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  • Zeon Recognized as Excellent Corporation for Health Management Mar. 24, 2023
    Zeon has been recognized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Japan Health Council as an Excellent Health Management Corporation (Large-Scale Corporation category). The Excellent Corporation for Health Management certification system recognizes corporations that practice particularly excellent health management based on their efforts to address local health issues and the promotion […]
  • Nitta Again Recognized as White 500 Corporation for Excellent Health Management Mar. 23, 2023
    Nitta, a manufacturer of industrial rubber products such as belts and tubes, has been recognized for the fifth consecutive year as a White 500 company in the awarding of Excellent Health Management Corporations (Large-Scale Corporations category)jointly conducted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Japan Health Council. Nitta positions the physical […]
  • Toyoda Gosei Holds Carbon Neutral Promotion Meeting With About 100 Suppliers Mar. 22, 2023
    Toyoda Gosei held a Carbon Neutrality Promotion Meeting Toward 2030 with the participation of about 100 suppliers to support the promotion of carbon reduction activities at suppliers. Based on an open and equal relationship between the company and its suppliers, the companies are working to strengthen each other’s corporate structure through collaboration in product development, […]
  • Bridgestone Earns Highest 3-Star Rating in FIA’s Environmental Certification Programme Mar. 21, 2023
    Bridgestone has been awarded the highest three-star rating in the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) Environmental Certification Programme for its motorsports activities. The program is a certification program designed to promote sustainable motorsports activities by evaluating the environmental management systems of stakeholders in motorsports activities and mobility domains around the world, and the FIA provides […]
  • Construction Equipment Demand Forecast for 2023 Mar. 20, 2023
    The Japan Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) recently announced its forecast for construction machinery demand in fiscal 2023 (April 2023-March 2024), with shipments expected to reach a record 3.05 trillion yen ($23.14 billion), up 341.5 billion yen from the previous forecast announced in August 2022. This would be the first time for the value of […]
  • Bridgestone to Become Title Sponsor of FIA’s ecoRally Cup Mar. 20, 2023
    Bridgestone will join as title sponsor the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) “ecoRally Cup,” a rally competition to determine the most efficient use of electricity by vehicles. The new event will be called the “Bridgestone FIA ecoRally Cup” and Bridgestone and the FIA will support the ecoRally Cup through a multi-year partnership agreement. The Bridgestone […]
  • Fujikura Composites to Expand Curved Surface Printing Blanket Business Overseas Mar. 17, 2023
    Fujikura Composites said that its printing materials (blankets) business posted year-on-year sales and profit growth in the first half (April-December) of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023. The Japanese domestic market was sluggish, but the weak yen helped drive strong exports, which drove performance. Another positive factor was the penetration of price increases implemented […]
  • Lanxess Develops Tool to Automatically Calculate Carbon Footprint of Products Mar. 16, 2023
    Lanxess has developed the Product Carbon Footprint Engine, a tool that automatically calculates the carbon footprint of its products. The tool uses existing data accumulated by the company’s divisions to calculate the emissions generated from the extraction of raw materials to the shipment of products to factories, following a cradle-to-gate approach in the product lifecycle. […]
  • JATMA Supports End-of-Life Tire Removal Project in Kuma City Mar. 15, 2023
    The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) has recently confirmed that the project for restoring Kama City to its original state through the removal of waste tires has been completed. JATMA decided on January 7, 2022 to grant support funds of 17.1 million yen ($128,000) to the city, receiving a letter of appreciation for its […]
  • Japan’s Rubber Unions Submit Demands, See Wage Improvements Progressing Mar. 14, 2023
    The Japanese Rubber Workers Union Confederation (JRC), an organization of labor unions in rubber companies, has submitted its demands for the improvement of living standards for the spring season of 2023. As of March 8, 50 unions had submitted their demands, according to a survey conducted by JRC. According to the survey, 39 unions submitted […]
AI Robotics Society 5.0 Japan Automation and Robotics Automation and Robotics in Japan Mar. 24, 2023. - Japan has long been at the forefront of innovation in automation and robotics. The country’s aging population, labor shortages, and high costs have made it imperative for Japanese companies to find ways to streamline their operations and remain competitive. In this article, we’ll explore the history and current state of automation and robotics in Japan and its impact on the […]
manufacturing trends to watch in japan Trends to Watch in Japan: The Future of Manufacturing Mar. 20, 2023. - Japan has long been a leader in manufacturing, producing everything from cars to electronics to robotics. The country’s manufacturing sector has been a key driver of its economy, but the industry is also facing challenges from automation, globalization, and changing consumer preferences. In this post, we’ll explore some of the key trends to watch in Japan’s manufacturing sector and how […]
IoT - Ind40 - Smart Factory Connected Industries – Japan’s approach to Industry 4.0 on the way to Society 5.0 Apr. 5, 2019. - 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 Data Protection GDPR bits and bytes GDPR: A Curse or a New Milestone in Data Protection Regulation? May. 22, 2018. - 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 May. 11, 2018. - 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. […]
Fujitsu Ramps up Digital Transformation With AI Demand Forecast Service Feb. 10, 2023. - Fujitsu and Toridoll said that the deployment of Fujitsu’s AI demand forecast service at 823 Marugame Udon noodle shops in Japan, operated by Toridoll. The service will enable Toridoll to accurately forecast the customer numbers and sales by day and time for each shop, based on weather data and POS data held by Toridoll. Fujitsu will help digitally transform operations […]
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Inpex Complete Conceptual Study for Ammonia Bunkering Vessel Feb. 9, 2023. - Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group company based in Yokohama, has recently completed a conceptual study for an ammonia bunkering vessel capable of supplying ammonia fuel to ships. This study involved joint investigations with Inpex, which boasts abundant achievements and experience in the energy supply chain, in order to respond to increasing demands for ammonia-fueled ships. Since ammonia […]
Mazda Premiers New CX-90 Crossover SUV Feb. 8, 2023. - Mazda in North America has recently unveiled the Mazda CX-90, the company’s new mid-size crossover SUV. The company plans to introduce four models from its Large Product Group by the end of 2023 to the global market where demand for SUVs is strong. Following the CX-60 released last year, the CX-90 is the second model in Mazda’s Large Product Group […]
Honda Organizational Changes to Accelerate Electrification Business and Realize New Value Creation Feb. 7, 2023. - Honda Motor said it will make organizational and operational changes, effective April 1, 2023, as it continues working toward the fulfillment of its vision to serve people worldwide with the “joy of expanding their life’s potential” in the areas of mobility and people’s daily lives. With this year’s changes, Honda will further solidify the direction of the organizational changes made […]
Toyota: Sales, Production, and Export Results for 2022 Feb. 6, 2023. - Toyota announcesdits sales, production, and export results for December 2022 as well as the cumulative total from January to December 2022, including those for subsidiaries Daihatsu and Hino. Highlights: – In 2022 (January to December), despite the impact of production constraints caused by the spread of COVID-19, increased demand for semiconductors, and other factors, global sales were at the same […]
Hitachi Astemo, Trend Micro, and VicOne Expand Collaboration on Security Solutions for Connected Cars Feb. 3, 2023. - Hitachi Astemo, Trend Micro and its subsidiary VicOne have expanded their collaboration to provide security solutions for connected cars, aiming for commercialization by 2025. Hitachi Astemo’s division that develops in-vehicle components for connected cars has been working with Trend Micro on the joint development of security solutions for connected cars since October 2021. Now, Hitachi Astemo,Trend Micro and VicOne, will […]
All-New eK X EV Earns Top Rating in Vehicle Safety Performance 2022 Car Assessment by JNCAP Feb. 2, 2023. - Mitsubishi Motors announced that the all-new eK X EV (pronounced “eK ‘cross’ EV”), an all-electric kei-car, has earned the Five Star Award, the highest rating, in the Vehicle Safety Performance 2022 car assessment by Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP). Mitsubishi Motors remains committed to its safety-oriented philosophy of achieving a mobility society with zero traffic accidents through continued efforts […]

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