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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. […]
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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 […]
Odaiba Illumination Japan’s Casino Gambling Bill Gets Green Light - Japan is on the verge of joining the global casino community thanks to a bill that is set to be passed by the Diet. The parties involved have reached an agreement over the structure of the bill which will see local residents charged an entrance fee of 6,000 yen to use casinos while visitors from overseas will have free access. […]
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 […]
JAXA Tanegashima Space Center JAXA and JAMA Work Together on AI Systems for Self-Driving Cars - The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said that it started collaboration with the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) on quality assurance of AI platforms designed to drive autonomous automobiles. In working with Japan’s car industry, JAXA aims to obtain the knowledge necessary to develop safe AI software onboard spacecraft. Through developing spacecraft and other pursuits, JAXA has acquired and built […]
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  • Sumitomo Rubber to Launch Japanese Sales of US-Developed Motorcycle Tires Dec. 19, 2018
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) plans to launch Japanese sales of the Dunlop Sportmax Q4 hypersport radial motorcycle tire. Developed and produced in the U.S., the tire is set for phased-in Japanese sales from March 1, 2019. One front tire size and five rear tire sizes are to go on sale. The first Sumitomo Rubber […]
  • Promising Signs Emerge in Japanese Market for Studless Winter Tires Dec. 18, 2018
    While snowy conditions around Japan have started later than average this winter, recent developments are hinting at a more favorable tailwind for sales of studless winter tires. Coming into mid-December, northern Japan is finally seeing full-fledged winter conditions, while elsewhere even parts of the Kanto region are beginning to see snowfall. Publishing a demand forecast […]
  • Japan’s Rubber Hose Production Expected to Rise 0.2% for 2019 Dec. 17, 2018
    Japan’s production of rubber hoses is expected to total 38,530 tons for 2019, according to a recent report from the Japan Rubber Hose Manufacturers Association. This would represent production growth of 0.2 percent over figures projected for 2018. Looking at automotive hoses, production is projected to rise 0.1 percent year-on-year to reach 24,650 tons for […]
  • Japan’s Rubber Belt Production Expected to Stay Around Current Levels for 2019 Dec. 14, 2018
    The Japan Belting Manufacturers Association has projected that Japan’s production of rubber belts for 2019 will come to a total of 26,619 tons, sitting at a similar level to figures from 2018. Domestic demand is expected to account for 19,660 tons of this total, down by 2 percent, with exports rising by 6 percent to […]
  • Bridgestone CEO Masaaki Tsuya Sees Service Networks as Key to Success in Shifting Tire Market Dec. 13, 2018
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) CEO Masaaki Tsuya recently sat down for an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly. Talking about the importance of service networks in the tire industry, Tsuya said that these will be crucial going forward as lifestyle changes exert an influence on the market. As a general rule, Tsuya said, customers buy tires not […]
  • Toyo Tires President Sees Upcoming Name Change as Pivot Point Into Mobility Dec. 12, 2018
    Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) President Takashi Shimizu has reasserted his company’s path to specializing in mobility through tires and auto parts. Shimizu pointed to the background leading up to Toyo Tires’ capital tie-up with Mitsubishi Corp. (TYO:8058) that was announced on Nov. 1, the aims from this, and how his company will […]
  • Sumitomo Rubber Begins Run-Flat Tire Deliveries for New Lexus Compact Crossover Dec. 11, 2018
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently began delivery of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 DSST CTT to Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203). A high-performance run-flat tire, it is being deployed as a factory-standard product for use in the new Lexus UX compact crossover launched in November.   The Lexus UX comes as a new addition […]
  • Bridgestone CEO Masaaki Tsuya Discusses Focus on Europe, US Markets Dec. 10, 2018
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) CEO Masaaki Tsuya is focused in on Europe and the U.S. as two markets for his company to build upon. Tsuya recently sat down to talk with Japan Rubber Weekly and offer his breakdown of the market situations here and what his plans are here for Bridgestone. Tsuya sees Europe as being […]

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