manufacturer Buss AG, has launched full-scale domestic sales for Compeo, a new series of continuous kneaders. Built upon the technologies that Buss has built up over its history in the kneader industry, the Compeo series allows for a single unit of equipment to cater to […]
  • Zeon Achieves Growth to S-SBR Sales, Expects to Hit Capacity in 2020 May. 14, 2019
    Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) is seeing strong sales growth with its business for solution-polymerized styrene–butadiene rubber (S-SBR), recording year-on-year growth of 9 percent to its sales here for fiscal 2018. Going forward, the expectation is that this same level of growth will continue – and if it does, the company will likely have both its production […]
  • Rubber Unions, Companies Settle on Wage Increases for 2019 May. 13, 2019
    The Japanese Rubber Workers’ Union Confederation has released the results of its 2019 spring labor initiative aimed at securing higher wages and bonuses for workers at major rubber companies. As part of this, the organization announced that 56 of its 58 member unions submitted wage requests, of which 49 have reached a settlement with the […]
  • Shin-Etsu Polymer Achieves Year-on-Year Increases to Sales, Profits May. 10, 2019
    Shin-Etsu Polymer Co. Ltd. (TYO:7970) posted its business results for fiscal 2018 on April 25, revealing an increase to both sales and profits. The results show that the manufacturer of silicone molding materials generated 85.46 billion yen in sales for the year, up by 7.7 percent year-on-year. Operating profit came to 8.15 billion yen, up […]
  • Sumitomo Rubber Set to Start up New Environmental Conservation Projects Across Japan May. 9, 2019
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) is planning this year to run another set of environmental conservation efforts under its Team Enasave Future Project, which the company carries out in conjunction with the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan. The first initiative as part of this will begin in Niigata on May 26, looking to […]
  • Toyota Adopts Toyo Tires’ Open Country Series as OE for New RAV4 May. 8, 2019
    Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) recently announced that its Open Country tire series has been adopted by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) as OE for the automaker’s new-model RAV4, which launched in North America last December. The styling of the new Toyota RAV4 conveys power befitting an SUV while also mixing this with a sense of refinement. […]

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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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