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  • Nitta Posts Financial Results, Sees Opportunity in Semiconductor-related Business May. 24, 2024
    Nitta announced net sales of 88.61 billion yen ($565.29 million), up 0.7% year-on-year; operating income of 4.42 billion yen, down 11.4%; ordinary income of 12,01 billion yen, down 6.9%; and net income of 9.68 billion yen, down 9.2%, for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2024. “Sales were decent, but profits fell sharply due to […]
  • Bando Chemical Invests in Agricultural AI Startup May. 23, 2024
    Bando Chemical has invested in Inaho, a company that provides services for manufacturers focusing on automated agricultural harvesting robots using AI. With the mission of making farming more sustainable with technology, Inaho is a startup company that supports the resolution of management issues in agriculture through the use of AI and Robotics. To this end, […]
  • Yokohama Rubber to Expand Motorsport Tire Production Capacity at Japanese Plant May. 22, 2024
    Yokohama Rubber will expand the production line for motorsports tires in sizes larger than 18 inches at its Mishima Plant in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture. With an investment of around 3.8 billion yen ($24.3 million), production capacity will be increased by 35%. Construction of the expanded production line is scheduled to begin in the third quarter […]
  • Bridgestone Begins R&D on Tire Materials Using Next-Gen Synchrotron Radiation Facility May. 22, 2024
    Bridgestone has begun research and development of tire materials utilizing NanoTerasu, a 3GeV high-brilliance synchrotron radiation facility located on the new Aobayama Campus of Tohoku University. NanoTerasu utilizes soft X-rays, which are suitable for observing polymer materials such as rubber, to observe polymer materials widely used in tire products on a molecular scale. By understanding […]
  • Sumitomo Rubber Successfully Observes Lithium Sulfur Battery Cathode Material Fine Structure May. 21, 2024
    Sumitomo Rubber has succeeded in observing the fine structure of the sulfur-based cathode active material of the lithium sulfur (LiS) battery it is developing, using latest measurement technology at NanoTerasu, a 3 GeV high-brilliance synchrotron radiation facility. The observation was conducted jointly with Tohoku University. In addition to the prospects for LiS batteries, which are […]
  • Denka Considers Drastic Measures in Chloroprene Rubber Business May. 20, 2024
    Denka is considering to decide on drastic measures for its chloroprene rubber (CR) business by the end of 2024. President Toshio Imai will “consider all options,” centered on a close examination of optimal production capacity, including capacity reductions. The environment surrounding the CR business is severe. While the supply-demand balance has eased significantly since the […]
  • Sumitomo Rubber to Conduct Joint Research on Rubber Tree Tissue Culture Technology with Khon Kaen University May. 17, 2024
    Sumitomo Rubber and Khon Kaen University, a national university in Thailand, have concluded an agreement on joint research on rubber tree tissue culture technology, and held a signing ceremony. The purpose of the research is to analyze data on the plant physiological response of rubber tree and to elucidate the mechanism that leads to improved […]
  • Kouhoku Rubber Wins Award of Excellence at Tokyo Business Design Award May. 16, 2024
    Kouhoku Rubber was highly acclaimed at the Tokyo Business Design Award 2023 in February this year, receiving the Award of Excellence. The award is designed to create new businesses by combining the excellent technologies and materials of small and medium-sized manufacturing companies in Tokyo with ideas from designers. Companies that collaborate with designers are selected […]
  • Yokohama Rubber Adds Cellular and Cone Fenders to Solid Fender Product Lineup May. 15, 2024
    Yokohama Rubber has in April added cellular fenders and cone fenders to its solid fender product lineup for use in port moorings. Following the release of the basic model V-type solid fender in July 2023, the two higher-performance products complete a lineup that meets a wide range of user needs. Going forward, the company plans […]
  • NOK and Eneos Jointly Develop Self-Lubricating Rubber May. 14, 2024
    NOK and Eneos have jointly developed “self-lubricating rubber,” a rubber material that reduces friction in oil seals and other sealing products by up to 40% compared to conventional products and maintains the same sealing performance as before even in poorly lubricated environments. In industries where sealing products are in demand, the amount of lubricating oil […]

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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 […]