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  • Bridgestone Soft Robotics Ventures Exhibits at Smart Factory Expo Sep. 29, 2023
    Bridgestone Soft Robotics Ventures exhibited for the first time at the Smart Factory Expo during the Factory Innovation Week held at Makuhari Messe from September 13 to 15. In conjunction with the exhibition, the company’s booth featured demonstrations of parts picking and other factory operations, including a demonstration in which a single soft robotic hand […]
  • Kohshin Rubber Signs Disaster Prevention Agreement With Miyagi Prefecture Sep. 29, 2023
    Kohshin Rubber concluded a disaster prevention agreement with Miyagi Prefecture to strengthen emergency measures in the event of a disaster. Under the agreement, Kohshin Rubber will supply Miyagi Prefecture with rubber and vinyl products such as rubber boots, raincoats, and rubber gloves in the event of a large-scale disaster occurring or threatening to occur in […]
  • Mitsui Chemicals Uses IBM’s AI to Achieve Higher Accuracy and Speed to Find New Applications Sep. 28, 2023
    Mitsui Chemicals and IBM Japan have achieved higher accuracy and speed in the search for new applications of Mitsui Chemicals’ products by combining Microsoft Azure OpenAI’s GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer), a type of generative AI, and the IBM Watson AI. Specifically, the number of dictionaries created specific to Mitsui Chemicals increased approximately 10-fold, the efficiency […]
  • Dow Starts Operations at New MDI Distillation and Prepolymer Facility Sep. 27, 2023
    Dow began operations at a new MDI distillation and prepolymer facility at Dow’s global manufacturing site in Freeport, Texas. The investment will optimize the company’s existing asset infrastructure and strengthen Dow’s position in high-growth applications in the automotive, construction, consumer, and industrial markets. The new MDI facility in Freeport will replace existing North American production […]
  • Tokyu Bus, Toyo Tires and Itochu Join Forces for Sustainable Natural Rubber Supply Chain Sep. 26, 2023
    Tokyu Bus will be the first bus company in the world to participate in Project Tree, an initiative led by Itochu that aims to achieve traceability and sustainability of natural rubber. Itochu will further promote the project with the cooperation of Toyo Tires, which supplies tires to Tokyu Bus. Natural rubber is the main raw […]
  • Goodyear Announces Premium Products for Asia-Pacific Region Sep. 25, 2023
    Goodyear announced premium products for the Asia-Pacific region at an event on September 12 themed around its history of 125 years. It also highlighted its history of industry-leading innovation and announced an increased commitment to an even more sustainable Better Future going forward. The new products announced include the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6 luxury sport […]
  • Fujikura Composites Forms Business Alliance With Singaporean Company Sep. 22, 2023
    Fujikura Composites, a manufacturer of industrial rubber products and carbon shafts for golf, decided on August 30 to form a business alliance with Singapore-based Fu Yu Corporation. The date of the agreement is September 1. Fu Yu manufactures high-precision plastic injection molded products and molds, metal injection and metal punching, as well as post-processing of […]
  • Bridgestone Obtains ISCC PLUS Certification at Four Tire Plants in Japan Sep. 21, 2023
    Bridgestone has acquired ISCC PLUS certification, one of the international certifications for sustainable products, at its four tire plants in Japan: Kurume, Tosu, Tochigi, and Hikone. This is the first time for tire plants in Japan to receive ISCC PLUS certification. ISCC PLUS certification is a system that ensures that raw materials derived from renewable […]
  • Sumitomo Rubber to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Sep. 20, 2023
    Sumitomo Rubber supports the Pink Ribbon Campaign to promote early detection and early treatment of breast cancer, which is estimated to affect one in nine women. Through the Pink Ribbon Campaign, the company aims to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society in which all women can shine by providing them with correct knowledge, […]
  • Toyo Tires Supplies Open Country R/T Tires at XCR Sprint Cup Hokkaido Sep. 19, 2023
    Toyo Tires supplied and supported Open Country R/T tires for pickup trucks and SUVs at the XCR Sprint Cup Hokkaido held from September 8-10 in Obihiro City, Hokkaido. Masato Kawabata of the team Flex Show Aikwa Racing with Toyo Tires won his class in the 5th round, the Rally Hokkaido. The XCR Sprint Cup Hokkaido […]
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 […]

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