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  • Toyota Unveils GR Sports Car Range, Announces Opening of 39 Sales Centers Across Japan Sep. 22, 2017
    Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) announced on Sept. 19 the launch of its new GR sports car range. The first phase will see 11 variants of nine models launched under the GR brand before the end of March 2018, including the Vitz and Prius PHV. In conjunction with this, Toyota will open 39 GR Garage sales […]
  • Flying Car Startup to Establish Bases in Aichi and Tokyo Sep. 22, 2017
    Flying car startup Cartivator Resource Management recently announced that it will establish two development bases – one in Aichi Prefecture and another in Tokyo. The Aichi base will be established at Sentan, a manufacturing and creation hub in the city of Toyota. Support will be provided by the city, which hopes for the base to […]
  • Pioneer Forms Capital Alliance With Here Technologies to Provide Autonomous Driving Maps Sep. 22, 2017
    Pioneer Corp. (TYO:6773) announced on Sept. 19 that it has agreed with Here International BV, also known as Here Technologies, to enter into a capital and business alliance. With automakers ramping up developments in autonomous driving, the two companies aim to use their partnership to supply high-precision global maps – one of the key devices […]
  • METI to Build Shared Industry Foundation for Model-Based Development Sep. 21, 2017
    The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is embarking on the creation of a shared foundation for model-based development (MBD) among members of the automotive industry. METI plans to decide on the areas for collaboration by automotive component, such engine and transmission, and put together a model for evaluating performance by fiscal 2020. The […]
  • Bosch Targets 2019 for Mass Production of New Powertrain Unit Sep. 21, 2017
    German-based Robert Bosch GmbH recently announced the development of its new e-axle powertrain, which combines motor, inverter and transmission components into one unit. The e-axle is scheduled to go into mass production in or around 2019. Compared to when these components are separate, the new powertrain improves energy efficiency while reducing weight and cost. The […]
  • Mitsubishi Motors to Launch New Clean Diesel Engine SUV in Europe Sep. 21, 2017
    Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (TYO:7211) recently announced a 2018 European launch for the company’s new Eclipse Cross, a compact SUV equipped with a clean diesel engine (DE). Although DE vehicles in Europe face intense scrutiny with the discovery of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, they still account for over 40 percent of the new car market. Europe […]
  • Isuzu to Develop Diesel Hybrid Vehicles for Thai Market Sep. 20, 2017
    Isuzu Motors Ltd. (TYO:7202) has announced that it will develop a diesel hybrid system for use in pickup trucks and other light commercial vehicles (LCVs). The company aims to bring the new technology to Thailand in the early 2020s, with India and other countries to potentially follow at a later date. The move comes as […]
  • METI Looks to Automate Domestic Hydrogen Stations Sep. 20, 2017
    The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is currently aiming to automate hydrogen stations. Such unmanned stations will enable self-filling by the user, and will be remotely monitored by licensed professionals. The stations ensure the safety of hydrogen equipment by calculating an appropriate inspection frequency based on information such as temperature, pressure and number […]
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  • Japan, Thailand Get Ready to Move Joint H-FAME Biodiesel Project Into High Gear Sep. 22, 2017
    Japan and Thailand are set to move forward in a big way on a biodiesel project between the two countries. The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) has licensed to Japanese companies its technology for partial hydrogenation of fatty acid methyl ester (H-FAME), a new biodiesel that uses non-food biomass, while two Thai chemical companies […]
  • Ube Industries to Double Shipping Capacity for Ammonia Sep. 22, 2017
    Ube Industries Ltd. (TYO:4208) has announced that it will double its shipping capacity for ammonia, which is used as a base material in products such as synthetic fiber. The firm will implement the increase at its Ube Chemical Factory in Yamaguchi Prefecture by updating storage and shipping facilities for liquefied ammonia, and by preparing loading […]
  • Daio Paper to Commercialize CNF for Use in Sporting Goods Sep. 22, 2017
    Daio Paper Corp. (TYO:3880) is accelerating its initiatives to commercialize cellulose nanofiber (CNF). The Japanese paper manufacturer plans to bring CNF to market as early as this year for use in sporting goods. Within two to three years, Daio Paper aims also to expand this business to the area of resin reinforcement for building materials […]
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings to Offer Package of Auto Materials and Technologies in Europe Sep. 21, 2017
    Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp. (TYO:4188) will kick off an effort in Europe to offer a package of the group’s materials and technology to the automotive sector. The company has set up an Automotive Solutions (AMS) center in Munich, Germany to coalesce a regional strategy for automobile materials. In Europe, Britain and France have come out […]
  • Hitachi Gets to Work on CO2-Free Hydrogen Supply Chain Sep. 21, 2017
    Hitachi Ltd. (TYO:6501) is moving forward on the construction of a CO2-free hydrogen supply chain. The company has started work on a demonstration project in Miyagi Prefecture for hydrogen transport through the use of hydrogen storage alloys. Hitachi is working together on the demonstration with Marubeni Corp. (TYO:8002), Miyagi Consumer’s Co-operative Society (Miyagi COOP) and […]
  • Phenol Demand Expected to Continue Growing 5% Per Year in Asia Sep. 21, 2017
    Asian demand for phenol is projected to continue growing at an average rate of 5.2 percent per year until 2020. This is due in part to expected production capacity increases – particularly in China – for phenol derivatives such as polycarbonate (PC), phenolic resin and epoxy resin. Other factors expected to contribute are the construction […]
  • Host of European, US Companies Set up Automotive Lightweighting Facilities in Japan Sep. 20, 2017
    A series of European and U.S. chemical companies are establishing in Japan supply systems for new materials and technical support bases to handle the country’s demand for automotive lightweighting. Henkel AG & Co. KGaA has established a Composite Lab – a technical support hub for carbon fiber and glass fiber composite parts – in the […]
  • Ethylene Production Favorable in August, Up 10.9% From Last Year Sep. 20, 2017
    According to data compiled by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s (METI) Material Industries Division, ethylene production for August totaled at 562,000 tons for a year-on-year increase of 10.9 percent. With the impact of production stoppages at three ethylene facilities from 2014 to 2016 coming full circle, demand for petrochemical products both domestically and […]
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  • ISO Issues New Standards to Determine Biobased Content of Rubber Products Sep. 22, 2017
    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has issues new international standards for the determination of biomass-based (biobased) content of rubber and rubber products based on a proposal filed by Japan. Aiming at the popularization of rubber products derived from biomass raw materials to decrease environmental burdens and reduce the consumption of petroleum resources, the standards […]
  • Nishikawa Rubber CEO Discusses North America, Sealing Products Sep. 21, 2017
    Nishikawa Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5161), a large manufacturer of rubber parts for the automotive industry, inaugurated Yoshitomo Fukuoka as its new CEO three months ago. Unlike most in the automotive parts industry, Fukuoka’s prior work has been based around shipbuilding, and his switch between these highly divergent industries has drawn attention over recent months. Japan […]
  • Bridgestone and Kuraray Give for US Hurricane Relief Sep. 20, 2017
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) and chemical products manufacturer Kuraray Co. Ltd. (TYO:3405) have announced that they will donate aid to the victims of the recent hurricanes in the U.S. Bridgestone, and its U.S. subsidiary Bridgestone Americas Inc., will donate $1 million to the American Red Cross in order to support those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and […]
  • Nishikawa Rubber Settles US Civil Suit Sep. 20, 2017
    Major automotive rubber parts manufacturer Nishikawa Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5161) announced on Sept. 14 that it had reached an agreement in principle for a settlement with plaintiffs in a class-action civil lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, involves the company’s sales of automotive sealing components. Nishikawa […]
  • Michelin Japan Unveils New Information About Ota R&D Center Sep. 19, 2017
    Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. has released new information on the activities of the Michelin Group’s R&D Center in Ota, Gunma Prefecture. According to this new information, the center is currently targeting research on passenger car and light truck (LT) tires and is the only facility in the Michelin Group capable of conducting basic research […]
  • Mitsubishi Chemical and Air Liquide Subsidiary Partner on Butadiene Technology Sep. 15, 2017
    Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. signed a cooperation agreement on Sept. 7 with Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, a subsidiary of French firm Air Liquide SA. Under the agreement, Air Liquide E&C will license Mitsubishi Chemical’s process for manufacturing butadiene from n-butene. The aim is to develop a technology licensing business by packaging together Mitsubishi Chemical’s butene […]
  • Midori Anzen Develops New Plant-Based Polyester Work Gloves Sep. 15, 2017
    Midori Anzen Co. Ltd. has added a new product to its Plantex Glove series of work gloves made from plant-based polyester. Designed for use in the logistics industry, the natural rubber gloves feature a new non-slip grip and have an unlined back. In the Plantex Glove series, at least 80 percent of each product by […]
  • Zeon, AIST Show Biodegradability of SG-CNT Sep. 14, 2017
    Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have announced research findings revealing that super-growth single-walled carbon nanotubes (SG-CNT) are biodegradable inside immune cells. Zeon and AIST have developed a technology that exploits the tendency for carbon nanotubes (CNT) to absorb near-infrared light in order to quantify the amount […]

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Old Japanese House Japan Moves Quickly Toward Energy-Efficient Buildings - By Hiroyuki Arie, General Manager, Business Stream Systems at TÜV Rheinland Japan   Fire, typhoon and earthquake resistance of buildings has long been of paramount importance in Japan. This is partly because for a long period of time, the majority of structures were lightly made of wood. If a house caught fire in the Edo period (1603–1868), firefighters often chose […]
Tokyo Buildings JETRO Releases Global Trade and Investment Report 2017 - Japan’s trade balance last year marked its first surplus in six years, according to the recently released Global Trade and Investment Report 2017 by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). At the same time, the country’s outward FDI stood at record highs, while inward FDI from Asia to Japan continued to grow. Global trade declines 3.1%, downturn for two straight […]
Otemachi Tokyo Japanese Government Earmarks 46B Yen in Subsidies for SMEs - The Japanese Cabinet is setting aside 46 billion yen ($416 million) in planned subsidies for SMEs, small enterprises or other entities in fiscal 2017, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The subsidies are part of the government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and geared toward business activities based on R&D results. Subsidies for SMEs The […]
Monozukuri - Japanese Craftsman Japan Ramps up Business Succession Support Amid Aging Owners - Small and Medium Enterprises form the backbone of Japan’s economy. They employ the majority of people and account for a large share of the country’s economic power. Yet as the aging population of business owners increases, hundreds of thousands of SMEs in Japan are about to face the time when they must hand over their businesses to the next generation. […]
EU-Japan Summit July 7 A Trade Deal for the 21st Century - On the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg, the European Union and Japan reached a political understanding about a new comprehensive free trade agreement. During the EU-Japan Summit, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, hailed the agreement as “the birth of the world’s largest, free, industrialized economic zone.” EU officials proclaimed it “the most important bilateral trade agreement ever concluded […]
Japanese Overseas Subsidiaries Increase Sales for 4th Quarter in a Row - Total sales of Japanese overseas subsidiaries have increased 7.9 percent from January to March 2017, according to a recent survey published by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). This marks the fourth consecutive quarter of increasing sales. Sales by Region Sales in Asia grew 8.8 percent during the quarter, also showing growth for the fourth quarter in a […]

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